Phone: 0800 80 50 50

Hours Open:

  • Weekdays: 9:30am–5:30pm
  • Weekends: 9:30am–5:30pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Venue Types: Zoos & Wildlife, Discovery

Suitable for Ages: Families

Ticket Information:

  • Family Passes from: $53.60
  • Adults: $31.50
  • Students/Seniors: $25.20
  • Children (4 - 14 years): $15.80
  • Additional fees may apply

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World is a world-class visitor attraction based in Auckland, New Zealand. It combines two fascinating environments – the ocean and the Antarctic – offering a myriad of opportunities to get up close and personal with the wonderful creatures that inhabit these largely unexplored areas of our planet.

The heart of Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World is a 110 metre long transparent waterproof tunnel that allows visitors to view an abundance of marine life whilst travelling on a moving walkway. There are two tanks through which the tunnel passes. Around 2,000 fish, not to mention some rather large sharks, are only centimetres from a curious nose pressed against the acrylic walls.

The Antarctic Encounter offers a journey through a freezing climate of real snow and ice – all viewed from a Snowcat, which is heated to ensure passenger comfort! Visitors first look through a replica of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic hut, complete with authentic memorabilia, and move on to see penguins frolicking only metres away.

Inquire about:
-- the highly popular and magical overnight experiences,
-- underwater dive in the shark tank,
-- Snorkel Safari,
-- Stingray Splash