National Aquarium of New Zealand
The National Aquarium of New Zealand's logo.
The entrance to the aquarium.
|Location||Napier, New Zealand|
|No. of animals||1500+|
|No. of species||50+|
|Major exhibits||Oceanarium, New Zealand Native Animals|
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
- Coral Reef
- Fish Theatre
- New Zealand Stream
- Kiwi Enclosure
- New Zealand Fresh Water
- New Zealand Geckos
- Hawksbill Sea Turtle
- Rocky Shore
- 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.