Kelly Tarlton's

Kelly Tarlton's information

Auckland , New Zealand
Address
Street 23 Tamaki Dr
Telephone
+64 9 531 5065
More information
www.kellytarltons.co.nz
Prices
adult/child $34/17
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

In the Underwater World , sharks and stingrays swim around and over you as you're shunted on a conveyor belt through transparent tunnels in what were once stormwater and sewage holding tanks. If you want to get even closer, you can enter the tanks in a shark cage ($79; 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3pm), and if that doesn't sound terrifying enough, you can dive directly into the tanks ($129; 10am).

In a post Happy Feet world, Kelly Tarlton's biggest attraction is the permanent winter wonderland known as Antarctic Encounter . It includes a walk through a replica of Scott’s 1911 Antarctic hut, and a ride aboard a heated snowcat through a frozen environment where a colony of king and Gentoo penguins lives. Newowners with big plans took over the aquarium in March 2012, so there may be some new attractions in place by the time you visit.

Book online for a shorter wait (queues can be horrendous) and a 10% discount. There’s a free shark-shaped shuttle bus that departs from 172 Quay St (opposite the ferry terminal) on the hour between 9am and 4pm.