- Dive into our shark tank for a truly unique experience (ages 14+)
- Spend ~25 minutes coming face-to-face with sharks
- Includes photos + video of your experience plus all day aquarium admission
Aquariums get you close to marine animals, but Shark Cage gets you even closer.
For the more adventurous visitor, Kelly Tarlton's offers thrilling Animal Adventures where you can get face to face with amazing predators of the deep - sharks.
Snorkel with the sharks on a Shark Cage experience, for the true adrenaline junkie!
This is a unique opportunity to get eye-to-eye with these incredible ocean predators, so take the plunge today!
Our most popular adrenaline activity – Shark Cage - is a unique way to get face-to-face with amazing predators of the deep, with nothing but a cage between you and the sharks!
The cage is submerged in our predator tank - home to School, Sand Tiger, Wobbegong and Broadnose Sevengill sharks - so you're guaranteed to have a close encounter of the shark kind, every time. Through the cage's clear Perspex bottom you can marvel at sharks, stingrays and other fish from New Zealand's coastal waters swimming below, or past the mesh walls of the cage - often only feet away.
With no diving experience required, and all the instruction you need from our experienced guides, this snorkel experience is the easiest, safest and most exciting way to meet the often feared predators of the deep! The experience takes approximately 1 hour - 15 minutes of which are spent snorkeling with the sharks. Prior to taking the plunge you will get a behind-the-scenes peek at Kelly Tarlton's before being briefed for your encounter.
Participants will receive a memory card containing underwater videos from their dive at the end of their experience.
Refunds CANNOT be offered for guests who book but do not meet the criteria for participation detailed in the above documents.
NOTE: If you are pregnant you will not be allowed to participate in this Animal Adventure.
Bring togs and a towel and wear covered footwear. Everything else is provided - spring suit, booties, and mask & snorkel.
2 sessions every Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM and 2:30 PM. We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes before your Shark Adventure begins.
Bookings ARE ESSENTIAL for all encounters. Availability of Animal Adventures programs are limited and can be pre-booked online now or by telephoning reservations on +64 9 531 5065 or 0800 446 725 (freephone within New Zealand).
Experience gift vouchers are available for purchase for the Shark Cage Adventure.
With a wiggly, lethargic swimming style and a small dorsal fin that looks like it's slipped down its back; the Sevengill gives the impression that it's clumsy and docile. Nothing could be further from the truth however, as it can have explosive bursts of speed.
Its toothless smile belies a top jaw full of razor sharp pointed teeth, which are designed to pin its prey. The bottom jaw has rows of rectangular teeth, each with many serrations - a very efficient and effective sawing tool.
Shark Cage AdventureDive in for an adrenaline rush
Shark Cage Gift VoucherThe gift of an adrenaline rush