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New Zealand’s most unique whale and dolphin watching safari departs direct from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a 4.5-hour cruise on board the luxurious ‘Dolphin Explorer’ as you explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife.

Your safari departs from the Viaduct Basin, just a short walk from all the major hotels in Auckland Central. Jump on board the 65-foot (20-metre) catamaran and settle in as you head out to explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, one of the most abundant and diverse marine parks in the world.

From the large open deck, enjoy views of famous Auckland landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, North Head and Devonport, and volcanic Rangitoto Island, as you watch out for orca and dolphins known to frequent the inner Waitematā Harbour.

As the crew provides knowledgeable commentary, marine science experts conduct biological studies and invite you to join interactive research activities.

Because you’re venturing into a wild, natural environment, every trip is different and the marine wildlife encountered varies from day to day. Typically, you will encounter Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, but you may also meet pygmy blue whales, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles and up to 26 species of seabirds – including the little blue penguin.

As you return to Auckland, sit back, take advantage of our licensed café and bar, and enjoy the island views. And if you’re ready to learn more, there’s an optional research presentation so you can learn more about the wildlife you’ve encountered during your safari.

Whale & Dolphin Safari

4 Hours 30 Minutes

$299 NZD

Jump on board & enjoy an ocean safari to see whales & dolphins right on Aucklands doorstep in the Hauraki Gulf Marine park

Experience provided by

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Important Information
  • Safaris operate four days a week until 1 October 2022
  • Check-in closes 10:15am
  • Safari departs 10:30am
  • Returns 3:00pm 
  • All passengers must check in no later than 15 minutes before departure time.
  • We recommend you wear a few layers of clothes, including something warm and wind/shower-proof, a sun hat or warm winter hat, and sunglasses. Please wear flat-soled shoes.
  • Please bring any personal medication with you, including any seasickness medication you may need, as we are not able to sell medicine on board.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera and your sunscreen!
  • You’re welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks on board
  • Directions: The Viaduct Harbour is located at the western end of Quay Street (left as you are looking at the water) in downtown Auckland. When arriving on foot, you will see our boat to your left, immediately opposite the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

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