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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

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Experience the diverse wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. See wild marine mammals and seabirds living in their natural habitat. Explore amongst volcanic islands with beautiful views of sandy beaches and hidden...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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+64 508 365 744
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Reviewed yesterday

I went on this tour, but alas, all we saw was one unspecified whale that had an injury. This whale, understandably, kept its distance. While I understand that these are wild animals, the problems comes when none are found. First, the constant searching for hours...More

Thank DrPeterJonason
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The dolphin and whale safari is definately worth doing. I went yesturday with friends and we seen a beautiful school of dolphins. The crew were lovely and we got to see so much of beautiful scenery. We didnt see any whales however but the crew...More

Thank Nicole M
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to see some marine wildlife and also learn about it, this is the tour to go on. The crew is really passionate about what they do, which is making sure that future generation can experience the same joy you do.We did find...More

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AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your five star review, we are lucky to have passionate caring people on our crew, and it sounds like they rubbed that passion off on to you to get the same joy they experience each time they are out. We are glad...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a wonderful afternoon. We were lucky to have very calm waters, and spotted Bryde's whales (including a mother and calf..!), as well as three pods of dolphins who came up to us, with one swimming along with us for quite a while. It was...More

Thank icklenellierose
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your five star review, we are happy that you did not end up missing the trip, thanks to our dedicated staff, its sounds like it was an epic experience for you, one not to miss!. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 4 days ago

I've done this trip a few times, and I couldn't recommend it enough. On three separate tours, I managed to see Orca, Common Dolphin, Bryde's Whale and a variety of seabirds unique to the coast of New Zealand. The team on-board are extremely passionate and...More

Thank lukerschofield
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Luke, thank you for your five star review, its fantastic to hear that you have been out with our safari a few times and found each one interesting and the chance to see a variety of wildlife. Our crew are indeed passionate about what...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a fantastic time with a very friendly and knowledgable crew. The trip combined conservation messages and enjoyment so well and the sights and wildlife were superb!!

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Thank msollis
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your five star review, we are pleased that you had such a fantastic time, and that the crew were friendly and knowledgeable, the love what they do!. We do hope to see you on board again.

Reviewed 6 days ago

Well organised trip by professional crew team with expertise in marine biology and an infectious enthusiasm for the wildlife of the bay. They worked hard to make sure we had a good sighting of whale plus some dolphins and a shark.

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AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your five star review, I am pleased to hear the crew were being professional and showing an infectious enthusiasm for what they do, they are passionate about the wildlife and preservation of it. We hope to see you on board again.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a magnificent time on the tour. The captain and crew were extremely funny and knowledgable. The boat ride itself was very enjoyable, then we saw a ton of diving birds and about a thousand dolphins. The sights of the islands were incredible and I...More

Thank 283trippj
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your five star review, we are pleased that you had such a magnificent time on our safari tour and the high compliment you gave of our crew. We try our very best to give passengers a unique and well informed tour each...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the trip out on the Hauraki Gulf. The whales were away on the day I went. We did see common dolphins and a number of bird species. It was delightful seeing the dolphins with their young ones cruising along with the boat. The...More

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Thank DeniseP263
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Denise, we are pleased you had such a wonderful dolphin encounter, they are a delightful animals and they love to surf and play around our boat. The crew love to share their knowledge with passengers and I am always pleased to hear this feedback....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a great trip with a very professional team into the sea.Magnificent views and lovely watching of sea animals.Great chance while you are in Auckland to try this amazing trip.The team was so keen, very friendly, very professional and so helpful. Highly recommended

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Thank 720hassan
AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Hassan, I am pleased our team were professional, and friendly, they do love what they do!. The safari tour is an amazing experience indeed and we thank you for the high recommendation.

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Whales and dolphins are sighted regularly in our waters, while humpbacks pass through on their way to and from tropical breeding grounds in the South Pacific. While we try our best there are no guarantees to see whales, as... More
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