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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Nature Cruise starting in Auckland and finishing in Auckland

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Tour Itinerary

Join our luxury 20m high speed catamaran, designed specifically for the New Zealand sea conditions. Be witness to the spectacular feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales and dolphins.

Probably we'll see large pods of dolphins playfully swimming around the boat. There is thrill in the process of following nature and with all its "unpredictableness". Wherever the whales and dolphins are, we aim to find them, whilst showing you some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.

The Hauraki Gulf off Auckland, is considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world with 22 species of marine mammal; over 60% of the southern hemisphere's entire marine mammal species have been seen in the Gulf, which is habitat for around 500-1000 marine mammals. With six years of continued scientific programs undertaken onboard our catamaran, our crew are probably New Zealand’s most experienced and knowledgeable.

Experience the Hauraki Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand !

Tour Inclusions
  • Every cruise is different but all include dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips,
  • Whales viewed on 75% of trips.
  • Commentary on the culture and history of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf
  • Vessel is Dolphin Explorer
  • Fully licensed bar & snacks available for purchase
Schedule & Duration
  • Frequency: Daily (weather permitting)
  • Departure Point: Voyager Maritime Museum Viaduct Harbour, Quay St, Downtown Auckland
  • Departure / Return Time:
    12.30pm - 5.00pm (Jul 2017 - Sep 2017)
    1.30pm - 6.00pm (Oct 2017 - Nov 2017)
    9.00am - 1.30pm & 2.30pm - 7.00pm (Dec 2017 - Apr 2018)
    12.30pm - 5.00pm (May 2018 - Sep 2018)
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Closed: Christmas Day
Important Information
  • 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
General Information
  • 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
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  • Maximum passengers is 100
  • Experienced crew providing full commentary
  • A modern fleet of luxury craft specifically designed for cruising around New Zealand
Enhance Your Visit To New Zealand

If you are joining one of our independent coach tours, escorted coach tours, short break holidays or self drive tours and have a free day or two, why not add the 'Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari' to your New Zealand itinerary?

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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari Reviews

Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 9 Reviews. Average Rating 4.3 of 5.

  • 4I had a fantastic time with the tour, the staff and the boat! Although it was cold and windy and rainy at times, we managed to find a few pods of very beautiful and playful dolphins and lots of seabirds diving for fish! The weather too offered beautiful photography opportunities. No whales but thanks to the free voucher I got, I sure will be back next time in town! Thanks :-)

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    - 23/07/2017
  • 5The crew was highly knowledgeable on the relative habits of birds to locate the likely presence of whale and dolphins. As a result the whale watch was successful and very enjoyable.

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    - 18/01/2017
  • 3Unfortunately we did not see one dolphin or whale on the trip. We did see a lot of birds. Apparently this is extremely unusual and it was the first time this year and also for some months. The crew were most professional and handled our disappointment as best as they could. We all got a voucher for a free tour (valid indefinitely) so if I ever come back I will try again.

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    - 02/02/2015
  • 2Did not get to see the expected animals and was given a return voucher. Instead of giving out a return voucher, it should have been a refund as I would not know if I were to return back to Auckland again. More over, there is no guarantee that the company will run forever.

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    - 15/06/2014
  • 5Absolutely amazing trip, would not hesitate in recommending to others. Really friendly and knowledgeable crew, and we saw hundreds (literally) of dolphins, plus a whale with her baby too. Lots of birds also spotted, and great to get out further from the Auckland base and see some of the smaller islands. I even got to drive the boat!

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    - 13/11/2013
  • 5Fantastic Tour!!! We had good luck that day- saw both dophins and whalea. A lot of fun!

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    - 09/11/2012
  • 5The Whale & Dolphin safari was great, even though the weather was quite breezy. Unfortunately, we couldn't hear the captain's explanations over the speaker system, but the whale and dolphin sightings made up for that.

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    - 20/10/2012
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  • 5The whale and dolphin tour was awesome. We got to see both whales and dolphins just like advertised. My pictures turned out amazing and my friends were all amazed at how my pictures turned out. Great crew and very knowledgeable! Would do this again and would recommend it to friends.

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    - 07/07/2012
  • 5Excellent tour with nice people genuinely interested in what the are doing. We rarely do organised tours but not having a boat with us kinda meant we couldnt 'do it ourselves'! So well worth it and a very very nice experience.

    - 16/10/2011