Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise

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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Eco-Safari Cruise
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Look for whales, dolphins and seabirds in the pristine waters of Hauraki Gulf just a short boat ride from Auckland city's Viaduct Harbour. Learn from experts on board working to protect these precious creatures and their fragile home.  As an active marine-mammal research vessel every passenger contributes to important conservation efforts, just by coming on board.
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In Brief

Location:
Auckland, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
4 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
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New Zealand’s most interactive whale and dolphin watching experience
An incredible eco safari direct from downtown Auckland. If you’ve always wanted to go whale watching, our 4.5-hour safari features breathtaking encounters with New Zealand marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins, seals, rare seabirds and more!Make close-up discoveries and enjoy experiences with our diverse marine wildlife in the stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Enjoy unique and special moments with our wildlife and capture photos of rare birds, marine mammals and amazing island views during your personal encounters.

Stop At:

• New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1140 New Zealand
• Viaduct Harbour Ave, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
• Auckland Harbour Bridge, Curran St, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
• Rangitoto Island, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
• Waitemata Harbour, Auckland New Zealand
• Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
• Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, 175 Quay Street Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
• Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland New Zealand
• Motutapu Island, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
• Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
• North Head Historic Reserve, Takarunga Rd. Devonport, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
• Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Central, Auckland 1081 New Zealand

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 Point

175 Quay St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Returns To

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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

A wonderful afternoon on a beautiful sunny day which added to the fabulous experience. The crew were knowledgeable and friendly. If you do nothing else in Auckland I recommend this as a must do.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2019
This was a very well run and successful expedition. We did not see a whale but encountered many dolphins who filled the boat closely and amazed the passengers with their playful exploits.
• Submitted 08 Nov 2019
Great trip. Crew knowledgable and very helpful and nice. Great trip would recommend and do a again.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Amazing trip where we saw plenty of dolphin swimming with boat. Managed to see two whales even if on the day they were not friendly enough to come over to the boat. Great boat and crew and had excellent weather
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
We saw so many dolphins and we were lucky enough to spot a whale as well. It is a long trip to and from and I would suggest taking snacks. We were pretty hungry by the end. They do have a small snack selection, but not enough for what we wanted. Overall though it was amazin.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2017
Very nice trip, no whales on our day but lots of dolphins and a few blue penguins. The captain tried very hard to find whales, extending the trip a bit. Very enjoyable day!
• Submitted 20 Jun 2017
Great tour.
• Submitted 31 May 2017
The crew was polite and knowledgeable. We did not see whales, but we did see some dolphins. The captain tried very hard to find whales, but to no avail. We did receive vouchers to use another day. The vouchers have no expiration date so they can be used on another trip.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2017
Sadly no whales on our trip but hundreds of beautiful Dolphins, some penguins and wonderful bird life. The trip was fantastic and worth every penny. There was an informed and engaging commentary at appropriate moments and the boat's crew made every effort to make the trip an enjoyable one. One can't blame the crew for the ignorance of some of the passengers who blocked the view of many folks and seemed to be under the impression that the trip was solely for their benefit. Nevertheless, this cruise is highly recommended. Even without an appearance from passing whales the cruise is fabulous.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2017
Front Deck, the place to be! Although it's guarantee that you'd get wet, it's worth it for the up close views, but please do alternate around for others to see too.
• Submitted 01 Mar 2017
Once in a lifetime experience and great commentary!
• Submitted 02 Feb 2017
Amazing!!!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2017
Brilliant . 16 whales seen and up close to the boat. Also saw a hammerhead shark and a pod of maybe 2-300 dolphins. Boat had about 100 people on board but plenty of room to watch from and the skipper moved the boat around as well. Worth every penny.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
Brilliant . 16 whales seen and up close to the boat. Also saw a hammerhead shark and a pod of maybe 2-300 dolphins. Boat had about 100 people on board but plenty of room to watch from and the skipper moved the boat around as well. Worth every penny.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
One of the best trips we took in New Zealand. We got so much information, saw many, many dophins on our cruise as well. The staff was wonderful, helpful, fun. Just great.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2016
We went on this whale watching cruise on the 8th October 2016. All the crew were very nice and seemed to really know their stuff. The commentator had a sense of humour too which was great. We didn't see any whales but we did see a pod of 800-1000 dolphins which was incredible!! Was definitely a great experience.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
This trip was fantastic in all respects. The dolphin experience was best ever, and I have been on many whale and dolphin trips around the world previously. Seeing the whales was also wonderful, with the whales coming towards us rather than being wary of us. Great crew, good taking advantage of captive audience to get the environmental messages across. Would not only recommend it highly, but would do the trip again on next visit to Auckland.
• Submitted 08 Oct 2016
The captain was an excellent commentator who extended the trip so that we could see two whales.
• Submitted 28 Aug 2016
I heard of Viator through the Five Hundy by Midnight podcast. They raved about the quality of your tours, so I thought I would give it a try. I was blown away by this tour! The crew of the ship, were professional, cordial and guaranteed we would see Dolphins. And boy did we ever. I was awestruck by the number of dolphins we were surrounded by. There must have been 500 of them all around the boat. Fantastic tour. I would take this tour again if I was ever back in the area.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2016
Great trip...we only saw dolphins but they honored their promise to a free cruise any other day to see whales...great staff and captain!! Highly recommend as it was great fun for the whole family
• Submitted 05 Jul 2016
Skip and his crew were very professional and informative. We saw hundreds of dolphins and penguins. We were told and taught many interesting facts about the ocean and the waters surrounding NZ. Skip and his crew were great at tracking where we would see the marine life. Sadly, Curious George, the whale, did not visit us. But Skip gave everyone on board a free life time pass to return to try to see Curious George.
• Submitted 24 Mar 2016
great seeing the dolphins
• Submitted 23 Mar 2016
Great experience! The crew on he boat were informative, friendly, and fun. We saw tons of dolphins, some penguin, and birds but no whales. As a result they issues everyone on the boat a free voucher to come back to try and see whales.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2016
The trip was fantastic, we saw dolphins........but not enough to please the skipper, so we now have a lifelong voucher to go again. A very nice touch. Thank you.
• Submitted 26 Jan 2016

In Brief

Location:
Auckland, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
4 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily

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