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“Awesome Experience!!”

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
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$118.74*
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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
“Awesome Experience!!”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you like dolphins, whales and seabirds then this is definitely worth going on! Was sooo enjoyable, despite the weather being a bit iffy here and there. The crew made the experience all the more better - they were funny, very helpful and informative, letting us know in advance if there was a sighting and talked through many facts about all the creatures we came across. I've already been twice and can't wait to go again! Definitely worth it!

Visited April 2014
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“Amazing trip”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

The trip was awesome! We have seen so many dolphins!!! The crew was very professional and was always telling us immediately, if there were dolphins or whales. We made several stops to observe the wildlife and learned a lot! The way back to the harbour was as well so nice, because we cruised along picturesque Waiheke Island. We would definitely recommend this tour!

Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari is amazing!”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

I have lived in Auckland all my life and had no idea there were such amazing sea creatures literally 'on our back door step' in the Hauraki Gulf. We saw albatross, penguins, shear waters, dolphins and their calves and most exciting of all...whales!

It was such an informative, interesting and fun experience. The captain and crew were fantastic and went out of their way to make sure we all had a great time.

I am planning to go again and bring my family.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great experience, safe, fun and informative”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

I live in Auckland and had no idea that we had whales and dolphins living so close! The cruise was great, we saw tonnes of dolphins, penguins and a few whales up close. Dolphins followed the boat and leapt up out of the water. We even saw quite a few baby dolphins with their mothers. So great to see these animals happy in their natural environment going about their daily business. Bird watchers might be interested in this too; there were plenty of gannets circling and diving around the dolphins.

The best part was the emphasis on conservation and respect for the animals. The crew know when animals are fine to approach and when they are busy or not interested. The boat donates cruise time to marine biology researchers and some of the crew are marine biology specialists, so they know their stuff.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

What an exciting experience, whales and dolphins right on Auckland's doorstep. The wild life is incredible and the trip is made perfect by the crew who make it a safe, educational and most importantly, an excellent experience!!! This is a must-do in Auckland.

Visited April 2014
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