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National Aquarium of New Zealand

The tanks at this modern aquarium play host to all kinds of underwater life, from cute sea creatures to fearsome marine predators.

Admire huge sharks as well as stingrays and octopuses at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. See piranhas gliding around and interact with adorable penguins and kiwi birds.

Situated just a few feet from the Pacific Ocean, this shimmering silver aquarium is home to a huge range of marine life from the largest of the world’s oceans. As you pass through a tunnel on the moving walkway that runs beneath the vast oceanarium, look for sharks and short-tailed stingrays. Elsewhere, arrow-shaped skates zoom across the bottom of the tank as sea turtles float by, close to the surface.

Stay at the oceanarium until after lunch to observe aquarium staff feeding the hungry creatures. Once you have observed the aquarium’s largest inhabitants, go in search of some of the smallest. Spot elegant seahorses and schools of tropical fish darting between the coral.

The aquarium also houses an assortment of freshwater species. Watch alligators floating around and terrapins patrolling their tanks. Don’t miss the vicious piranhas. Staff will tell you stories about how a pack of piranhas have been known to devour a whole horses in just a few minutes.

For a truly memorable experience, book an encounter with one of the aquarium’s more docile creatures. Feed and hold little penguins and come face-to-face with kiwi birds and rare three-eyed tuataras. Arrange animal encounters online at least 24 hours before your visit.

Find the National Aquarium of New Zealand on the edge of Hawke’s Bay, a short stroll east of central Napier. The aquarium is open all week and has an admission fee. Browse the on-site gift shop to purchase souvenirs such as T-shirts and cuddly toys of your favourite animals.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from War Memorial Conference Center, Ocean Spa and Pania of the Reef. MTG Hawke's Bay Museum and Marine Parade are also within 5 minutes.

    Beach Front Motel Napier CA $130
    Beach Front Motel Napier

    Beach Front Motel Napier

    373 Marine Parade, Napier
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Napier, this beach motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within 10 minutes.

      Edgewater Motor Lodge CA $120
      Edgewater Motor Lodge

      Edgewater Motor Lodge

      359 Marine Parade, Napier
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Napier motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within 10 minutes.

        Quality Inn Napier CA $117
        Quality Inn Napier

        Quality Inn Napier

        311 Marine Parade, Napier
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Napier, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marine Parade, Napier Beach and Opossum World. Napier Visitor Information Centre and Napier Soundshell are also within 10 minutes.

          Navigate Seaside Hotel CA $123
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          Navigate Seaside Hotel

          50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Napier hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Tobacco Company Building, Napier Botanical Gardens and Pandora Pond. Faraday Centre and Marine Parade are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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            Shoreline Motel

            377 Marine Parade, Napier
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Offering direct access to the beach, this Napier motel is in the city centre, steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within 10 minutes.

              The Nautilus Napier CA $116
              The Nautilus Napier

              The Nautilus Napier

              387 Marine Parade, Napier
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach in Napier, this aparthotel is close to Marine Parade, Nelson Park and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Also nearby are Opossum World and Napier Visitor Information Centre.

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                Pebble Beach Motor Inn

                445 Marine Parade, Napier
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Napier, this beach motel is steps away from Marine Parade, Napier Beach and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Opossum World and McLean Park are also within 15 minutes.