Dolphin Sightseeing Tours

The Bay of Islands is the place to go to see dolphins and whales in New Zealand, with abundant marine life in its warm sheltered waters. Common and bottlenose dolphins are frequent visitors, as well as orca and larger migrating whales.

Our tours are licensed by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation – watch the dolphins’ playful antics from the viewing deck of a purpose-built catamaran as you cruise through the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands on a dolphin watching tour.

Find out more about dolphin and whale watching in New Zealand.

4 Day Tours to experience

New Zealand’s most unique whale and dolphin watching safari departs direct from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a 4.5-hour cruise on board the Dolphin Explorer
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Year-round encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Learn from our expert and informative commentary

from $199 NZD

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Cruise with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands, then venture underground in Waitomo and see the home of the hobbits on this two-day tour combo.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Dolphin watching cruise
  • Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Tour of Waitomo Caves

from $473 NZD

ON HOLD
Find your feet in Auckland with a relaxed morning sightseeing tour, then escape to the Bay of Islands and cruise its peaceful waters in search of dolphins and other marine life.
  • Two-day tour combo
  • Auckland highlights half day tour
  • Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise

from $275 NZD

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Travel to the Bay of Islands, a stunning marine playground, and cruise its sheltered waters in search of dolphins, whales and other sea life.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Bay of Islands Dolphin Watching Cruise
  • See the famous 'Hole in the Rock'

from $150 NZD

Free cancellation

You'll receive a full refund if you cancel at least 2 hours in advance of your tour experience.