About the tour
Auckland is the only location in New Zealand that provides the opportunity to see Whales and Dolphins within minutes of leaving the City. Each 4.5-hour Safari in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is a unique experience and the sightings always vary. Whilst dolphins and whales are our focus there are often orca, seals, turtles and a diverse variety of sharks.
What makes this tour so unique is that the Hauraki Gulf has a small semi-resident population of critically endangered Bryde’s whales. Population size is estimated at just over 50. The fact that they are largely resident in the Marine Park makes them unique because these whales are normally migratory. Globally, they are classified as ‘data-deficient’ because there is not a sufficient amount of data available, which is the reason we have supported research into these mammals for over 18 years now.
This is your opportunity to learn from the marine researchers on board working to protect the whales, dolphins and their fragile home. Join us on our family-owned mission and be inspired by the research conducted alongside you on our comfortable high-tech boat.
Tour Prices & Times
|Adults (16 years and over)||$180|
|Children (15 years and under)||$125|
|Family (2x Adults + 2x Children)||$460|
Please Note: All children attract an admission fee regardless of age.
|Apr 1st – Sept 30th:||12:30pm - 5:00pm
(Check-in closes 12:15pm)
|Oct 1st – Nov 30th:|| 1:30pm - 6:00pm
(Check-in closes 1:15pm)
|Dec 1st – Apr 30th:|| 9:00am - 1:30pm
(Check-in closes 8:45am)
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.