Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium (formerly Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World) is a public aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, that was opened in 1985. Located at 23 Tamaki Drive, it was the brainchild of New Zealand marine archaeologist and diver Kelly Tarlton (1937–1985).
Built in disused sewage storage tanks, the aquarium used a new form of acrylic shaping, which allowed curved tunnels rather than viewing areas with flat panels only, as in previous aquariums. The project is also one of the first to use conveyor belts to slowly move people through the viewing areas.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 5:00 PM|
Lisa Jenkins | Jan 8, 2018
This is a real Auckland gem. Amazing for kids of all ages. Make sure you buy tickets online before you go to cut the long queue (due to so many tourists) and for a price discount. Annoyingly just as you pay you have to have your photo taken but just smile and pass. Penguins are amazing, so is the open top fish tank near the children's soft play area. The revolving aquarium is the best ever. Recently a member of the family did the shark dive this is amazing too. A must visit for a tourist, if you live in Auckland and have children buy the yearly pass.
Chelsey Choy | Jan 11, 2018
Very good aquarium and great for both young and older kids. Lots of interactive displays and the play area is great. Full of teaching opportunities for teachers and parents and self-learning for kids. The fishes and all the other animals are lively, interesting and seem to be very healthy. Unfortunately, I don't have photos of the sharks, turtles and stingrays but they are just as beautiful and majestic.
nenetzin vidal | Feb 20, 2018
The place already seems a little bit used and old. But the activities and exhibitions are really nice. They have an amazing room where you can paint your fish and they would scan it an put it on the screen. You can get a student discount with your student ID or sometimes they have 15% discount tickets on the travel magazines.
Mike Greenawalt | Feb 19, 2018
Good opportunity to see penguins and other creatures of the southern ocean. Good facilities, like cafe, toilets, gift shop. I think Kelly Tarlton does well with its efforts to protect and save endangered ocean species. Lots to learn and DO.
Ajay Chhibber | Mar 3, 2018
Had a quality time here. A very wonderful & learning experience. My favourite part was watching giant Sting Rays closely. Would definitely recommend this. 😍😍
Marian Murphy Kidd | Mar 21, 2018
Fantastic place. Staff are wonderful and facilities adequate. Food is poor and very expensive. Accessible parking is limited and located at the entrance only and very difficult to get back to on exit.
Gabi Barra M. | Apr 2, 2018
The experience at the aquarium is amazing! BUT my personal experience was in some part ruined because I went by bike and there was not a bike park, so I went inside with my bike, and they let me leave it by the side of the tills, telling me that I have to come back few minutes before 4 because they close the entry at this time. I finished my staying at the aquarium in one hour just for get there at 4. But when I got there my bike wasn’t in the place that I left it. So after look for the bike in the whole aquarium for around 15min without success with one of the workers of the souvenir section (really lovely), she made a call, and they said that they just left my bike on the outside of the entry (street). The thing is that anybody could take it (is not something common in New Zealand, but can happen and this is why exist bike parks everywhere), I felt very unwelcome from part of the entry staff.
Eranga Wijesekera | Apr 14, 2018
This place gives value to your money. There is a good variety of all kinds of fish. You can enjoy the ride on the belt exploring the massive fish tank. There are times where they feed the fish as well. You could also see a large number of penguins at this place. A must visit place. Recommended
Muhammad Inamuddin | May 6, 2018
Amazing place to visit, wonderful variety of fishes in this place and you will love to go and recommend people to be here. The beauty is the variety and maintenance of the place. Very cooperative staff and lots of information to gain. Always busy place but enough to accommodate you and your family. If you are in Auckland highly recommended to visit and spent sometime here with family
gita mohan | May 2, 2018
We had a great time! Friends were visiting from the States. They have a five year old. It was magical for her to watch the king penguins. Great place for families.
Vin Cere | Apr 23, 2018
I feel like this aquarium is sometimes unjustly judged against other aquariums internationally. Yes it may be small but considering it’s features and the fact it was pretty much built by one guy, it’s pretty impressive. I will say that if you have been to an aquarium in a larger international city, it might be a slight let down to see how small Kelly tarltons is BUT it is worth the trip as the animals are well cared for, there’s plenty to look at and there’s the amazing activities of the shark cage and the penguin tour. Plus it’s close to the city, and not too expensive (some might disagree but $20-$30 isn’t that bad in my opinion)
TAZ aka Tasneem Karim | Jun 2, 2018
I have always loved visiting this place. Keeps your head calm and some beautiful sea life to see. Their sting rays are quite friendly. Watching them through the glass and they react to you beautifully, it was a shocker for me.
Jess B | Jun 3, 2018
What an awesome afternoon we had! The staff were lovely and the exhibits were brilliant. We took my 10 month old son, he really enjoyed it. We will be back. A must visit for tourists visiting Auckland with kids. Perfect rainy day activity.
Stephanie Ou-Young | May 31, 2018
The penguins are very cool and we enjoyed the travelator-type circuit that allows you to get up close with some of the sea life ... but having visited the aquariums in Toronto, Nagoya, Osaka and even Singapore, this aquarium was just very small in comparison, especially considering the price ($30/adult online if you have 1 kid and during a weekday - and that was the discounted price). We were done in less than an hour! Still, the 3D printer area was fun and the kids also liked the indoor playground. So it was ok but not great. Good for a rainy day.
Lou McD | May 9, 2018
Awesome experience! Definitely perfect for a family with young kids. Seeing the sea animals up so close is just incredible. And if you visit at the right time you can even see some of the animals getting fed, which, I think, is fun for both adults and kids.
kazal karmaker | Jun 23, 2018
I did not sea before any sea life in my this is my first experience. I was really really awesome. Many many sea animals and creatures in here. I saw all of them before in book or movies. It was really awesome day for me and my family. Near here lots of place we enjoy the sea beach area as well. People are catching fish near sea world. Lots car parking here. Staffs are very helpful.
Natalie Doherty | Jul 14, 2018
I haven't been to Kelly Tarlton's since I was a kid about 25 years ago! Now I have a child myself and I wanted to see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised. It sure has grown in size since then. We spent a great 3 hours wandering around all the exhibits. An amazing space to explore. My son loved the penguins, turtles and the sharks. But most of all the water play in the playground. I loved the classic underwater travelator with the stingrays and sharks swimming around you. A bit expensive but worth it I think.
Ragavan Rajan | Jul 10, 2018
Worth visiting this beautiful place. Especially if you have kids they will be amazed with this place. Tickets price was bit expensive. They have shark, sea horse and variety of different fishes. Penguins are eye catching. But they don't have dolphin which was quite disappointing. I have been to several sea world places like this in London and Scotland. When compared to those they have very less sea species. However from my view this Kelly tarton can reduce the price little to attract more customers. Cool pictures i have uploaded in the public gallery.
Pat Delaney | Jul 6, 2018
My son loves this place! Great exhibit and nice cafe in the middle of your adventure too. Staff are super friendly
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