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Thousands of people took the opportunity to say goodbye to Napier's Marineland yesterday before it shut its doors for the last time.

The iconic tourist attraction is now closed to the public after operating for more than 40 years.

The council decided to close Marineland after its last performing dolphin Kelly died in September last year and it could not get permission from the Government to introduce new dolphins.

Friends of Marineland hosted a free open day for the public yesterday.

A spokesman says it was a great way to show the council that Marineland is still treasured by the people of Napier.

The Napier City Council has received submissions on the future of the centre and will report back later this year.