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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

#1 of 52 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Auckland Features Animals
175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 508 365 744
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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari make it easy to experience the astonishingly abundant wildlife of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Our 4.5 hour marine eco-safari offers guaranteed Whale and Dolphin viewing year-round, departing direct from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland. But we offer so much more than just Whale and Dolphin watching. The privilege of operating daily within this world-class conservation area has inspired us to establish New Zealand's only research-based marine mammal experience. Working closely with the Department of Conservation and local Universities we successfully combine up-close and personal viewing of Whales, Dolphins and Sea-birds with important Marine Biology research conducted on-board. This allows passengers the chance to encounter, understand and above-all help protect this incredible resource of marine life. There's no need to travel far to have a truly world-class wildlife adventure. With over one third of all the world’s marine-mammal species seen within the area the amazing Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is one of the best places on the entire planet to see whales and dolphins, and it’s right on Auckland’s doorstep! • 4.5 hour Eco-cruise on Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park • GUARANTEED Marine Mammal viewing – or come back for free! • Incredibly Convenient – departs 12:30 daily from the Viaduct Harbour, down-town Auckland City. • Watch & Learn – Expert commentary and Interaction with our on-board Marine Research Scientists • Highly Recommended - TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' 2013, 2014 & 2015 • Relaxed & Comfortable – 65ft luxury catamaran holds up to 100 people, with fully licensed cafe/bar. • Perfect for Groups - Private charters, special group rates and catering options available.
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Hours Today: 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 508 365 744

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend booked this trip for us in April time. The weather was fine and we started off alright. Don't use the cafe on board as mark-up is horrendous. Staff unfriendly, heard them boredly answering questions from several visitors - Sarah (I think her name...More

Thank mst0tt
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi mst0tt, Brad here from Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari. It's fair to say I was unpleasantly surprised reading your review but my sincere thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback. We do honestly strive for every single one of our customers to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since we were livng in Auckland for a short period we had to see the wildlife from our backyard. The first time I went with my sister in law and my daugther. Although we had a great time on board with lots of information from...More

Thank Annemarie v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great day - fantastic host team - we were blessed to see Orca, whale and dolphins. Its a long trip so be ready for it and consider that with younger children.

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Thank MarkElley963
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the trip, or you will regret...... Best service, and you will see whales and dolphins. Also the scenery is lovely...

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Thank Morten B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of 4 really enjoyed the trip. We saw hundreds of dolphins but only one whale, which wasn't too disappointing. The boat allowed easy access to all areas and the skipper was great, providing lots of info and very humorously. His assistants were very...More

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Thank Neil U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have now been on the safari twice because the company was not satisfied with the first run........THE COMPANY WAS NOT SATISFIED. It's not too often you get a company that cares so much about the customer experience that they give you as many free...More

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Thank cetraveller92
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an awesome time out in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. We managed to find two Orca, sneak up on a sleeping giant - a Bryde's whale (without disturbing him), and race with NZ Common Dolphins on the way home! Staff were friendly, helpful and...More

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Thank kiwichik2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had an utterly incredible time with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari. We saw lots of wildlife including penguins, shearwaters, gannets, common dolphins and Bryde's whales. The crew were very friendly and knowledgeable and I would love to make a return trip later in the...More

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Thank aliceroseforeman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing, fun, informative, informal, friendly...awesome staff with a great cause who do great work! Definite must do, worth working into your schedule!

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Thank Jasmine P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari with our two under 5s and their Granny on a weekday. It was awesome, and we all loved seeing the bottlenose & common dolphins, whales & gannets. The staff were super knowledgeable about marine life in the...More

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Jacky G
April 25, 2017|
Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi Jacky, Thanks for your enquiry. You're absolutely correct in that unfortunately we can't predict exactly when we will (and won't) see whales. I can completely understand your request though so here you go... Our... More
January 23, 2017|
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Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for your question. Yes all children 15yrs and under attract the child rate of $105. Unfortunately because everyone on board is included within our passenger limits we do have to charge a fee. If you are... More