Join us on New Zealand’s most unique whale and dolphin watching experience!

Aboard New Zealand's most accessible marine research vessel.

Unforgettable memories and amazing photo opportunities

If you’ve always wanted to go whale watching, our 4.5-hour safari features breath-taking encounters with New Zealand marine wildlife, including Bryde’s whales, dolphins, orcas, seals and rare seabirds.

Start your adventure tour from the vibrant Viaduct Harbour in downtown Central Auckland and explore the natural beauty of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park on our purpose-built, luxury, 65-foot (20-metre) marine research vessel.

Why is our whale and dolphin safari unique?

As well as being the only daily whale and dolphin watch safari operating directly from a New Zealand city, we also privately fund and support Marine Wildlife studies through universities, trusts and government departments. 

That means you sail with qualified marine researchers who conduct biological studies during your tour - and will share their knowledge with you. Your ticket purchase directly contributes to the global push to protect our planet’s marine environment.

What if I don’t see whales and dolphins?

We back this unique and interactive encounter experience with our industry-leading Sighting Guarantee – if you don’t see marine mammals you come back again for FREE. It’s as simple as that.

Make the most of your time in Auckland

It’s on your doorstep. Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari is a TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' 2018 highly commended experience. As well as being a very special Auckland tourist attraction, it’s a truly unique New Zealand conservation experience.

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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


Enjoy unique and special moments with our wildlife and capture photos of rare birds, marine mammals and amazing island views during your personal encounters.


Make close-up discoveries and enjoy experiences with our diverse marine wildlife in the stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.


Explore this conservation area alongside marine researchers on our comfortable, high-tech boat and get an expert education from the crew.

What marine wildlife will I see?

Expect Bryde’s whales and common and bottlenose dolphins on a typical marine safari. Depending on the time of the year, you may spot blue, humpback, minke, sei, pilot, beaked, sperm or southern right whales. And watch out for leopard seals, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, turtles, manta rays and the amazing orca. The Hauraki Gulf also has 26 species of seabird, including the delightful little blue penguin.

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