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Not much to write about lately. Stayed at home with a feverish young guy today, who was in dire need of distraction, so we visited the Kelly Tarlton’s aquarium attraction here in Auckland.

It’s been a long time since I last visited, and there’s been a heck of a lot of upgrades since then. There’s the very cool ‘Stingray Bay’: an open-topped acrylic wall aquarium full of fish and huge stingrays. It’s quite uncanny, giving you the impression that you’re almost walking amongst the fish and stingrays.

Kelly Tarlton'sAnother interesting installation was a pair of acrylic windows mounted bang on the high tide mark (the aquarium occupies the site of some old sewerage tanks on and under the Auckland waterfront). You can see from the photo that the effect is pretty cool. You can look right across the top of the water to the Auckland city skyline, as the waves lap against the window. It really connects you to the sea outside, and accentuates the ‘underwater’ feeling as you descend a ramp beside the windows to enter the main underwater aquarium tunnels.

All in all, a pretty cool place. Expensive to visit (NZ$24 per adult) but you can get a year’s membership for $60.

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  1. Intriguing! They’ve certainly done some updating since I was last there. They’d just created that refrigerated Penguin enclosure.

  2. Aye, that was about the last time I went too. They hadn’t even introduced the penguins to the enclosure when I last visited years ago. I forgot to mention that our little ‘Pingu’ addict loved all the pingus in the fridge…

  3. Yup. Not a bad deal considering it’s $24 for one visit. I guess their market analysis detected that no one would visit more than twice a year anyway?

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