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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise provided by Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Half-day whale watching cruise in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
Duration:
4h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
99
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Search for whales, dolphins, and seabirds during a tour of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park—it’s just a short boat ride from Auckland city’s Viaduct Harbour. You’ll board a luxury catamaran, custom-built as a marine mammal research vessel, and learn from the expertise of your crew. Enjoy an interactive half-day cruise.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Learn from experts on board working to protect marine mammals
  • Each passenger contributes to important conservation efforts
  • Catamaran departs Viaduct Harbour in central Auckland
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Learn from experts on board working to protect marine mammals
  • Each passenger contributes to important conservation efforts
  • Catamaran departs Viaduct Harbour in central Auckland
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6608AWDS
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Every ticket purchased contributes directly to Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Expert commentary/Interaction with our onboard Marine Research Scientists
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h 30m
Departure details
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Advisable to dress in warm layers and weatherproof gear as weather can be unpredictable
  • Advisable to bring sun hat (with chin strap to secure it), sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars and flat-soled shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • IMPORTANT: Check in closes 15 minutes prior to stated departure time. Those passengers who are late risk losing their allocated seats.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Every ticket purchased contributes directly to Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Expert commentary/Interaction with our onboard Marine Research Scientists
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1140, New Zealand
Duration
4h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Advisable to dress in warm layers and weatherproof gear as weather can be unpredictable
  • Advisable to bring sun hat (with chin strap to secure it), sunscreen, sunglasses, camera, binoculars and flat-soled shoes
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • IMPORTANT: Check in closes 15 minutes prior to stated departure time. Those passengers who are late risk losing their allocated seats.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
1,074 reviews
Excellent
859
Very good
139
Average
37
Poor
12
Terrible
27

YJ
1 contribution
Couples
We had a fantastic time during the cruise ride- despite the rainy weather, we had a smooth trip out and managed to spot gannets, many dolphins (common and bottlenose), and a whale! The rain made it a fun and memorable experience as well. The team was very knowledgeable and engaging - shoutout to George, Bria and Alex for taking care of us (towels to keep us warm and dry) and sharing your passion for marine life with us. Appreciate the policy of a complimentary rebooking if we don’t manage to sight anything. Truly enjoyable for kids and adults - a definite must do in Auckland to support ongoing marine research. Cheers!
Written 6 August 2022
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MikeETG
Kia Ora, thank you for taking the time to write your review and provide great feedback on the cruise and the team on board. I will make sure and pass on your feedback to them.
Written 9 August 2022
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Puvanesan Subenthiran
1 contribution
Family
Great trip. We went as a family and we all loved it. We were lucky to have wonderful sightings of a whale, dolphins and great activity. Definitely a “must do” in Auckland. Alex, Briar and George were a superb crew.
Written 6 August 2022
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Casper
1 contribution
Family
Friendly staff and learned a lot about the marine life around Auckland. We were lucky to see lots of dolphins.
Written 4 August 2022
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Florence
Phuket, Thailand4 contributions
Stuart and George and their crew were absolutely amazing. Even though it has been a foggy day, we had such wonderful sighting of dolphins.

Thank you so much for a memorable trip!

Florence and Sophie
Written 4 August 2022
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Pippa F
6 contributions
This was our second trip with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari. We had a complimentary voucher from a trip five years ago when we hadn't seen very much. It's great that the company offers this so you can be sure you get to see some whales or dolphins at some point.

It was a stunning winters day and going out on the lovely boat alone was a nice day out. It took a while to find them but eventually we came across gannets feeding which led us to a huge pod of dolphins. They were swimming in front of the boat for ages. It was a such a special experience for our whole family.

The staff on the boat were brilliant and I have to mention George because he was brilliant with my four year old who followed him around asking him questions including can she drive the boat about 50 times.

The trip was also really educational and it was great to learn about all the research that they are doing, My girls really enjoyed helping out with the experiments that were carried out on the boat.

Thank you so much for a brilliant day out.
Written 1 August 2022
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MikeETG
Kia Ora 339pippaf, thank you for taking the time to write your review and so glad you had a great time viewing the huge pod of dolphins and especially your feedback on Geroge, I will make sure and pass along the feedback to him.
Written 4 August 2022
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Scott D
6 contributions
Amazing day out, we were lucky enough to see a really big group of dolphins and a whale! The boat even stayed a little longer than planned to finish off seeing the whale.

