Whale & Dolphin Conservation Experience
Whale & Dolphin Conservation Experience
Conveniently departing from the Viaduct Basin in central Auckland, jump aboard our 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 our 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 our 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. There is also the opportunity to participate in an optional research presentation for those who are interested in learning even more.
Once back into the viaduct harbour it’s a quick disembark, thank you and the best wishes from the 'Dolphin Explorer' crew.
|Tour Type:||Cruises & Sailing Adventures|
|From:||Auckland to Auckland|
|Price:||From (NZD) $180 per person|
|4.5hr total time (minimum 4x hours on water)|
|Guaranteed marine-mammal viewing (or come back for free)|
|Commentary on the culture and history of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf|
|Vessel is Dolphin Explorer|
|Fully licensed bar & snacks available for purchase|
Whale & dolphin watching aboard New Zealand’s leading marine conservation experience.
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.
Schedule & Duration
- Frequency: Daily (weather permitting)
- Departure Point: Voyager Maritime Museum Viaduct Harbour, Quay St, Downtown Auckland
- Departure / Return Time:
8.00am – 12.30pm (November – February, Summer Months)
1.30pm – 6.00pm (Daily)
- Duration: 4.5 hours
- Closed: Christmas Day
- This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
- Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher
- In winter months we advise dressing warmly – jackets and warm clothes recommended
- No wheelchair access is available on the boat. Anyone with physical disabilities that require human intervention must be accompanied by their caregivers/support people.
- There is a toilet located on board
- A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
- Maximum passengers is 100
- Experienced crew providing full commentary
- A modern fleet of luxury craft specifically designed for cruising around New Zealand
There are 9 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.3 out of 5.
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Conveniently departing from the Viaduct Basin in central Auckland, jump aboard our 65ft (20-mtr) catamaran the 'Dolphin Explorer' and take in the sigh... Read More
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