Open 9:30am - 5pm daily. Last entries 4pm. 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland

Explore Kelly Tarlton's

Step into Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium and experience magical mystery underwater worlds while meeting some of the incredible animals that call these environments home.

Opened in 1985, the original Underwater World was the vision of Kelly Tarlton - an extraordinary Kiwi adventurer, diver, explorer and inventor, who wanted to share his love of the ocean with others.

The attraction is made up of different zones, such as the Antarctic Ice Encounter, which is home to New Zealand's largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony, offering a rare opportunity to see the magnificent birds up close in their icy domain. Get up close to the 80-strong colony of King and Gentoo penguins to watch their playful antics on the snow and their elegant flight underwater.

A walk-through replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic hut (established back in 1911), complete with authentic memorabilia offers a glimpse at what it was like to live 100 years ago in the coldest place on Earth.

It's a one-of-a-kind Antarctic Adventure you won't forget.

Stingray Bay offers an awe-inspiring look at the giant stingrays, before delving deep into the Underwater World to see the rich variety of species from New Zealand's coastal waters. Come face to face with sharks, turtles, giant rays and other incredible deep sea creatures on the moving walkway.

New Zealand's rocky shore and tropical species await you in Fish Gallery. See everything from crayfish to seahorses, octopus to piranha and moray eels. Then journey into the Seahorse Kingdom with seahorses from around the world.

Animal Adventures

The adventurous visitor can choose to take part in an Animal Adventures - snorkeling with the sharks with Shark Cage, or diving cage-free with Shark Dive Xtreme.

It's all waiting for you at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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Scott Base

Step back in time and discover what like was life at Scott Base, including an authentic a replica of Scott's Hut.


Antarctic Ice Adventure

Get a glimpse of our 80-strong bird colony - New Zealand's only Antarctic Penguin colony.


NIWA Southern Oceans Discovery

Discover more about the Southern Ocean - one of the most inhospitable environments on earth.


Stingray Bay

Stingray Bay offers an awe-inspiring look at giant stingrays close-up in an open top tank. Don't miss the regular presentations.


Interactive Zones

There's plenty of fun and learning to be had in our Interactive Zones, including the Interactive Playroom and the Touchpool.


Shark Tunnel

Slip beneath the waves on a moving walkway, and discover several species of huge sharks found in New Zealand’s waters.


Shipwreck Discovery

Descend into the Shipwreck Discovery zone and discover an underwater world containing over 1,500 fish and authentic Kelly Tarlton artifacts.


Fish Gallery

Journey into New Zealand’s rocky shores, with a wide range of both ocean and freshwater creatures.


Seahorse Kingdom

Gaze into the magical Seahorse Kingdom, filled with magnificent seahorses from around the world.


Animal Adventures

Feeling adventurous? Get face to face with the predators of the deep - sharks! Shark cage snorkel or cage-free Shark Dive!

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