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Beneath the blue waters of the Hauraki Gulf can be found more than 22 species of whales and dolphins.

We love spending time with these beautiful creatures when we’re out on the water and are incredibly lucky to have them living so close to Auckland city.

The most commonly encountered species on our trips is the Bryde’s whale. Over the 16 years we have been operating we have encountered many other species which include: blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, sei whales and Southern right whales.

These 3 species are the most commonly sighted Whales

Bryde’s whale 
​(Balaenoptera edeni)

IUCN Status: Red List (Threatened)

The Bryde's whale (pronounced 'Brooders') has a Nationally Critical status in New Zealand. Research indicates that there are less than 200 Bryde’s whales in New Zealand all living in or close to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This means we see these whales regularly year-round on our trips. These whales are surface feeders and make for an incredible sight when seen sweeping through krill, plankton or ‘large boil-ups’ of fish. 

Sei whale
(Balenoptera borealis)

IUCN Status: Endangered

New Zealand Threat Classification: Migrant

Sei whales are a migratory species found in most of the world’s oceans and seas. Reaching up to approximately 15m in the Southern Hemisphere, they have a similar size and appearance to the Hauraki Gulf’s resident Bryde’s whales. Similarly to Bryde’s, they also have a short dive time of approx 5-10 minutes.



Pygmy blue whale

(Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda)

IUCN Status: Data Deficient

New Zealand Threat Classification: Migrant

Slightly smaller than true blue whales, pygmy blues reach approximately 24m in length. They are found only in the Indian Ocean and the Southern Pacific Ocean and recent research has revealed an important feeding ground for these whales in the Taranaki Bight. Pygmy blues are an irregular visitor to the Hauraki Gulf, with the latest sightings in 2017. It is currently unknown whether pygmy blues in New Zealand migrate or stay year-round.