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Whale & dolphin watching - aboard New Zealand's most accessible marine research vessel.

Spend 4.5 hours experiencing the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. See wild marine mammals and rare birds living in their natural habitat. Explore amongst volcanic islands with views of sandy beaches and hidden coves. Share special moments and close encounters with wildlife while capturing photos of rare birds, marine mammals and unique island views. We are the only Auckland Tourist attraction that gives you the opportunity to see both whales and dolphins so close to any NZ city.

We are one of the few Tourism operations in New Zealand that privately funds and supports University Marine Wildlife studies. Researchers travel most days conducting biological studies and interacting with passengers explaining the importance of this unique ecosystem whilst offering passengers exciting up-close encounters with critically endangered Bryde’s whales, orca and dolphins. 

  • Departs daily from Auckland's Viaduct Basin, a few minutes walk from all major hotels and hostels.
  • A unique New Zealand conservation experience - passengers participate in interactive scientific research activities and learn about the marine ecosystem.
  • Industry leading "Sighting Guarantee" - see marine mammals or you can come back FREE!
  • Watch & Learn – Expert commentary and interaction with our onboard Marine Research Scientists.
  • Highly Recommended - TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' 2018
  • The best way to see Auckland - enjoy up-close views of the Harbour Bridge, beautiful islands and the Auckland skyline on your return.

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Why Choose Us?

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari sets the standard for Tourism and Marine Conservation in New Zealand

Share our unique sea safari - aboard New Zealand's most accessible marine research vessel


Share

Share special moments and close encounters with wildlife while capturing photos of rare birds, marine mammals and unique island views.


Connect

Experience the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.


Learn

Be inspired by the research conducted alongside you on our comfortable high-tech boat and enjoy an expert education from the crew.

Experience some of New Zealand's most abundant Marine life.

A typical Safari is likely to encounter Bryde’s whales, common and bottlenose dolphins. There is also a chance to see blue, humpback, minke, sei, pilot, beaked, sperm or Southern right whales, depending upon the time of year.  Also, leopard and New Zealand fur seals, sharks, turtles, manta ray and the amazing orca. There are 26 species of seabird confirmed breeding in or near the Marine Park including the little blue penguin.

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