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Whale and Dolphin Safari | Whale & Dolphin Watching

With nine years of continued scientific programmes undertaken onboard, our crew are probably New Zealand’s most experienced and knowledgeable. On Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari you will experience the Hauraki Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand. Our luxury 20m high speed catamaran is designed specifically for the sea conditions of this unique area.

You will be spellbound by the spectacle of a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales and dolphins or see small pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Wherever the most exciting whale and dolphin activity is, we aim to find it for you, whilst showing you some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.

Considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, 22 species of marine mammal have been identified in the Hauraki Gulf, almost 1/3 of the entire world’s population of species.


January • February • March • April • May • June • July • August • September • October • November • December


Half-day (3-6 hours)

Vessel types

Small boat (0-50 passengers)

Times and prices

Adults $155 children* $105 Family (2 adults and 2 children) $399 trip duration (approx) 4.5 hours departs Summer/winter 1.30pm/12.00pm RETURNS SUMMER /WINTER 6.00pm/4.30pm

About our skippers and naturalist guides


Onboard research • PA system • Snacks / drinks • Support conservation

We frequently

Watch whales and dolphins

Baleen Whales

Bryde's Whale

Ocean Dolphins

Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Other wildlife and points of interest

We encounter a wide range of sea birds, most often Gannets, Shearwaters and Little Blue Penguins. We also see rare sea birds including Spotted Shags, Giant Petrels and Albatross. Fish species we commonly see include Kingfish, Kahawai, Mackerel and Pilchards. We occasionally encounter Hammerhead, Bronze Whaler and Mako sharks.

Explore NZ Booking Kiosk, Viaduct Harbour,
Town / City
State / County
Zip / Postcode
New Zealand
0800 397 567
Nicola Clark
Most Enthusiastic Guides
Traveled: 2008-01-23, Reviewed: 2011-08-01
Safe approach to whales / dolphins
Valuable learning experience
Trip meets expectations
Minimal impact on the marine environment
Own research / support for conservation
I have been on this trip so many times now and it never fails to disappoint. As well as the most amazing sighings almost each and every tip the highlight is being around the enthusiasm and knowledge of the guides. Every guide is brimming with excitement every day and a wealth of knowledge and storied to tell. You can tell a good trip when you don't even need the animals to make a great trip.
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