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)   $190
Children (15 years and under)   $130
Family (2x Adults + 2x Children)   $480
Additional children  $85
Senior (65+ with ID) $171

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


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

Daily, year-round


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

Daily: Dec 21 - Jan 27

Weekends/Public Hols only:  Feb 1 - March 1 


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.


NEW: Whale & Dolphin Safari plus Auckland Explorer Bus Combo 

Your safari will give you spectacular views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the water. Want to see the best of Auckland city’s attractions on land too? Jump on board the Auckland Explorer Bus!


The city’s original hop on, hop off sightseeing bus tour gets you to Auckland's most popular visitor attractions, like the Auckland Museum, Sky Tower, Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s, Mt Eden and more. Your bus pass also includes a return ferry trip to the seaside village of Devonport. 


Book an Whale and Dolphin Safari plus Explorer Bus combo and save up to $25 per person!  


Adult Combo Pass: $210 (save $25) 

Child Combo Pass: $140 (save $15) 


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