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23 Tamaki Drive, Ōrākei

Auckland 1071

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Kelly Tarlton

Kelly Tarlton, the Marine Archaeologist

Who was Kelly Tarlton?

Kelly Tarlton is renowned for diving, archaeology, conservation and the building of Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium out of unused sewage tanks. He worked throughout his career to design the innovative marine Aquarium that was four times larger than any other in the world. At 47 years old, and after working 18-hour days to realize his vision, he died only 7 weeks after the Aquarium's opening.

Kelly Tarlton received a post-humus induction into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame on 7th Nov 2012. He was recognized for his innovative approach to marine conservation, exemplified in the namesake marine aquarium he created, which has provided an educational platform for New Zealander’s and international tourists for 33 years.

Kelly’s award citation also paid homage to his pioneering of curved acrylic tunnels that enable visitors to view sea creatures and their habitats from beneath - a ground-breaking development that has been emulated internationally since its inception in 1984. Did you know that the curved acrylic tunnels were molded in an oven Kelly built!

Kelly also constructed the first buoyancy compensator suit in New Zealand, using waterproof canvas for the body and a piece of garden hose to connect the snorkel mouthpiece.

Kelly Tarlton also set the New Zealand free-diving depth record in Queen Charlotte Sound, reaching a whopping 24m. Kelly determined to better his record, would dive down to 34.7m!

We here at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's are honoured to carry on the amazing legacy left by Kelly Tarlton.

FLEXIBLE ADMISSION TICKET

No need to book a date or time
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ONLINE ONLY

$39

Per adult (Child $27)
  • Flexible entry - arrive anytime in the next 12 months
  • Skip the queues with express mobile ticket entry
  • Free admission under age 3

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR

Fishy fun for the whole family
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$53

Full Price

$42

Adult From (Child $32)
  • Learn what happens behind the scenes on a unique tour
  • Enjoy a rarely seen view of the aquarium exhibits
  • All day aquarium admission included