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Meet the boat crew at the New Zealand Maritime Museum at Viaduct Harbour, and depart aboard a custom-built 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, comfortably appointed so you can best view up to six types of whales as well as dolphins and other marine life.
Throughout your 4.5-hour cruise, the captain and guides entertain you with fascinating facts about the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, home to five marine preserves and sprinkled with islands — it's considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine parks and home to some 23 different species.
Hear about research conducted in partnerships with local marine scientists and discover which whales the crew tracks. They’ll point out sea mammals such as frequently spotted pods of bottlenose dolphins and Bryde’s whales, native to New Zealand.
Be ready to snap photos of adorable blue penguins. Set your binoculars upon seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels, shearwaters and white-fronted terns soaring above or plunging into the sea.
Afterward, the boat returns to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, where your tour ends.
Please note: While wildlife viewings cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often swimming around these waters. In the event that you do not see any marine mammals during your trip, you can go again another day at no extra charge.
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Viaduct Harbour
New Zealand Maritime Museum
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
  • 4.5-hour whale and dolphin watching cruise, from Auckland
  • Ride aboard a custom-built luxury catamaran for a superb viewing experience
  • Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and as many as six types of whales
  • Observe gannets that hunt by plunging into the water at speeds of up to 87 mph (140 kmh)
  • Listen to entertaining and informative commentary provided by your captain and crew
  • Departs from the Viaduct Harbour, conveniently located in downtown Auckland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Wonderful trip out!

Had such a wonderful trip out to sea, staff were helpful and informative including us in the research they were carrying out. We saw whales and dolphins and spent a good time out at sea following and searching for as many as we could. The...More

Thank feedthegirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Experience... Guarenteed!

I highly recommend this experience for people interested in nature, animals, or the ocean! The staff is friendly, curteous, and knowledgeable. If you don’t have the quality experience that they want to give you, they provide you with a lifetime voucher to return to the...More

1  Thank Devin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic Whale & Dolphin Cruise Experience

What a fantastic experience! We had gone on the cruise July 30th ... saw a whale blow and about 4 dolphins in the distance on the way back to shore. We loved listening to Captain Andy (Skip) & crew speak, educating us on the importance...More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great educational trip

We took this trip with kids and were apprehensive about the weather, specially as my wife is prone to seasickness. Beautiful clear day to start with, we were explained about the phytoplankton and the zooplankton. A luxury of being on a research vessel. We came...More

Thank Pata2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
WHALEY COOL! Truly special and amazing!!

I've been a captain operating for 8 years in the stunning Hauraki Gulf but still wanted to head out with these guys to take my 4 year old for a really awesome experience. These guys are in a league of their own. We found dolphins...More

Thank Marcus H
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May 2, 2018|
Response from NZJafa | Reviewed this property |
bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins mostly daily orcas frequently
May 2, 2018|
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Response from Sean L | Reviewed this property |
I went in March and saw lots of dolphins but everyday is different, I'm confident you won't be disappointed!!
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