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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

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Open daily 9.30am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
Penguins under the arctic

Explore the Antarctic Ice Adventure

Sub-Antarctic Penguins

Be amazed at our King and Gentoo Penguins as they swoop and swoon through icy cold sea water. Antarctic Ice Adventure is the world's largest display Antarctic and Sub Antarctic Penguin colony as well as being one of the most successful breeding programs on the planet!


King Penguins

The King is the second largest of the 17 species of Penguin - the largest is the Emperor Penguin. King penguins are easily recognisable by their distinctive yellow markings. A large penguin, our Kings weigh between 15-20 kgs [averaging 16 kgs] and are about 85-95cms tall! This is about the same as Kings in the wild. Each year the King penguins moult (lose all of their feathers at one time and grow a new set) to keep their coat perfectly waterproof.


Gentoo Penguins

Our Gentoo penguins weigh between 5 and 7kgs each and are about 75 -90cm tall. This is the same as Gentoos in the wild. A Gentoo is easily recognised by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head. They have a lifespan of 17-22 years, usually longer in captivity.


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