Really good day, and very informative. We had 2 young children on board, life jackets were provided for them.
Thanks for a wonderful day!
Written 25 July 2022
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MikeETG
Kia Ora Scott, thank you for taking the time to write your review and feedback on your day. Glad you had a great time out with us and got to see the amazing marine mammals in the gulf.
Written 31 July 2022
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Andrea B
1 contribution
Terrible customer service. They sent out communication saying if you had Covid-like symptoms that they would rebook you, but when I contacted them about this they refused to rebook or refund. So I was out the price of two full tickets. I contacted them multiple times and they still would not refund. I was pretty surprised and disappointed by this company.
Written 24 July 2022
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MikeETG
Kia Ora PeeKay42, thank you for taking the time to post your review. I have had a chance to look into your concerns regarding the communication with the team regarding dates and calls that were made. If you could please contact us directly I would like the opportunity to rectify this situation with you. Thanks again for bringing this to our attention. Regards Mike
Written 1 August 2022
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Helena S
1 contribution
Friends
Such a fantastic trip, and experience, got to see dolphins and whales even in winter! Crew are friendly and knowledgeable, they actively take part in research and data collection (you can take part too!) And do everything to protect the cool animals in this cool harbour. 🐬🐳
Written 10 July 2022
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MikeETG
Kia Helen, thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed the research and data collection that we do on board and learning about all the great things our crew do everyday to help
Written 31 July 2022
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Elise S
1 contribution
Our family had a great time on the tour. It was an awesome experience and would definitely recommend.
Written 26 June 2022
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MikeETG
Hi Elise, thank you for taking the time to write your review. So happy to hear you and your family had a great time out on the water with us.
Written 31 July 2022
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callovertheworld
Mandaluyong, Philippines53 contributions
The tour itself was fun and educational. We stayed out in the front of the catamaran. We regreted it though whent he sea became rough. It is nature and we cannot complain. The thing though is with rough waves t is more difficult to do sightings.
We saw around 6 whales of different kinda..toobad though about the waves.
The service of the staff aboard I noticed is excellent because they cared about those who had seasickness.
Written 19 April 2022
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AnnaS_ETG
Kia ora, Thanks so much for your review. It is a shame that the sea became rough, but like you say - nature controls that part of the cruise! It is great to hear the crew were excellent especially helping with the passengers who became seasick. We appreciate the feedback.
Written 15 May 2022
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By: Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
F3738SIjoer
F3738SIjoer
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Great trip
Awesome day on the water out in beautiful Hauraki Gulf. Great team. Seen birds, dolphins, whales and even American
johnfindlay1958
johnfindlay1958
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Fantastic afternoon
My wife and I enjoyed a beautiful afternoon out on the water. The boat was clean, fast and totally fit for purpose.
RadiomaninLaos
RadiomaninLaos
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Great Value for Money
Remember this is nature and whatever your expectations are remember that you are a visitor in the Dolphins, Whales
ravinderksethi
ravinderksethi
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Thanks
Very nice trip Seen dolphins in life first time Cruise speed was excited and dolphins plays with it.
kylemillar33
kylemillar33
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Awesome experience
We had a wonderful trip with a very informative crew. I highly recommend this trip to people of any age.
nigelvedder
nigelvedder
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Taupo Outing
We had a great time. Skipper and Crew were excellent, skipper very entertaining on putting things across. Boat was
515dee
515dee
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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
We have had excellent service from the team. We attended on Sunday the 1st of March and saw an amazing pod of over
Dreamer21078034878
Dreamer21078034878
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Whale & Dolphins
After 2 attempt re-scheduled due to bad weather we were fortunate to be on the lucky one. Plenty dolphins and a wha
11Nicknick
11Nicknick
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Excellent experience
Far exceeded expectations.Well put together tour, very informative and knowledgeable staff made the experience a fu
johnS6473LA
johnS6473LA
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simply amazing
love it and anyone considering going. you definitely should. it’s very educational too. the dolphins are super cute
HapppyTony
HapppyTony
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A Great morning trip out with this knowledgeable team
I am late with a big “Thank You” for Whale and dolphin Watching – my wife and I had a really great time and saw a
jd732019
jd732019
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Awesome experience
We were lucky to see a huge pod of dolphins and a bryde whale. The staff were lovely and offered great education ab
B167GOsusanm
B167GOsusanm
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Great afternoon around the AUCKLAND harbour and outer islands
The crew were amazing with my 3 grandchildren. It was very informative shames about lack of sea life but they gave
FrequentFlier433229
FrequentFlier433229
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Excellent by Robbie Slaughter
Professionally run, exceptionally well organised. Crew showed a genuine interest in their commendable work. Excell
122manfredr
122manfredr
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Awesome
Very good tour. We saw a lot of birds, very much of dolphins and about 10 whales. The Crew was very experienced.
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