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NZ$165 per adult

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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safaris

Join the Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari for a fantastic marine wildlife encounter.

Discover the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Departing direct from the Viaduct harbour in central Auckland city, this 4hr cruise enjoys up-close viewing of wild marine mammals and rare seabirds living in their natural habitat in one of the most abundant and diverse marine parks on the planet.

Offering much more than just a wildlife watching trip, you’ll also get to learn from the marine-researchers on board working to protect the whales, dolphins and their fragile home. Be inspired by the research conducted alongside you on the comfortable 65ft (20m) vessel, get involved with some of the interactive research studies being conducted and enjoy an expert education from the crew about whales, dolphins and our other marine wildlife.

Providing a fantastic opportunity to get out on Auckland’s beautiful Waitematā harbour, the cruise also takes in views and commentary of numerous local landmarks including Auckland city, the Harbour Bridge, North Head/Devonport, Rangitoto and Tiritiri Matangi Island to name but a few.

With well over 1,000 5-star reviews and every ticket sold contributing to marine-life conservation efforts, this is your opportunity to Join AWADS on their mission to save Auckland’s whales and dolphins into the future!

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari Activity Options

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

  • Conveniently departing from the Viaduct Basin in central Auckland, jump aboard the 65ft (20-mtr) catamaran the ‘Dolphin Explorer‘ and take in the sights and sounds as you depart the city.  Relax on the boat’s large open deck or comfortable lounges while you enjoy a tour past iconic Auckland landmarks (Auckland city, harbour bridge, North Head/Devonport and Rangitoto Island), all the while keeping a close eye out for Orca and Bottlenose dolphins which are known to regularly visit these waters.
  • The educational experience begins immediately with the crew providing expert commentary on the marine ecosystem seen in Auckland – from the purity of the water right up to the apex predators of whales and dolphins.  This is a great opportunity to stop briefly and conduct the first research activities – an interactive secchi disc drop, plankton scoop and micro-plastic sampling, of which important scientific data will be taken and shared with our research partners.
  • After this it’s out past the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Islands to where a plethora of wildlife awaits.  A typical safari is likely to encounter resident Bryde’s whales and Common dolphins along with an amazing variety of seabirds. There is also a chance to see many other species including Blue whales, Humpbacks, Minke, Sei or Southern Right whales, Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta ray and of course the amazing Orca (Killer whale). Once spotted enjoy up-close viewing of these fascinating (and in some cases critically endangered) ocean creatures. More than just simply watching them, our friendly crew also provide the opportunity to learn about what you are seeing via direct interaction and live commentary.
  • Being wild animals in their natural environment, every trip is different. However typically after three hours the boat will begin to head back towards Auckland.  Sit back, take advantage of the on-board licensed bar/food offerings and enjoy the island and city views while sitting in quiet contemplation of the natural beauty you have just witnessed.

Other Information on the Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari


  • 1.30 pm
  • 8:00 am sailings available during peak summer season


  • 4.5 hours

What to Bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Shower-proof jacket
  • Sunhat & Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Binoculars


Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand.

Book the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

You can book whale and dolphin watching in Auckland separately or as part of one of our North Island holiday packages. We bundle activitiesaccommodation, and transportation together for convenient, affordable New Zealand holidays.

Popular New Zealand holiday packages including the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari are:

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to plan your Auckland activities.

Tour Prices

* All pricing is in New Zealand Dollars

* Family: 2 Adult and 2 Children

* Children: 14 years and under

* Select item(s) above and submit with your other New Zealand accommodation, activity and transport needs. A travel consultant will contact you in less than 12 hours with availability and best available price. Upon your approval and payment you will then receive confirmation.


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• Whale and Dolphin Safari Adult NZ$165 PP
• Whale and Dolphin Safari Child NZ$109 PP
• Whale and Dolphin Safari Family NZ$399

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