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Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari: Eco-tour in Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city and discover the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – visited by a staggering one third of all the types of marine mammals found on earth.  Departing directly from the Viaduct Harbour in downtown Auckland City, be welcomed aboard our 20 metre, purpose-built vessel ‘Dolphin Explorer’ for an unforgettable marine mammal eco-safari out on the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Learn from our marine researchers and friendly crew on board and be inspired by the research conducted alongside you. Share mesmerising encounters and capture up-close photos of rare birds, marine mammals and spectacular island views.

• 4 hour eco-cruise on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, including guaranteed whale and dolphin viewing – or you get a free trip on us!

• Friendly, knowledgeable guides.

• Commentary on the culture and history of the Hauraki Gulf.

• Licensed bar with snacks available for purchase.


1 day

    • 4 hour eco-tour with expert commentary
  • Day 1 : Seasonal Departure Times
    Year-round: 1:30 - 6:00pm (check-in closes 1:15) Peak Summer Season: 8:00am - 12:30pm (Check-in closes 7:45) and 1:30 - 6:00pm (Check-in closes 1:15)
    Meals :None

  • Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

    New Zealand Maritime Museum,

    175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour


    Tours depart daily from the Viaduct Harbour in downtown Auckland City. The dolphins don’t wait around so we ask that all passengers please check in at New Zealand Maritime Museum no later than 20 minutes prior to departure. One of our friendly guides will then lead you on the short walk to board.

    Departure Times:
    Year-round:  1:30 - 6:00pm
    Peak Summer:  8:00am - 12:30pm & 1:30 - 6:00pm

    Directions:  Viaduct Harbour is located at the western end (left if you are facing the water) of Quay Street in downtown Auckland. Upon arrival, you will need to look out for the New Zealand Maritime Museum entrance to your right immediately after the large ‘KZ1’ yacht.

    Things to bring:  Warm clothes, shower-proof jacket, sun hat & sunscreen, camera, binoculars, personal medication (if required), and sea-sickness medication (should be taken prior to trip).

    Available on board:  We have a small range of snacks and food onboard, including water, juice, soft-drinks and beer & wine are available for purchase. Please do not bring your own alcohol on board. 

    Restrictions:  Unfortunately this trip is not suitable for heavily pregnant women. There is also limited wheelchair access available on the boat, though we may be able to accommodate wheelchair bound people under certain circumstances. Anyone with physical disabilities that require human intervention must be accompanied by their caregivers/support people. Children under 5 years old are only suitable for the trip in reasonably calm conditions and only if closely supervised by a parent or caregiver.



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Organised by Auckland Dolphin and Whale Safari 2005

Activity ID: W-15517

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