Now known as the less cumbersome SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, this aquatic zoo houses over 30 marine life displays from over 80 different species including the world's largest penguin colony exhibit. Opened in 1985, the aquarium is the brainchild of its namesake – New Zealand adventurer, explorer, inventor and diver Kelly Tarlton.
This underwater world will engage and enthral fish aficionados of all ages. Divided into 11 different zones, the aquarium offers watery wonders that traverse the icy waters of the Antarctic to deep-sea creatures and colourful tropical fish species. Begin your journey through a replica of explorer Robert Falcon Scott's hut. Then get up close with a colony of King and Gentoo penguins via the walk-through Antarctic Ice Adventure exhibit. Still in the cold of the ocean is the NIWA Southern Oceans Discovery zone with live jellyfish and other rare creatures from the depths.
For marine predators and large sea creatures, the Shark Tunnel, Turtle Bay and Ocean Discovery zones offer awe-inspiring encounters with these magnificent species. The curved, clear underwater viewing tunnel provides a fish-eye view as sharks, eels and stingrays swim and glide over your head. On a smaller scale, the Rockpools provide the opportunity to touch the critters that call this environment home, and Seahorse Kingdom is where you can view these delicate and endangered animals with different types from around the world.
For those wanting a more adrenalin-pumping underwater visit, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's offers snorkelling with sharks from the safety of a cage. For the more reserved, venture out on the ice with the cheeky Gentoo and majestic King penguins in the Penguin Passport Experience. It's cheaper to purchase tickets online and also recommended to avoid the queues for this popular attraction. A free shuttle service departs from downtown Auckland, from the corner of Commerce and Customs Street outside Kiwi Bank, to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s every hour from 9:30am to 3:30pm.