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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

Junior Penguin Keeper

Open 7 days between 26 September and 11 October

16 Sep 2020 11:20:27

Junior Penguin Keeper

Looking for things to do during the spring school holidays? 

We have free activities available from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 11 October to encourage kids to discover fasciation facts about the King and Gentoo penguins and the wonderful team who care for them.

There is a Junior Penguin Keeper quiz trail for kids to follow through the aquarium and everyone who completes the quiz will go in the draw to win one of five exclusive penguin gift bags!

There will be Penguin Talks at 9:50am, 11:20am, 12:50pm and 2:20pm and Penguin Keepers will also be available to answer all sorts of penguin-related questions straight after each talk with spot prizes for the kids with the best queries!

The spring school holidays coincide with the Gentoo Penguin breeding season, which is one of the most exciting time of the year! Known for their playful personalities, the penguins kick off the breeding season by scouring the ice for the smoothest looking pebbles they can find, which they present to their preferred mate as a token of their love. The potential partner will add the pebble to their nest, where they will eventually lay their eggs. This courting ritual gets competitive as the cheeky penguins do not shy away from stealing pebbles(or partners) from their friends!

There are also downloadable worksheets, videos and interviews with the keepers available. Click here to find out more.

Additional fun for Annual Pass members!

Annual Pass members can sign up to the Penguin Pebble Painting event. Find out more here.

Opening Hours

During the school holidays, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's will be open seven days per week from 9:30am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm). All visitors must pre-book their tickets online in advance. Annual Pass members and all other ticket holders (open dated vouchers / third party) must also pre-book their time slots in advance. 



  • Enjoy unlimited entry for a full 12 months!
  • Discounts on experiences, food & beverages, and much more!
  • Skip the queues with express Annual Pass attraction entry


Full Price


Adult From (Child from $23.20)
  • Book online a day in advance to save 20%
  • Express entry with mobile ticket entry
  • Price includes a Digi Photo Pass giving you 10 digital photos – valued at $26!