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New Zealand’s most interactive whale and dolphin watching experience

An incredible eco safari direct from downtown Auckland

Unforgettable memories and amazing photo opportunities

If you’ve always wanted to go whale watching, our 4.5-hour safari features breathtaking encounters with New Zealand marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins, seals, rare seabirds and more!

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

Why is our whale and dolphin watching safari unique?

  • This is the only daily whale and dolphin watching safari operating directly from a New Zealand city
  • Your ticket purchase directly contributes to the global push to protect our planet’s marine environment
  • You’re hosted by expert marine researchers who conduct biological studies during your tour and will share their knowledge with you
  • We privately fund and support marine wildlife studies through universities, trusts and government departments

What if I don’t see any whales or 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.

One of the best things to do in Auckland

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari was awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which ranks it a highly commended experience. It also holds the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame award, given to experiences awarded five or more consecutive certificates of excellence. As well as being a top Auckland attraction, it’s a truly unique New Zealand conservation experience.

Book a Safari + Auckland Explorer Bus combo and save! 

Auckland Explorer Bus is the city’s original hop on, hop off sightseeing bus tour. See Auckland’s top attractions in your own time, including Kelly Tarlton’s, Auckland Zoo, Auckland Museum, Mt Eden and more. Passes also include a return ferry trip to Devonport.

Now you can book an Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari together with a 24-hour Auckland Explorer Bus pass and save! 

Adult Combo Pass: $210 (save $25)

Child Combo Pass: $140 (save $15)

 

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Why Choose Us?

We set 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

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


Connect

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


Learn

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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