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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

New Zealand

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We're Open 7 Days!
Open daily 9.30am - 5pm (Last entry 4pm)
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Penguin Passport



Get closer to our colony of penguins!

Experience an on-the-ice encounter like no other, as you venture into the world's largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display with Penguin Passport!

For the first time ever in New Zealand, we're giving our visitors the opportunity to experience an intimate on-the-ice encounter with our amazing penguins.

Penguin Passport allows visitors to explore the wonderful snow-filled penguin enclosure and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the magnificent King and Gentoo Penguins. Visitors will enjoy a private Q&A session with an experienced Penguin Keeper as part of the experience. Photos of your experience are taken while you are on the ice, and are included in the price.

Book this experience for a specific date now or purchase an experience gift voucher valid for 12 months.

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Penguin Passport

Penguin Passport runs daily at 10:30am daily excluding Mondays and Wednesdays. Maximum of 4 people per group. Spots fill quickly; book early to avoid missing out on this incredible experience!


What's included?

AGES 14+

  • A 60 minute unique experience
  • Go behind the scenes and learn how we take care of our King and Gentoo Penguins
  • Suit up in our snow gear and go on the ice with the colony in their habitat
  • All day admission to explore SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's included

Book this experience for a specific date now or purchase an penguin encounter gift voucher valid for 12 months.



Important Information

You will be asked to complete a Penguin Passport declaration form on arrival. This will include the following:

  • Are you 14 years or older?
  • Have you been in contact with birds in the last 24 hours?
  • Are you able to navigate stairs?
  • Have you suffered from Flu/Cold/Gastro/Respiration infection in the last 48 hours?
  • Do you understand that no jewellery, watches, mobile phone or cameras can be taken on the tour? 

Click here to read the declaration form before booking.

Tour times and days are subject to change, for the most up-to-date information contact us on operations@kellytarltons.co.nz.



This experience includes all day aquarium admission. Book online and save up to $40 on walk up price!

Penguin Passport Encounter

Get up close to our colony




Per Person From
  • Get up close to our Auckland penguin colony
  • A truly unique 60min behind the scenes experience (age 14+)
  • All day aquarium admission included

Penguin Passport Gift Voucher

A truly unique gift



Per Person
  • Get up close to our Auckland penguin colony
  • A truly unique 60min behind the scenes experience (age 14+)
  • All day aquarium admission included


This is an intimate experience with only 4 people per group so sessions often book out in advance. To avoid missing out, we recommend booking online.

You must be 14 years or older for our penguin experience. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Yes you can! Head to our Merlin Annual Pass page to purchase a discounted Penguin Passport. It's a special price just for pass holders.

  • Cancellations must be advised in writing to info@kellytarltons.co.nz
  • Cancellations between 0 - 5 days prior will receive no refund. 
  • Cancellations 6 days or more prior will receive a full refund.
  • Date changes are not permitted 3 days or less before the booked experience.
  • Date changes are possible 4 or more days before the booked experience subject to availability.
  • Transfers to friends/family members possible as long as friend/family member meets participation criteria.