SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium


This one of a kind aquarium is a labour of love by the eponymous Kelly Tarlton, renowned  for diving, archaeology, conservation and the building of Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium out of unused sewage tanks. First opening in 1985 after 10 months of construction, the innovative marine Aquarium was four times larger than any other in the world. 

Today, the aquarium’s main features are the Antarctic Ice Adventure, home to New Zealand’s only colony of Sub-Antarctic penguins; Scott’s Hut, a walk through replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic hut; Amazing Creations, a zone for kids to create their own sea creature and watch it swim; NIWA Southern Ocean Discovery; Rockpools and Shipwreck Shores, an indoor playground with water play for kids.

LyLo Auckland is located only 15 minutes away. Book a pod or private room here and get your Auckland adventure underway.

What you can expect

  • Penguins, Penguins, Penguins…
  • The seahorse kingdom is a must see!

Where it is