Right on Auckland’s doorstep - the whale and dolphin watching tour you’ll never forget

Tour overview

New Zealand’s unique whale and dolphin watching safari departs twice a day every Saturday and Sunday from downtown Auckland. Enjoy a 4.5-hour cruise on board the luxurious ‘Dolphin Explorer’ as we explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife. 


Read a detailed tour description here.



  • Year-round encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Auckland landmarks
  • Interact with onboard marine science experts
  • Learn from our expert and informative commentary
  • See marine mammals, or cruise again for free

Tour Prices & Times

For a limited time you can enjoy these special safari prices!

Adults (15 years and over)   $99
Children (0 to 14 years)   $69
Family (2x Adults + 2x Children)   $255
Additional children (5 to 14 years)   $45
Senior (65+ with ID) $89



Morning Sailings:  8:00am - 12:30pm (check-in closes 7:45am)

Every Saturday and Sunday from 1 August 


Afternoon Sailings:  1:30pm - 6:00pm (check-in closes 1:15pm)

Every Saturday and Sunday, with selected weekday cruises. Check booking link for availability.


Video Tour

Check-in information

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
New Zealand Maritime Museum, 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour


Directions: Viaduct Harbour is located at the western end of Quay Street (left as you are looking at the water) in downtown Auckland. When arriving on foot, you will need to look for the New Zealand Maritime Museum entrance on your right, immediately after the large white ‘KZ1’ yacht.

All passengers must check in at our desk inside the New Zealand Maritime Museum no later than 15 minutes before departure time. Please be aware that your allocated seats may be released to stand-by passengers if you do not check in at least 15 minutes before departure.