I’ve always had a fascination with penguins like a lot of people, seeing them waddle on television, watching the movie “Happy Feet”, that I wanted the chance to see them up close. While in Auckland in New Zealand I had the chance to checkout the penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World (aquarium).
The aquarium houses New Zealand’s only sub-antarctic penguins. I learned that penguins spend roughly half of their life on land, half in the water. It’s no different here. You can watch king and gentoo penguins, around eighty in total, play in the snow or swim in the cold waters.
You work your way through the penguin exhibit in an Antarctic snowcat vehicle.
It was interesting watching them congregate in groups usually by age.
All penguin species originate and can be found in the Southern Hemisphere, including New Zealand where six species can be found. Interestingly enough none can be found at the South Pole, most coming from the outer fridges of the continent.
The penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World is a must see when in Auckland. You’ll also get to see sharks, stingrays and other Pacific marine life and get detailed history of the various Antarctic expeditions. New Zealand being so close, it’s the perfect launching point.
Have you had the chance to see penguins out in the open? At another aquarium?