Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

from Auckland
Book online or call: 0800 744 487 or +64 9 583 5790

from $199 NZD

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 1 more


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’ and 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 and hostels 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, as the crew provides knowledgeable commentary, and the marine science experts onboard conduct biological studies and invite you to join interactive research activities. Every trip is different and the marine wildlife encountered varies from day to day. With typically encounters with Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, you could also see 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 the onboard 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.

What's Included

  • Year-round encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Auckland landmarks
  • Interact with onboard marine science experts
  • Learn from our expert and informative commentary
  • See marine mammals, or cruise again for free


  • 10:15 am
    Check-in closes
  • 10:30 am
    Safari departs
  • 3:00 pm
    Safari returns (approximately)

Hotel Pickup/Drop-off

Hotel pick ups are not available for this tour

Additional Info

  • All passengers must check in with our crew 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 Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari is not able to sell medicine on board.
  • Don’t forget to bring a camera and sunscreen
  • You’re welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks on board
  • Help keep the Hauraki Gulf islands pest-free by checking your bags and shoes carefully for pests, soil or plant matter before you come on board.

Cancellation Policy

You can change or cancel your booking up to 6pm the day before travel, free of charge.


0800 744 487

International Calls: +64 9 583 5790Our contact centre is open 6.30am-8pm daily (NZDT).

Reference tour code: AWADS

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