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Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and travel aboard Dolphin Explorer into the expansive and rich Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Dolphins are viewed on over 90% of our trips and whales viewed on 75%.

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is a biologically and geographically diverse maritime national park with over 25 of the 37 southern hemisphere marine mammals have been identified here. Making up almost a third of the world's population of species!!!

Experience all this from the most comfortable and stable purpose built whale watching vessel in New Zealand, the Dolphin Explorer, which is specifically designed for the sea conditions in this area.

This 4.5 hour marine eco-safari is the best way to explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and will be the highlight of your trip to Auckland.

With over 13 years experience in eco-safaris, we pride ourselves upon being one of the top Auckland tourist attractions.

What's more, we guarantee you will see whales or dolphins in their natural habitat and if you don't, your next trip is absolutely free!


A real New Zealand "must do" activity right here in Auckland!


Prices:

  • Adult $160
  • Child $105
  • Family Pass $399 - 2 full adults and 2 children SAVE $131! Please select the family pass option from the inventory grid below. Additional child fares to the family pass can be purchased for $65 per child.
  • Duration: 4.5 hours

    Departures: Daily and direct from the Viaduct Harbour in downtown Auckland

    Please Note: Extra full priced tickets, if required, may be purchased as you proceed to checkout


    Available Bookings from June 24 to June 30

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    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Joy Lui from New Zealand wrote on 27 November 2015

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    Amazing

    We saw lots of dolphins and circled by whales. Crews were funny and helpful. This is something I would want to come back and experience again.

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    Melinda Boyes from New Zealand wrote on 18 August 2016

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    A dream come true!!

    I chose the most sublime day to do this safari and wow what a day it was. I knew I would never be guaranteed to see mammals ,Iike orca & whales and would have been more than happy to see Dolphins. Well we saw 2 pods of orca, a brydes whale & many Dolphins! The safari was very well organised & all the crew went out of their way to find us as many marine mammals as possible which even meant we were back a bit late! A lot of information is given out through the trip too. There are a nice number of passengers which meant there was plenty of room for viewing. I really want to go again soon & will definitely recommend. Just the best day!

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    Karalee Squire from New Zealand wrote on 12 September 2016

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    11 Sept

    Awesome. Great weather not that anyone can pick that. Spent a lot of time before we found dolphins so got a voucher to go again. Much appreciated. Kept well informed.

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    Mark Kitchingnan from New Zealand wrote on 28 August 2014

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    Explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

    Who would have thought that Aucklanders share their surroundings with so many dolphins, and endangered whales! AWADS was a fantastic way of realizing how beautiful the Hauraki Gulf really is, and it certainly encouraged me to try and be a more comassionate human being. The staff were in their element and thtey were great hosts, the boat was very stable for any Hauraki weather conditions, and the wildlife were abundant. Thank you guys for an enjoyable day on the water.

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    Natalie McCallum from United Kingdom wrote on 14 May 2017

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    Great day

    We had a great time on board and saw two small pods of common dolphins. Crew didn't think this was good enough so was given a lifetime voucher to come back. We was happy to see the dolphins and really enjoyed getting to know all about the mammals on the gulf!

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