Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium – Stingray Bay Exhibit, Auckland, New Zealand.

Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) helps create a 300,000-litre stingray exhibit and renovate life support systems at the legendary New Zealand aquarium.

Project Overview

Originally opened 1985, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium undertook a major refurbishment in 2004, culminating in the launch of its 300,000-litre Stingray Bay exhibit in December of that year.

Sea Life Kelly Tarltons Aquarium Stingray Bay Auckland New Zealand02

As part of this make-over, Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) transformed the life support systems (LSS) on two one-million-litre tanks, freeing up space for the new stingray exhibit.

AAT also decommissioned and replaced gravity sand filters with vertical bed pressurized sand filters while keeping the LSS in operation.

We also installed advanced electronic monitoring, control and reporting automation systems and replaced the ocean water intake from the aquarium to sea access.

Four years later, Kelly Tarlton’s invited AAT back to the aquarium to restore and refurbish its 110-meter acrylic tunnel. (Read more about the Kelly Tarlton acrylic tunnel restoration project here.)

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland, New Zealand

Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium

Time Frame
2004 to 2005

Team On-Site
12 AAT personnel

LSS Re-design, Stingray Bay & LSS, Replace Ocean Water Intake

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Phase 1


The first phase addresses feasibility, budgeting, concept development, creative themes, visitor-experience design and journey-mapping, detailed engineering and project planning.

Phase 2


The second phase focuses on acrylic manufacturing, construction and installation, the supply and installation of life support systems, waterproofing, lighting, filling and stocking the tanks.

Phase 3


The third phase includes handing the aquarium over to its owners and operators. Also included this phase, for older aquariums, are services relating to refurbishment and renovation.

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