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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

New Zealand

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We are re-opening Monday 31 August!
Regular days of operation: Thursday - Monday Bookings are essential - purchase your tickets online 24 hours in advance with a discount of 20%!
SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

EXPERIENCE LEARNING IN OUR UNDERWATER CLASSROOM

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We're ready to welcome you!

Here at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's, we can't wait to welcome you back again! Our full educational range is on offer: semi-guided tours, classroom sessions as well as self-directed visits.   

You can send a booking enquiry online, or email our education team via learn@kellytarltons.co.nz to secure your excursion with us today!

LEARN WITH SEA LIFE!

We have something fun and inspirational for all ages!

In addition to our amazing aquarium experience, we work closely with schools to develop information that engages and inspires young people. Self-directed visits as well as curriculum-linked semi-guided tours and classroom sessions are available for schools, and we give daily creature presentations for groups to watch and enjoy as well.

From Turtle Rescue to our famous Shark Tunnel to ‘Amazing Creations’ where your students drawing come to life, we allow students (and teachers alike!) to dive deeper into the underwater world of the marine creatures they meet throughout their visit.

If you’re hungry for more, we offer unforgettable sleepover experiences under the SEA! These even include an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour where our expert staff will fill you in on the daily diet of sharks and the breeding habits of seahorses!

Throughout the year, we host a programme of fun educational events, like Plastic Free July and Sea Week, to raise awareness of marine conservation issues.

What you can discover at Kelly Tarlton's

With displays ranging from marine to freshwater, sub-Antarctic to tropical – we certainly have a lot to offer! Some of the zones you will be able to discover and explore include:

  • Antarctic Ice Adventure with the largest colony of penguins on display in the Southern Hemisphere, and a replica of the historic Scott’s Hut.
  • Turtle Bay featuring the current residents of New Zealand’s one and only turtle hospital!
  • Shipwreck Shores – an unforgettable play area where you really can find Nemo.
  • Shark Alley and Shipwreck Discovery showcasing thousands of native marine animals.
  • Fish Gallery hosts tropical, freshwater and temperate animals. The most diverse section of the aquarium with inhabitants all the way from Africa!
  • Seahorse Kingdom full of weird and wonderful sea horses, as well as sea dragons that cannot be seen on display anywhere else in the world.

Three ways to explore and learn!

There are three ways to explore SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's with your school group - self-directed, classroom session or semi-guided tours. You can learn more about these options on the Plan Your Excursion page.

Our programs are also tailored to suit the needs of each stage of learning and development. Find out more about each of these below.

>> EARLY CHILDHOOD

>> PRIMARY & INTERMEDIATE

>> HIGH SCHOOL & TERTIARY

School Aquarium Sleepovers

Join us for a magical underwater sleepover where you and your students can exclusively experience SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium after the sun goes down. Your students will LOVE seeing their favourite marine animals in a whole new light!

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FREE Educational Resources

Your and your entire class can dive into the underwater world even before your excursion to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's! Visit our Virtual Aquarium for an ocean of activities, fact sheets, videos and more!

 

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Ocean Youth Ambassador

Ocean Youth is a programme targeted at teenagers keen to get involved in marine conservation and nature-based learning. Not only will they gain valuable experience, but they'll also develop transferable skills and meet like-minded "oceanpreneurs". Young sea-loving leaders will have the opportunity to create and collaborate on projects that will help our oceans survive and thrive into the future.

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Aquarium Volunteering

Anyone with a passion for the marine environment and a flair for customer service can join our team as a volunteer. With full training provided on-site, our volunteers ensure that each and every one of our guests has a magical and memorable experience; as well as walking away with a greater understanding on our oceans and the animal that live there.

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