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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 US$124.87
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1:30pm Departure
Departing at 1:30pm (October to November)
From US$124.87
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 (757)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience

We had a fantastic time on the whale and dolphin trip. We went with our daughter and boyfriend who live in Auckland. They had never done the trip before! Saw Orca (very rare) both on way out to sea and way back in the evening....More

Thank Getaway21938816624
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 fantastic time, it does surprise people that you can get to see whales, dolphins and Orcas in our Hauraki Gulf, without needing to head so far up north. I am always...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Whale Watching

The thing about most of these tours is that they leave you waiting for the real deal, but it was not the case in Auckland. The team comprises of people who do serious research while giving you a tour so they know their gig really...More

Thank 400akshayy
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Akshay, thank you for your five star review, we are pleased that we were able to show you that we are indeed serious about our tours and providing the best experience we can offer. Seeing that mother and calf must of been an epic...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Lots of dolphins but no whales :(

Saw hundreds of beautiful dolphins. Breathtaking. Crew are kind, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend. Very sad I didnt see a Whale or more variety of marine life but other than that it was amazing. Wish I could afford to go again.

Thank leahandadrian
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for you five star review, seeing so many dolphins is definitely a breathtaking sight and we are glad that you got to see it. Next time you come we do hope that you get to see some whales.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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.More

Thank mdro2016
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your five star review, we are pleased you enjoyed our safari. Having so many dolphins around must of been a sight to be seen! It must of been a special day to stay out longer with so many whales to spot. Look...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

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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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