Orca/Killer Whale

(Orcinus orca)

IUCN Status: Data Deficient

NZ Classification: Nationally Critical

The largest member of the dolphin family. Orca can be seen passing through the Hauraki Gulf throughout the year, usually in pods of 5-15 animals. New Zealand orca are specialists in hunting rays and sharks, an incredible sight to see in action.

Want to learn more about dolphins? Check out the smaller Common Dolphin and the Bottlenose Dolphin also found in the Hauraki Gulf.

Book your spot on our next tour for your chance to see Orca on our Auckland whale and dolphin watching tour.