Kelly Tarlton's the first in a wave of Auckland attractions set to reopen under alert level 2

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium will be among the first of Auckland's tourist attractions to reopen its doors to the public as New Zealand moves into COVID-19 alert level 2.

The iconic location will open on Thursday, May 14.

Kelly Tarlton's says its team has worked on systems and protocols to ensure adequate physical distancing is in place for customers among other measures to ensure visitors feel comfortable.

Admission fees will only be payable with cashless options, so customers are encouraged to book ahead online.

It may be the first time in weeks that members of the public have been allowed to visit the aquarium, but the organisation's essential services team has been with the animals throughout, making sure they are healthy and happy.

Kelly Tarlton's reopening is happening shortly before World Turtle Day on May 23. There are currently two rescued sea turtles undergoing treatment in the aquarium's Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

Other popular tourist spots around Auckland will open over the coming days and weeks.

The Aotea Centre, BOX Café & Bar and Aotea Square will open to the public on May 18, while the New Zealand Maritime Museum and Auckland Zoo will open in late May. 

During the lockdown, Auckland Zoo has been broadcasting animal encounters into people's homes with live animal cameras.