The National Aquarium of New Zealand
The National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier is within easy walking distance from the centre of the city. The magnificent architectural design imitates the form of a stingray, in a unique position on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This aquarium has a wider range of species than any other similar facility in New Zealand. There is a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment.
There are sharks, stingray and hundreds of fish species, many of them representative of the catches from along the East Coast. There are eels, trout, sea horse, turtles, tropical marine fish, kiwi, tuatara, water dragons, native frogs and crocodile also on display.
Feeding times are 10am and 2pm
- Dive in the Oceanarium
- Behind the Scenes Tours
- Free Guided Tours
- Birthday Parties
- Function Facilities
- School Groups
- Underwater Weddings
- Gift Shop
- Disability Access
Napier Prison Tours
Your personal guide will enthral you with tales of the villains, victims and heroes that have served time in the oldest prison in NZ. Be entertained with stories of infamous deeds, notorious gang members, violent kingpins, prison escapes, ghosts and inside scams. Napier Prison was closed in 1993 and reopened in 2002 for your memorable experience in Hawkes Bay.
At a time to suit your group. Minimum 15 people. Bookings essential.
$20 for adults, 13yrs and over $15 with student ID.
Phone 8359933 to register.
Dark Side of Deco Tour
Explore the prison's corridors with undulating floors, twisted walls, and unaligned ceilings from the 1931 earthquake. Hear stories of the era.
Listen to tales of a prison wall constructed with hard labour, as well as hangings, escapes, and ghost sightings. Take your mug-shot and get locked up in solitary confinement!!
The Maori Story and Picnic
Enjoy a picnic-style traditional Maori meal and complementary glass of wine. Then go on the prison tour. Be entertained by stories of local Maori history and interesting Maori inmates.
Gannet Beach Adventures
Winner of 1998 Hawkes Bay Tourism Award.
Visit the world’s largest mainland Gannet nesting site. Enjoy a unique back-to-nature, fun-filled adventure travelling by tractor and trailer along the spectacular Cape Kidnappers coastline.
The above attractions are just a sample of what is on offer in this exciting region, for more ideas on what to do while in Napier and the Hawkes Bay please visit their website – www.hawkesbay.com
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