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Address: 175 Quay Street | Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 508 365 744
13:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 13:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari make it easy to experience the...

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari make it easy to experience the astonishingly abundant wildlife of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Our 4.5 hour marine eco-safari offers guaranteed Whale and Dolphin viewing year-round, departing direct from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland.

But we offer so much more than just Whale and Dolphin watching. The privilege of operating daily within this world-class conservation area has inspired us to establish New Zealand's only research-based marine mammal experience. Working closely with the Department of Conservation and local Universities we successfully combine up-close and personal viewing of Whales, Dolphins and Sea-birds with important Marine Biology research conducted on-board. This allows passengers the chance to encounter, understand and above-all help protect this incredible resource of marine life.

There's no need to travel far to have a truly world-class wildlife adventure. With over one third of all the world’s marine-mammal species seen within the area the amazing Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is one of the best places on the entire planet to see whales and dolphins, and it’s right on Auckland’s doorstep!


• 4.5 hour Eco-cruise on Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

• GUARANTEED Marine Mammal viewing – or come back for free!

• Incredibly Convenient – departs 12:30 daily from the Viaduct Harbour, down-town Auckland City.

• Watch & Learn – Expert commentary and Interaction with our on-board Marine Research Scientists

• Highly Recommended - TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' 2013, 2014 & 2015

• Relaxed & Comfortable – 65ft luxury catamaran holds up to 100 people, with fully licensed cafe/bar.

• Perfect for Groups - Private charters, special group rates and catering options available.

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We got lucky .. very lucky. Calm seas, warm weather and little wind. We saw about 16 whales all up close and personal, a hammer head shark, and a pod of several hundred dolphins... read more

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Robert D
Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We got lucky .. very lucky. Calm seas, warm weather and little wind. We saw about 16 whales all up close and personal, a hammer head shark, and a pod of several hundred dolphins. Looked after very well by the crew and the skipper. You can buy a copy of photos crew take for NZ$20 off the boat. Only annoying... More 

Thank Robert D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Crew was very friendly to my little gal and exchanged a few facutal pointers on whales and dophins with her. My little gal was pretty impressed by their knowledge on the marine creatures and liked the cruise.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Highly recommended! The trip was excellent. We saw several whales and dozens of dolphins. Seeing the dolphins alone is already well worth the trip. Wonderful to know that they also help protecting the wildlife.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We didn't know what to expect from our whale watching cruise but it turned out wonderful. The staff is very friendly, the boat is comfortable and we saw lots of dolphins and whales close up plus a shark and a school of fish. I highly recommend this excursion.

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Middleton Cheney, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time on this trip, saw loads of Dolphins and five whales. We were really surprised at how close they came to the boat. The crew were all very welcoming and commentary was entertaining and informative. It is always a gamble when going on trips of this nature as you can never predict what you are going... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The sea was calm, the wind light, the sun warm, visibility forever! We set ourselves up in the bridge with our captain gracious and talkative -- not only explaining to the entire boat by on the PA system what was happening but also answering all our personal questions in between moments. We first sighted birds swooping and diving ahead, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw so many dolphins and several brydes whales too which was magical. The skipper and crew were friendly and knowledgeable. Would have liked more complimentary facilities for a journey of this length such as water/tea/coffee or afternoon tea. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would do it again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing experience!!! Yesterday I got to enjoy the whale and dolphin safari tour in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. It was incredible and a real lifetime experience. In adition to blue penguins and a large pod of common dolphins we were very lucky and got to see bryde whales in their natural environment. It was absolutely overwhelming when one... More 

Thank juljul88
Panipat, India
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

No Dolphin or Whale Sighting for the whole 4:30 hrs. Terrible experience. Shame you guys have no full refund (if now show) policy in place. No ones going to go back to that bumpy ride after a disappointment.

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

Hi Sumit, Thank you for your review. I see you went out on Safari on Saturday 26th November when unfortunately the sea conditions were much rougher than was forecast. Unfortunately rough seas do make it a lot harder for us to spot the wildlife. I checked out the sightings data the crew reported for this trip and we did actually... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Having had two weather-related cancellations, I was really happy to be able to get out on the trip on the last available day of my holiday. Unfortunately, the sea swell was more considerable than had been forecast, so we only saw a few whales from a distance and the dolphins stayed in the calmer deep condidtions. However, it was a... More 

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