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National Aquarium of New Zealand

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The National Aquarium of New Zealand, also known as Napier Aquarium is a public aquarium in Napier, New Zealand.


The aquarium originally opened in its current location napier in 1976. In its first year of its life it attracted 230,000 visitors at a time when the population of Napier was about 50,000. In its first 5 years of operation over 750,000 people visited.

In 2002 the aquarium underwent a NZD $8 million extension and renovation which included the addition of a 1,500,000L oceanarium with a 50m acrylic tunnel and the replacement of all the original tanks with newly constructed ones.


The aquarium boasts the following exhibits:

  • African Cichlids
  • Asian Tropical
  • Asian Paddyfield
  • Discovery Centre
  • Asian Water Garden
  • Australian Out Back
  • Water Dragons/Snake-necked Turtle
  • Waterfall
  • Coral Reef
  • Fish Theatre
  • Tuatara
  • New Zealand Stream
  • Kiwi Enclosure
  • New Zealand Fresh Water
  • New Zealand Geckos
  • Eels
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
  • Rocky Shore
  • Seahorse
  • Oceanarium
  • Exhibition Hall


The aquarium has two temporary exhibit halls, one on the upper level and the other adjacent to the oceanarium, a souvenir shop and cafe.

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