Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari...


14 Rankers Reviews

12 Face-to-Face

4 Whale Watching

12 Dolphin Watching

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Whales are seen on an incredible 75% of trips!
Dolphins on almost every trip (93%), those are good odds!
The 'Dolphin Explorer' - 20 meter purpose-built PowerCat
Up close and personal with the Hauraki Gulf locals


The Whale and Dolphin Safari of a lifetime is available right here in Auckland. Encounter whales and dolphins in their natural environment guaranteed. Daily departures from the Auckland Viaduct.

Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari takes you out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf - considered one the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world. Over 22 species of whales & dolphins have been seen in the Gulf. We have encountered marine mammals on well over 90% of our trips, the highest success rate of any marine mammal operation in NZ. The experienced crew ensure the most comfortable and informative day possible is provided onboard the luxury 20m power catamaran. Departs daily from the Viaduct Harbour in down-town Auckland city.


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Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari

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North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland


  • Whale Watching
  • Dolphin Watching


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Christian Reimund


Ranking: 8/10

The dolphins were so close to the boat. Amazing.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

I really enjoyed this fantastic trip, where we were lucky enough to be a very small group and to see lots of dolphins and even one whale + calf despite difficult weather conditions.
The boat is great for whale watching, as it's a catamaran and you can stand right at the tip of the boat (if you're not afraid of getting wet) and have the dolphins swimming literally all around you.
I'm also a bird enthiusiast and the birding was great - lots of sea birds and a very knowledgeable captain.
Only reason for not getting a 10/10 from me : the price is rather expensive.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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mr Schumader


Ranking: 8/10

Good organisation. Nice guides. Many information about dolphins. But we only saw one baby dolphin and it was not allowed to swim with them..

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Shirley C

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Unable to book swim due to ocean conditions. So wet as a sightseer only. Heavy seas so nobody able to swim as cold not fun/dophins - full money paid back.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Charlotte Therland


Ranking: 10/10

Got the kids up front to see all the dolphins.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Marc's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Nice afternoon out on the sea with heaps of dolphins, but no whales! No guarantee for whales apparently, but still very informative and relaxed.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Good staff, funny captain. He even let me steer the boat :)

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

We saw many dolphins, unfortunately no whales.

Reviewed over 12 years ago