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Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World & Antarctic Encounter

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  • See incredible marine life from the Pacific and Southern oceans
  • A rare chance to get meet New Zealand′s sub-Antarctic penguins
  • Get up close and personal with ferocious-looking sharks and other amazing sea creatures
  • By pre-booking your ticket you avoid the queues at this popular Auckland attraction

Thousands of incredible sea creatures of all shapes and sizes are waiting to meet you at the incredible Kelly Tarlton centre.

Glide on a travelator through a perspex tunnel at Underwater World while sharks, rays and turtles swim overhead and look at you looking at them.

Learn fascinating fishy facts at Fish Alley, where you’ll find piranhas, lionfish , crayfish, octopus, eels, pig fish and more. See delicate seahorses in a myriad colors, looking like creatures from a fairytale.

For something different enjoy an Antarctic Encounter. Travel by snowmobile to meet the delightful King and Gentoo penguins in their snowy home. There are some real characters in the colonies and you can watch their comical antics.

Kids and adults alike will love this wonderful Auckland attraction.

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The Free transport was novel. A mini bus inside a shark's mouth.What an excellent display of marine life. Also the gift shop was reasonable prices for a tourist attrac...

John McFarlane Australia
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This ticket gives you direct admission to the popular attraction of Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World and saves you having to waste time queuing. Kelly Tarlton’s is only 10 minutes' drive or six km (3.7 miles) from downtown Auckland and is located at 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei. On arrival at the venue just present your booking confirmation voucher at the entrance.

Underwater World:
Opened in 1985, the original Underwater World was the brainchild of Kelly Tarlton – an adventurer, diver, explorer and inventor.

At the facility, a moving walkway takes you through an acrylic tunnel past two giant tanks which together contain around 2000 marine creatures. The first tank (the predator tank) is filled mainly with sharks while the second has schooling fish such as blue mao mao.

Further exciting experiences await at Stingray Bay where you can meet the short-tailed stingrays, which can grow to 4m in length and weigh as much as 200lbs, and eagle rays, which are smaller.

There’s more amazing marine life at Fish Alley where you find tropical fish – such as piranha, lionfish and clown triggerfish – as well as fish from the seas around New Zealand, such as sea horse, octopus, and pigfish. At Seahorse Kingdom you can admire a wonderful collection of seahorses from around the world.

Antarctic Encounter:
This section is home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, giving you a rare chance to see these delightful birds up close. A snowcat ride brings you close to the 80-strong colony of King and Gentoo penguins to watch their playful antics on the snow and their elegant flight underwater.

A walk-through replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic hut (established back in 1911), complete with authentic memorabilia offers a glimpse of the realities of Antarctic exploration 100 years ago.

Your ticket gives you one day’s admission to Kelly Tarlton’s. The attraction is open daily from 0930h (09:30am) to 1730 (5:30pm). Last entry is 1630h (4:30pm).

Please note
Upon arrival in Auckland, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the staff.

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

  • Admission to both Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
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Admission for 1 day
Start time
Kelly Tarlton’s is open daily from 0930h (09:30am) to 1730 (5:30pm). Last entry is 1630h (4:30pm)
Meeting point
Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland.
7 days a week Kelly Tarlton’s operates a FREE shuttle service from downtown Auckland. Shuttle departs from 172 Quay Street (opposite the downtown ferry terminal). The shuttle runs on the hour, every hour, from 0900h (09:00am) until 1600h (4:00pm).
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The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

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