Antarctic Encounter & Auckland Sky Tower

  • Port

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 hours

  • Meals Included


This delightful excursion visits two of Auckland’s most popular attractions. Drive along the picturesque waterfront road to Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium. In this amazing facility you’ll view a life-size recreation of Captain Robert Scott’s 1911 Antarctic hut on the shores of McMurdo Sound.

The Sea Life Aquarium is home to New Zealand’s only sub-Antarctic penguins, offering a rare opportunity to see these magnificent birds up close in their icy domain. You will be within arm’s length of the 80-strong colony of king and Gentoo penguins to watch their playful antics on the snow and their elegant "flight" underwater.

Travel through a clear, acrylic aquarium tunnel on a moving walkway as schools of fish and sharks swim around and above you. A special highlight is Stingray Bay, where you’ll see these magnificent fish, with six-foot wingspans and long barbed tails, swimming gracefully in front of you.

Continue your excursion to downtown Auckland and the famous Sky Tower.

Take the elevator to the main observation deck for panoramic views over Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. On a clear day, Great Barrier Island, some 60 miles away, can be seen. The Sky Tower is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere at 1,072 feet.

Return to the pier through downtown Auckland.


This tour is only available to guests returning to the ship.