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Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World

As the first aquarium to utilize curved acrylic sheets to create tunnels for viewing, rather than the traditional viewing areas, the Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (now known as Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium) offered a whole new experience to sea-life lovers in Auckland. The aquarium is tucked away on the edge of Tamaki Drive on Okahu Bay and offers numerous exhibits sure to please both children and parents. Some of the most popular attractions include the Stingray Bay and Seahorse Kingdom. Sharks, penguins, and octopi also make appearances and it is easy to explore with the use of the moving walkway that slips past predatory animals above.

  • Hop on the moving walkway to enjoy the shark tunnel first-hand; keep in mind the curved acrylic sheets actually make the sharks appear smaller and that all species are native to Auckland waters.
  • Interact with gentler species at this Auckland aquarium at the touch pool, where kids can handle starfish, hermit crabs, and sea anemones before heading into the nearby playroom.
  • Delve into the fascinating history, biology, and habits of eels, fish and more sea life native to Auckland and beyond at the Ocean Discovery habitat, which houses over 1500 fish.

Though the facilities seem tucked away into the side of the coast, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World is surprisingly accessible, with a location just 6 kilometres east of Downtown Auckland. Most visitors choose to drive using a private car or rental vehicle, and taxis are also an option. Public transportation is readily available for those interested in an inexpensive and efficient alternative choice. Stagecoach buses leave from the Britomart Transport Centre every 15 minutes, though the aquarium also offers a free shuttle that leaves every hour from Downtown Auckland, across from the ferry terminal.

Hotels near Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

106 hotels near Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

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