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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise provided by Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 29/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Search for whales, dolphins, and seabirds during a tour of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park—it’s just a short boat ride from Auckland city’s Viaduct Harbour. You’ll board a luxury catamaran, custom-built as a marine mammal research vessel, and learn from the expertise of your crew. Enjoy an interactive half-day cruise.
Highlights
  • Half-day whale watching cruise in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
  • Learn from experts on board working to protect marine mammals
  • Each passenger contributes to important conservation efforts
  • Catamaran departs Viaduct Harbour in central Auckland
Important Information
Departure Point
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Street, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
Duration
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Every ticket purchased contributes directly to Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Expert commentary/Interaction with our onboard Marine Research Scientists
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Advisable to dress in warm layers and weatherproof gear as weather can be unpredictable
  • Advisable to bring sun hat (with chin strap to secure it), sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars and flat-soled shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • IMPORTANT: Check in closes 15 minutes prior to stated departure time. Those passengers who are late risk losing their allocated seats.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lutz-Germany wrote a review Jun 2020
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We had a wonderful trip with AW&DS on New Year´s Eve 2019 as part of our NZ-tour around the North Island. Booking and organization in advance were easy and uncomplicated. The crew was friendly, gave loads of information during the tour and also cared for their guests by
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AppleStud wrote a review Mar 2020
Dallas, Texas383 contributions28 helpful votes
Harbor views were neat and sea spray, if wanted, were a nice start. The 4+ hours went by so quickly. Friendly crew who really care about the sea was touching.
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Response from AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Thank you for your 5* review, AppleStud! We are pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your safari experiencing exploring Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and viewing both the marine wildlife that lives here. We hope to see you on board again in the future.
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flatworm wrote a review Mar 2020
birmingham134 contributions67 helpful votes
Superb afternoon out , well run outfit , helpful crew , saw lots of dolphins in the Hauraki Gulf Four hours plus out on the boat in warm sunny weather , suspect the dolphins have more energy to play when its warm , remember dolphins are wild animals and sometimes they don't
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Thank you for your 5* review, flatworm! We are pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your safari experiencing exploring Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and viewing both the dolphins that live here. We hope to see you on board again in the future.
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Jan wrote a review Mar 2020
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I definitely don't recommend you this company. The crew, boat and our cruise was nice but the customer post-service was insufficient and their terms about sighting guarantee are inapplicable for most of the foreigner tourists. I usually don't give a negative rating, but now I
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
Responded 25 Mar 2020
Thank you for your review, racansky_honza. We are pleased that you enjoyed your safari experience exploring Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with us. We do apologise for the miscommunication in regards to being able to obtain a refund. As clearly stated on our website and booking conditions, we offer a Sightings Guarantee in the form of complimentary vouchers. We do this in lieu of offering refunds so that, if you are unfortunate enough to be in the <5% of trips that can't locate any marine mammals (in this instance, an inaccurate marine forecast hindered the ability for our crew to locate the wildlife), there is another opportunity to try again which, many of our passengers who receive these vouchers do. There is no expiry date so we always suggest to keep the voucher safe in case you do return to New Zealand. The current record is 13 years in between visits! We do hope that you will visit New Zealand again one day in the future and be able to join us on board.
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Florent DENIEUL wrote a review Mar 2020
Maisons-Alfort, France7 contributions
With Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, I lived a great and magic journey! For the First Time in my life, I saw Many Dolphins and I was like a Child! Don’t hesitate!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
Responded 22 Mar 2020
Thank you for your 5* review, florentdenieul! We are pleased that you thoroughly enjoyed your safari experience exploring Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, learning about the ocean and viewing the dolphins that live here. We hope to see you on board again in the future.
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About the operator

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By: Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
catherinemfoster
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Whale and dolphin safari
Great team... pity the wildlife didn’t play ball. I’ve now got a free pass for as many trips as it takes for them t
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johnfindlay1958
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Fantastic afternoon
My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon out on the water. The boat was clean, fast and totally fit for purpose.
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RadiomaninLaos
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Great Value for Money
Remember this is nature and whatever your expectations are remember that you are a visitor in the Dolphins, Whales
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ravinderksethi
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Thanks
Very nice trip Seen dolphins in life first time Cruise speed was excited and dolphins plays with it.
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kylemillar33
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Awesome experience
We had a wonderful trip with a very informative crew. I highly recommend this trip to people of any age.
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nigelvedder
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Taupo Outing
We had a great time. Skipper and Crew were excellent, skipper very entertaining on putting things across. Boat was
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515dee
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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
We have had excellent service from the team. We attended on Sunday the 1st of March and saw an amazing pod of over
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Dreamer21078034878
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Whale & Dolphins
After 2 attempt re-scheduled due to bad weather we were fortunate to be on the lucky one. Plenty dolphins and a wha
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11Nicknick
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Excellent experience
Far exceeded expectations.Well put together tour, very informative and knowledgeable staff made the experience a fu
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johnS6473LA
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simply amazing
love it and anyone considering going. you definitely should. it’s very educational too. the dolphins are super cute
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HapppyTony
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A Great morning trip out with this knowledgeable team
I am late with a big “Thank You” for Whale and dolphin Watching – my wife and I had a really great time and saw a
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jd732019
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Awesome experience
We were lucky to see a huge pod of dolphins and a bryde whale. The staff were lovely and offered great education ab
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B167GOsusanm
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Great afternoon around the AUCKLAND harbour and outer islands
The crew were amazing with my 3 grandchildren. It was very informative shames about lack of sea life but they gave
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FrequentFlier433229
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Excellent by Robbie Slaughter
Professionally run, exceptionally well organised. Crew showed a genuine interest in their commendable work. Excell
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122manfredr
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Awesome
Very good tour. We saw a lot of birds, very much of dolphins and about 10 whales. The Crew was very experienced.
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Key Details
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, and 10 more
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
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