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.
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.