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Penguin Discovery at Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

Merlin Entertainments Group - Kelly Tarltons
Merlin Entertainments Group - Kelly Tarltons

Penguin Discovery at Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium


  • Meet the largest colony of sub-Antarctic penguins
  • Get up close to the majestic King and playful Gentoo Penguins
  • Learn about how the team care for our penguins

Once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Penguins on the ice, and experience an on the ice encounter like no other as you venture into the worlds largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony.

What's Included?

  • Meet the penguin colony in their enclosure
  • All equipment (waterproof pants, fleece jacket, footware, gloves, beanie) N.B those will be worn over your clothing, therefore skirts and dresses are not advisable
  • The experience takes approximately 1 hour
  • Animal Adventures include free admission to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
  • Photos

Get up close and personal with some adorable penguins at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. You'll venture into New Zealand's largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony and make friends with this cute and cheeky species of bird. You'll also get admission into the whole of the Aquarium so you can visit some of your other favourite marine animals!

Session Length

  • Penguin Discovery runs Fri, Sat, Sun at 10.30am, and goes for 1 hour
  • Not available on Monday to Thursday
  • Bookings are essential.
  • Participants must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to session start time to check-in.


  • Participants must be aged 14 years or older - participants under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 year or over
  • Have not been in contact with birds in the last 24 hours, or have not suffered from Flu/Cold/Gastro/Respiration infection in the last 48 hours
  • Participants need to be able to navigate stairs
  • No jewellery, watches, mobile phone or cameras can be taken on the tour
  • If you are in the 3rd trimester of your pregnancy, you cannot join the experience


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

Numbers on the Day

Maximum 4 people per day

Dress Code

Gumboots, waterproof pants, fleece jacket, beanie and gloves are supplied

This experience takes place in Orakei, Auckland.

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