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Penguin Passport

A Once in a Lifetime Penguin Encounter

Get Closer to our Colony of Penguins

Experience an on-the-ice encounter like no other, as you venture into the world's largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony display with Penguin Passport!

For the first time ever in New Zealand, we're giving our visitors the opportunity to experience an intimate on-the-ice encounter with our amazing penguins.

Penguin Passport allows visitors to explore the wonderful snow-filled penguin enclosure and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the magnificent King and Gentoo Penguins. Visitors will enjoy a private Q&A session with an experienced Penguin Keeper as part of the experience. Photos of your experience are taken while you are on the ice, and are included in the price.

Book this experience for a specific date now or purchase an experience gift voucher valid for 12 months.

Penguin Passport

Penguin Passport runs at 10:30am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Maximum of 4 participants per session. Spots fill quickly; book early to avoid missing out on this incredible experience!

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What's Included?

AGES 14+

  • A 60 minute unique experience
  • Go behind the scenes and learn how we take care of our King and Gentoo Penguins
  • Suit up in our snow gear and go on the ice with the colony in their habitat
  • Photos of your experience
  • All day admission to explore SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's included

Book this experience for a specific date now or purchase a Penguin Passport gift voucher valid for 12 months.

Book your Penguin Encounter

This experience includes all day aquarium admission. Book online and save up to $40 on walk up price!


If you have an open-dated ticket or voucher that you would like to book - please contact us via email at

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Annual Pass Member's Benefit

Become a Kelly Tarlton's Annual Pass member to get an exclusive 25% discount off the Penguin Passport!

Find out more about Kelly Tarlton's Annual Pass benefits.

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SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Platinum Annual Pass

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This is an intimate experience with only 4 people per group, sessions often book out in advance. To avoid missing out, we recommend booking online.

You must be 14 years or older for our penguin experience. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Yes you can! Kelly Tarlton's Annual Pass and Merlin Annual Pass holders can enjoy this experience at a special price. Become a member today! 

The booking time is the session start time.  We operate Penguin Passport Encounter at 10.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

You should arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your session start time to get ready for the experience.  We are usually very busy during school holidays, we recommend that you aim to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to session start time.

Come through our Main Entrance and let our Admissions staff know your booking number. If you have a Gift Voucher or a third party voucher, please ensure to present it with a Shark Cage time slot booking number.

Yes, your Penguin Passport ticket includes all day entry to the aquarium. You are welcome to stay for as long as you wish.

  • This ticket is non-refundable.
  • Date changes are not permitted 3 days or less before the booked experience.
  • Date changes are possible 4 or more days before the booked experience subject to availability, with notice in writing to
  • Transfers to friends/family members possible as long as friend/family member meets participation criteria.

All snow gear including jacket, waterproof pants, beanie, gloves and boots are included. Please ensure to bring your own socks and don't wear dresses/skirts.

Spectators are welcomed. However, since all child (3-15yrs) must be supervised by an adult at all times, you will need to arrange an adult to be with your child if you are going to be in the penguin enclosure.