Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Tunnel Refurbishment, Auckland, New Zealand.

Advanced Aquarium Technologies (AAT) helps refurbish the world's first acrylic aquarium viewing tunnel.

Project Overview

When it opened in 1985, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium (then known as Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World) featured the world’s first underwater aquarium viewing tunnel.

In 2008, AAT was engaged to refurbish the tunnel’s acrylic.

The project involved removing panels from the 110-meter tunnel for polishing, re-sizing them and then re-installing the sections.

AAT also repaired damaged waterproofing in a number of areas.

The team of twelve AAT personnel was delighted to have had an opportunity to restore this iconic piece of aquarium industry history.



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


Acrylic Refurbishment

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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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