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Embark on a whale and dolphin safari adventure in Auckland
Enjoy a 4.5-hour whale and dolphin watching cruise
Snap beautiful pictures of the adorable blue penguins
See seabirds like petrels, shear-waters, Australasian gannets, and white-fronted terns flying above or plunging to the sea.
Good for: Nature Enthusiasts, Fun-loving Families

What You’ll Experience

Get ready to start an adventure to see the majestic whales and dolphins with this Whale & Dolphin Safari in Auckland! Embark on a 4.5-hour cruise down the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Keep an eye out on sea mammals that will swim by to say hi! See the frequently spotted pods of bottlenose dolphins and Bryde's whales, that are native to New Zealand.

Get entertaining and informative commentary from our captain and crew and also hear about the research conducted in partnerships with local marine scientists. Be ready to take out your camera and snap beautiful pictures of the adorable blue penguins! Not only that, use your binoculars to see seabirds like petrels, shear-waters, Australasian gannets, and white-fronted terns flying above or plunging to the sea.

Location Details
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, 175 Quay St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
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Duration and Time:
Duration - 4.5 hours
Operates all year around, except Christmas Day. The boat may from time to time be out for scheduled maintenance.
Departs at 09:00 and 14:30 daily from the Viaduct Harbour, down-town Auckland city

Viaduct Harbour is located at the western end (left as you are looking at the water) of n down-town Auckland. Upon arrival by foot you will need to look for the Voyager Maritime Museum entrance on your right.

What to Bring:
Warm clothes
Shower-proof jacket
Sun hat & sunscreen
Personal medication (if required)
Sea - sickness medication (should be taken prior to trip)

There are a number of car park buildings close to Viaduct Harbour. The closest is ‘Downtown Car Park,’ which is situated at 31 Customs St West, Auckland. It’s only a quick 5 minute walk from the departure point. Car parks rates are $15 for up to 5 hours, and a $17 maximum daily fee.

Additional Information:
- Weather
Unfortunately we are completely weather dependent and do on occasion have to cancel our Safari due to rough sea conditions. This is usually due to the wind (the Whales and Dolphins don't mind the rain) and is made completely with the comfort and safety of our passengers in mind.
If we do have to cancel the call is made as close to 09:00 as possible. Our reservations team then start contacting all passengers with the aim of contacting everyone before 10:00. Please ensure that at the time of booking, you mention a phone number that you will be contactable on in New Zealand. If you are unable to reschedule, a full refund will be made available.
- Marine-mammal Guarantee
We are extremely fortunate to enjoy resident populations of both Whales and Dolphins year-round. After almost 15 years of heading out to the Hauraki the crew are also pretty good at spotting them! We see Whales on around 80% of trips and Dolphins on close to 95% of trips, so the chances of not seeing anything are pretty low (but it does sometimes happen). We're so confident with our viewing rates that we GUARANTEE that you will see either Whales or Dolphins, or you can come out again for free until you do. This offer has no expiry date, so if you are leaving the country the next day you can still use the voucher next time you visit NZ, no matter how long later it is (our record is 13 years!) We are dedicated to offering an extremely good value-for-money experience and even if we do see some mammals but our Skipper isn't happy with the level of interaction we will still issue everyone complimentary vouchers to come back again for free - we'd prefer to make sure everyone gets to spend quality time with these awesome creatures!

Booking Information:
- Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
- Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
- Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction.
- For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari open?
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari open at 09:00-19:00. For more information on operational days and hours, please find more on this page.
Where is the details location of Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari?
Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari is located at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, 175 Quay St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand. Visit this page for guidance on how to get to Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari.
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  • Monday: 09:00 - 19:00
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