Its really expensive to come and visit kelly tarltons, so I dont visit alot (maybe once a year, as I have 3 children and it ends up costing well over $100 a visit).
However, other than the cost, its a fun filled day, everytime. Lots of things to observe, and different types of sea life to see and gasp over. They have an interactive kids area which is pretty cool too.
We have been here many times over the years and in recent years we have found it a bit disappointing. My daughter is 10 now and at best it is an hour long attraction, there isn't too much to see, the cool penguin ride is long gone. We usually only visit when we are able to get cheap tickets as the prices are pretty crazy for an adult ($39) for what it is. Would recommend if you are a visitor to Auckland, have young kids or get cheap tickets.
Look out for deals on grabone as they come up from time to time. Quite a popular place and we love spending time watching the penguins. Free on site car parking. They have a small cafe on site but there are lots of cafes and restaurants down the road where you can grab fish n chips and ice cream after your trip to Kelly Tarltons.
I think it is a nice place to visit and also you get to learn about the sea creatures and also how they are kept in the aquarium and can learn many things, and also you get to see the Robert Falcon Scott hut this was the one that the team did not stay in much just used for supplies. I think parking can be hard at times and also the price is a bit high if you buy online for a adult can save $7 dollars so if you get this in a deal then worth it. I hope more deals happen so people don't pay too much to enter the place as it can be around a hour or two depending on how long you take and if family go with your or friends.
The admission price is quite hefty & the pictures that are taken as you enter is a total rip off for what they are (you should be given the option whether or not you want them taken in the 1st place). The overall theme is great & the sea life is amazing. Found that the cafe area was dirty & the food was overpriced for what was on offer. The staff were friendly. I would visit again but not on a weekend as it was super busy
Staff are friendly and helpful, found admisson prices are very high for amount of time you can spend here and for the activities available, food is overpriced and gift shop but normal for a tourist destination. Our child loves the penguin area although it seems very small for the amount of penguins? Anyway worth having a look if you havent been
Kids always have a blast here, althoigh unfortubately rhe last few times we've been they've been undergoing maintenance/construction or the conveyor belt hasnt been working which is a bit of a let down. Miss the snow mobile part.
Cafe and gift store are very overpriced, but to be expected for a tourist stop.
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