About the aquarium
Details (time and price)
Child (3 to 14 years) $10.00
Child (under 3 years) FREE
Senior Citizen or Student $18.00
Family (2 adults & up to 2 children) $54.00
Extra Child $6.00
Maps (or address)
History on the Aquarium
The city’s first purpose-built aquarium opened in 1976 and after an $8 million redevelopment, the National Aquarium officially opened in March 2002.
Aquarium staff have an international reputation for specialist knowledge, including reptile expertise and an ability to keep stocks alive well beyond natural life expectancy rates.
The National Aquarium was the first aquarium to hatch a turtle egg (1975). It has the world’s oldest living Tuatara hatched in captivity (hatched 1980) and these are now part of a database for genetic diversity. Other scientific programmes involved researching the sustainability of the Orange Rough fishery, the effect of ageing on fish and measuring stress levels in Tuatara.
Local fishermen visit regularly to deliver their catch or identify unusual species they have found in the bay. No part of New Zealand is more than 130 kilometers from the sea, making marine education and curiosity natural amongst this country’s four million population.
WOW (amazing job)
When you are in the aquarium you will notice that it is very airy and echo which I think is pretty cool, it feels creepy but amazing to be up-close to the animals and facts over the years but it's an amazing learning space because look what the staff get to by every day the job looks exciting how lucky are they?
What I want to know
How do they feed all the animals?
Do they release the wild life back to the open or not?