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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Highlights
  • 4.5-hour whale and dolphin watching cruise, from Auckland
  • Ride aboard a custom-built luxury catamaran for a superb viewing experience
  • Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and as many as six types of whales
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise
From USD 121.43
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1:30pm Departure
Departing at 1:30pm (October to November)
USD 121.43
Overview
Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
What to Expect
Meet the boat crew at the New Zealand Maritime Museum at Viaduct Harbour, and depart aboard a custom-built 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, comfortably appointed so you can best view up to six types of whales as well as dolphins and other marine life.
Throughout your 4.5-hour cruise, the captain and guides entertain you with fascinating facts about the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, home to five marine preserves and sprinkled with islands — it's considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine parks and home to some 23 different species.
Hear about research conducted in partnerships with local marine scientists and discover which whales the crew tracks. They’ll point out sea mammals such as frequently spotted pods of bottlenose dolphins and Bryde’s whales, native to New Zealand.
Be ready to snap photos of adorable blue penguins. Set your binoculars upon seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels, shearwaters and white-fronted terns soaring above or plunging into the sea.
Afterward, the boat returns to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, where your tour ends.
Please note: While wildlife viewings cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often swimming around these waters. In the event that you do not see any marine mammals during your trip, you can go again another day at no extra charge.
Reviews (752)
1 - 5 of 716 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Heaps of dolphins - multiple whales

We really enjoyed this activity. The crew knows their stuff and the accommodations are great. We must have seen 200 dolphins and two types of whales. We were out an extra hour but spotting the whales made it worthwhile.

Thank mdro2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome experience!

Been an Aucklanders for many years and first time seeing a glimpse of whale (apparently a rare one too) and lots of dolphins and their babies at the Hauarki Gulf Marine Park. What an awesome adventure and we did a bit wet at the end...More

Thank buzzyss
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your five star review, we are pleased you had such a fun afternoon and the weather held out so you could enjoy what the Hauraki Gulf has to offer. We are always glad to hear that the team was friendly and professional...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
What A Team!

The team were so wonderful. We saw dolphins and a whale but they have such a high standard they invited everyone on the boat back for free so we could see more. A great example of exceptional customer service. It's a wonderful day out, you...More

Thank TJL45
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your five star review, we are glad you had a wonderful day out. Hope to see you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best day of my 8 months in NZ loved every second

Absolutely amazing. Whales, dolphins, jellyfish, storm petrels, gannets and terns...perfect. would do this every day if i could x

Thank Angie_WS
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your five star review, we are glad it was such a highlight of your stay in NZ.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome Whale Watching

A few days ago my wife and I took the afternoon whale watching tour. They have a great team that really made the day fun and informative. We saw so much wildlife, Blue Penguins, Common Dolphins, Gannets (and many other sea birds) and 3 species...More

Thank Tourist371373
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thespacetraveller
2 May 2018|
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Response from NZJafa | Reviewed this property |
bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins mostly daily orcas frequently
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Response from Sean L | Reviewed this property |
I went in March and saw lots of dolphins but everyday is different, I'm confident you won't be disappointed!!
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