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Kell’s Tarlton’s Museum

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February 23, 2020

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Welcome to Kell’s Tarlton’s Museum
It is one of the best Museum in Auckland. Set on the waterfront of Auckland City on Okahu Bay, just moments from the famous Mission Bay beach,Kelly Tarlton’s Sea life Aquarium is one of Auckland’s top attractions! It showcases over 30 live animal exhibits in spectacular habitat displays, including the world’s largest Antarctic penguin colony exhibit and amazing underwater viewing tunnels. Kell’s Tarlton offer unique and thrilling ‘up close’ underwater encounters with huge sharks, including the all new Shark Cage experience. You can also head out onto the ice to get up close to our amazing penguins with Penguin Passport!

Departure & Return Location


Departure Time

Any time

Price Includes

  • Entrance fee
  • Free Shuttle Service the regular departure 9:30am until 3:30pm, with the final pick up from downtown being at 3:30pm.
  • Shuttle departs from 152 Quay Street (opposite the Cloud).

Price Excludes

  • Any private expenses.

Opening Hours

  • 365 Days
  • Open 9.30AM – 5 PM last entry at 4pm
  • Open 9.30AM – 5 PM last entry at 4pm
  • Opening times information for Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium, Auckland, including details of any specific amendments to our standard operating hours.
Getting to Kelly Tarlton’s

Coming from the Southern, Northern, or Western motorway, take the Port exit and follow the road until reaching a T-intersection (ports of Auckland will be directly in front). Turn right onto Tamaki Drive. Kelly Tarlton’s is located on the right-hand side of the road (10 minute drive)
GPS users: please navigate to 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei.

Free Shuttle Service the regular Shuttle Service is as follows.
7 days a week Kelly Tarlton’s operates a FREE shuttle service from downtown Auckland!
Shuttle departs from 152 Quay Street (opposite the Cloud).
The shuttle runs hourly on the half hour from 9:30am until 3:30pm, with the final pick up from downtown being at 3:30pm.After the 3:30pm pick up there are no return drop offs – however there is a public bus stop close by, Please note that shuttle service may be subject to change depending on traffic and circumstances. For any help you may call Tel: Freephone 0800 446 725

Car Parking
Free car parking is available in the Kelly Tarlton’s car park, and on Tamaki Drive, subject to availability.
Public Transport
Public buses depart from Britomart Transport Centre every 15mins, 7 days a week. Bus Stop 1323 – Customs Street by the Postshop. Allow 20-25 minutes. Bus prices are from $4.50 per adult (subject to change).
Present your public bus ticket or Auckland HOP card on arrival at Kelly Tarlton’s and receive the cost of the bus journey from Auckland CBD off your aquarium entry. Not valid with any other discount.

Auckland Explorer Bus
Departs from the Ferry building (City Bus stop # 1).
Chartered Coaches
Drop-off is at the entrance and free parking on the waterfront. Kelly Tarlton’s offers all drivers a free admission on the day their passengers visit (driver ID must be shown).
School Visits
If you are visiting with a school for a self-guided visit, please ask the bus driver to drop you at the bus stop by Hammerheads and enter the aqarium via the front entrance.
If you are visiting with a school for a lesson with the Kelly Tarlton’s education department, please ask the bus driver to drop you at the bus stop by Okahu (across the road from the aquarium) and meet your Kelly Tarlton’s education staff member at the glass doors by the entrance to Okahu.
If you are visiting with a school for a sleepover and arriving at 7pm, the bus can park in the carpark. Entrance for a sleepover is via the exit building.
Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium is only a 10-minute drive or six kilometres (3.7 miles) from downtown Auckland.


Price Per Person
General Admission, Adult (16 Years or Above) NZ$39
General Admission, Child (3-15 Years ) NZ$22
Rates are in NZ$
Rates Valid till 31 March 2018