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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

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175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 508 365 744
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise
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Experience the diverse wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. See wild marine mammals and seabirds living in their natural habitat. Explore amongst volcanic islands with beautiful views of sandy beaches and hidden coves. You’ll also get to learn from the marine researchers on board working to protect the whales, dolphins and their fragile home. Be inspired by the research conducted alongside you on our high-tech boat and enjoy an expert education from our friendly crew. Every passenger contributes to these important research and conservation efforts, just by coming on board. *4.5 hr eco-adventure in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park *GUARANTEED marine mammal viewing – or come back for free! *Every ticket helps contribute directly to marine mammal conservation *Watch & learn – expert commentary & interaction with our on-board marine research scientists. *Incredibly convenient – departs daily from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland city.
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175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 508 365 744

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Thank Idefix_j
Reviewed 13 August 2017

The four hour excursion was not only very enjoyable but informative, too. The crew was extremely friendly, with great sense of humour and more than willing to chat and share their knowledge with individual customers. We saw lots of common dolphins but, alas, no whales...More

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Thank Mathias V
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The day we were going on the safari, the crew gave folks the option to reschedule since the water was rough and it would be unlikely to see many marine animals. We chose to go anyway since our schedule didn't permit us to switch days....More

Thank Pam O
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

First at all: What they promise is true. On our first day we couldn't even see one dolphin or a whale but they gave as a voucher to do it again. In the following I'm going to describe just our second time on board. Crew:...More

1  Thank Kenneth S
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I had a brilliant day with these guys. The captain was super informative and actually had some really interesting facts and information. We only managed to spot probably under 30 dolphins or so but they offered for us to come back another time as they...More

1  Thank fiachi2017
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The weather was great. We saw lots of diving gannets. A fur seal. Penguins & lots of dolphins. The highlight was a mother whale with her calf.

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Thank kaz_tony
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I took my daughter and Grandson out with me for his birthday. Thank you for accommodating us even though the online vouchers I bought expired end of July. Lots of great information and very friendly staff. Looking forward to our next (free) trip! Diane

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Thank 859diane
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Fun, friendly and informative crew made it a wonderful sunny afternoon cruising round the gulf looking for marine life. Fortunate to see mother and baby Bryde's whales feeding and hundreds of common dolphins playing at our boat's bow. Boat comfortable and good space to observe...More

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Thank Two_can_travel_1516
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Great activity to chill and spot some marine life around the Hauraki Golf for an afternoon! We've seen loads of Dolphins and get to spot one Whale. The full commentary from the captain is very interesting and the cruise between the islands is pretty cool.

Thank Tarek-Terry S
Reviewed 3 August 2017

My kids gave me the Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari as a birthday present and it turned out to be an experience I'll treasure forever. From the moment we boarded the boat the staff made us feel very welcome. The trip was so informative yet...More

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Tarni-Lee R
28 August 2017|
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Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for your question. While Orca are not a prime target species of ours we do see them quite often (just over 11% of trips) in October. Unfortunately it is pretty much impossible to provide a better idea of... More
Jacky G
26 April 2017|
Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi Jacky, Thanks for your enquiry. You're absolutely correct in that unfortunately we can't predict exactly when we will (and won't) see whales. I can completely understand your request though so here you go... Our... More
23 January 2017|
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Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes all children 15yrs and under attract the child rate of $105. Unfortunately because everyone on board is included within our passenger limits we do have to charge a fee. If you are... More