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Auckland: The Penguins at Kelly Tarlton’s.

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).

Penguins in Auckland, New Zealand 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.

Penguins in Auckland, New Zealand aquarium, Antarctic snowcat

It was interesting watching them congregate in groups usually by age.

King and Gentoo Penguins in Auckland, New Zealand aquarium

King and Gentoo Penguins in Auckland, New Zealand aquarium

King and Gentoo Penguins in Auckland, New Zealand aquarium

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.

Penguins in Auckland, New Zealand aquarium

Have you had the chance to see penguins out in the open? At another aquarium?

Auckland and The North Island, New Zealand

My last post contained some of my favorite experiences of the South Island of New Zealand. I’ve also had great times on the North Island, which is where the majority of the New Zealand population lives. It enjoys the same contrasts in geography as the South Island with a tropical feel at the top, mountain ranges, rolling farmland, a volcanic plateau in the middle and beaches everywhere. The capital, Wellington, resides on the North Island, as does New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.

I know the three days has past for #Blog4NZ, but I have so much more to share in supporting New Zealand travel in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake. 🙂 Some highlights of my time in Auckland and the North Island:

Sky Tower - Auckland

Sky Tower. In Auckland, it’s the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere and what most people would recognize from the skyline. There is a revolving restaurant up top, amazing views as far as the eye can see and of course there is the famous SkyJump, where you can base jump. You call also do a SkyWalk around the top.

Mt. Eden - Auckland

Mt. Eden. There are 50 extinct volcanoes and craters throughout greater Auckland. This is one of the more well-known ones. You can get great panoramic views of the entire area with walking areas aplenty.

Piha Beach

Piha Beach. Black iron sand and along the Tasman Sea, just west of Auckland it’s a popular day trip from the city. If you love to surf, try here. Also checkout just to the north Bethells Beach and the dark volcanic sand and sand dudes. Even saw some signs denoting quick sand so be careful.

Owharoa Falls

Owharoa Falls. Just like the south there are waterfalls everywhere. This one is within the Karangahake Gorge, near Waihi.

Kerosine Creek - Rotorua

Rotorua. A famous tourist destination and the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. The region around Rotorua contains numerous geysers, mud pools and thermal springs. Kerosine Creek, pictured above, is 30 km south of Rotorua. It’s a hot spring with a little waterfall free to all comers. A great place to relax, unwind and not think about anything.

Penguins at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World - Auckland

At Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (aquarium) in Auckland you can see all kinds of fish, sharks, swim with giant stingrays and of course checkout the big king penguins. Lot’s of Antarctic history and artifacts too.

No matter where you’re at always have your camera out and ready. Check out some of my other photos of my time in Auckland and The North Island. The scenery and things to do New Zealand is never-ending. What will I check out next time, hmmm.