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January 22, 2012
From journal North Island Favorites
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
January 17, 2012
From journal Auckland & Around
London, United Kingdom
April 10, 2005
The sharks swimming all around you behind Perspex as you admire them from the moving walkway was also really fun, especially for children. There are touch tanks in the foyer before you get to the souvenir shop with lobster and other sea creatures in it, plus a kid’s marine room with a mini touch pool, other interesting things for them to do, and fish in small tanks to admire. Before you enter the Snow Cat to see the penguins, you first pass through an exhibition that is a scale model of the Antarctic hut from the Shackleton expeditions, complete with furniture, piano, and the cabin interior, with black-and-white photos on display that were taken on the original expedition. Plus, you can watch video and listen to audio about the expedition, which is rather interesting.
From journal Auckland
Auckland, United Kingdom
October 8, 2002
The first exhibition is part of the Antarctica display, which is an exact replica of Captain Scott's hut in 1911, which he and his team used during their doomed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. Everything is very carefully laid out, with the sights, sounds, and smells that Scott and his crew would have experienced.
In contrast, there is also a display on the Scott Base 2000, which highlights the many, many differences and progressions which have been made in exploring over the years.
Then, it's onto the Antarctic landscape, which is where the penguins are. You take a ride in a Snow Cat, and drive around the edge of the penguin's area. There are times that you can see them being fed, but that is more luck than judgement, and, we were lucky enough to see a baby one!
Once you climb out of the Snow Cat, you move onto the Underwater World, which is a big tunnel with a moving walkway, so you can stand and be carried around the viewing point as you look around you, and over you, to see the many types of marine life that is in there, such as stingrays (I never realized how big they grew to!!), moray eels, and even sharks! There are also smaller displays of reef life, fresh water life, and other types as well, displayed in tanks of varying sizes, all with information panels about what you are seeing.
At the end, by the souvenier shop, there is the "Changing Room", which is a discovery center aimed at children, but we enjoyed it just as much!! There is a shallow tank with hermit crabs and starfish in that you can pick up and touch (but follow the directions on the wall very carefully, so you don't harm them), and other hands-on displays you can play with.
From journal Four seasons in Auckland
Williams Lake, British Columbia
December 16, 2001
At the Underwater World you travel on a moving walkway through a clear acrylic tunnel under the ocean. Swimming all around and above you are various types of sharks, eels, stingrays and hundreds of varieties of fish. There are also several other displays of a more scientific nature showing different species. There was also a fascinating fairly small tank which housed about 20 tiny seahorses which we watched perform for about 10 minutes.
There are also several displays about Antarctica including a replica of the cabin from the Antarctic.
From journal 5 days in Auckland, New Zealand
November 3, 2000
From journal Auckland-Gateway to New Zealand
October 9, 2000
From journal Whirlawind in New Zealand