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


  1. Year-round encounters with incredible wildlife
  2. Enjoy spectacular views of Auckland landmarks
  3. Interact with on-board marine-science experts
  4. Learn from our expert and informative commentary
  5. See marine mammals, or cruise again for free

Tour overview

New Zealand’s unique whale and dolphin watching safari departs daily 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 the amazing and diverse marine wildlife. 

Read the full tour description here.

Tour Prices & Times

Adults (16 years and over)   $180
Children (15 years and under)   $125
Family (2x Adults + 2x Children)   $460
Additional children  $80
Senior (65+ with ID) $162

 Please Note:  All children attract an admission fee regardless of age.


 Year-round:        1:30pm - 6:00pm (check-in closes 1:10pm)


(Dec 17 - Jan 28) 

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

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


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 (left as you are looking at the water) of Quay Street in downtown Auckland. Upon arrival by foot, you will need to look for the New Zealand Maritime Museum entrance on your right immediately after the large ‘KZ1’ yacht.

All passengers are required to check in at our desk inside the New Zealand Maritime Museum no later than 15 minutes prior to 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 prior to departure.