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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

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175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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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 coves. 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 our high-tech boat and enjoy an expert education from our friendly crew. Every passenger contributes to these important research and conservation efforts, just by coming on board. *4.5 hr eco-adventure in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park *GUARANTEED marine mammal viewing – or come back for free! *Every ticket helps contribute directly to marine mammal conservation *Watch & learn – expert commentary & interaction with our on-board marine research scientists. *Incredibly convenient – departs daily from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland city.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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"marine life"
in 25 reviews
"knowledgeable crew"
in 12 reviews
"common dolphins"
in 8 reviews
"dolphins swimming"
in 6 reviews
"hauraki gulf"
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"see whales"
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"killer whales"
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"informative trip"
in 5 reviews
"fantastic trip"
in 9 reviews
"amazing animals"
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"amazing experience"
in 14 reviews
"great afternoon"
in 10 reviews
"recommend this trip"
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"sea birds"
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"boat trip"
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"spend an afternoon"
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"lots of fun"
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Reviewed today

The team are all so friendly and accommodating. We have a 7 month old baby and they couldn’t have made the trip more smooth for us! Was an incredible day out!

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Reviewed yesterday

We have 3 kids between 7 and 10 and they all loved it! Saw 2 different whales on the trip and a couple of dolphins. Everyone was very friendly. We will be back.

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Reviewed yesterday

It took a while to find the animals but it was worth it! Beautiful whales and dolphins, we even saw a rare pigmy blue whale. The crew were fantastic and very attentive. I would love to go again.

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Reviewed yesterday

We had the best time, and this trip is a total must do for anyone who lives or visits Auckland! We took our 3 and half year old and nearly 2 year old, and the crew were great with them - our daughter even had...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Crew were fantastic and made sure everyone was safe when the waves started getting bumpy and we were trying to watch the whale. Lots of care and attention to all passengers and a great day having seen a whale and dolphins!

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Magical. Unbelievable. Informative. Breathtaking. Great value for money. A definite for all kiwis and visitor's to experience

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I've done this trip 4 times niw and take my family and friends on it when they visit from abroad. We've seen at least one whales and hundreds of dolphins every time and the amazing feeling doesn't wear out.More

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AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Dave, it's so great to receive such positive feedback like this. We do work really hard to provide an amazing experience for our passengers and it's reviews like yours that keep our crew buzzing (along withe the whales and dolphins of course)! Thanks...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew were really enthusiastic about the whole thing, they were spot on with finding the dolphins, amazing sights to see, definitely coming back for another go.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip is amazing to hop on a boat in down town Auckland and two hours later to be watching a 7 tonne whale - FANTASTIC

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Viki L
4 July 2018|
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Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi Viki. We are very lucky to have the Bryde's whales living in the Hauraki Gulf year-round. The cooler months are the absolute best time of year to see them, as they tend to come in closer and be far more active. The past... More
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Abhay B
30 March 2018|
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Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi Abhay, Yes we allow children of all ages aboard. We do ask that all children are closely supervised at all times. Look forward to seeing you on safari.
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Sabasabatan
26 October 2017|
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Response from AKLWhale | Property representative |
Hi there, Thanks for your question. Mid December through to mid March is typically our busiest time of year. The great news however is that we are launching a second daily safari this Summer, which should mean a lot more... More
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