Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Experience the diverse wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Enjoy whale watching, dolphin encounters and an abundance of seabirds while learning from on-board experts and directly supporting our conservation efforts.


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Experience whales and dolphins along with the stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Our family-owned wildlife safari departs daily, directly from the Viaduct Harbour in central Auckland and offers outstanding whale watching, dolphin encounters and rare seabird spotting all year-round.

We offer much more than just whale and dolphin watching. Our research focused vessel allows our passengers to engage with University marine mammal researchers as well as our own fully qualified marine experts working to protect the whales, dolphins and marine environment. Each booking contributes directly to these important conservation efforts.

Experience Auckland’s whales and dolphins and learn how you directly support a better future.

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Physical address

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, New Zealand Maritime Museum, 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $190.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Family Pass (2x Adults + 2x Children): $480
Further pricing information:
Our Guarantee: We won’t refund money, but if you do not see any marine mammals, you can come again for free until you do. This complimentary voucher is valid regardless of how long it is until you visit us again and is not transferable. We see dolphins on over 90% of trips and whales over 50% of trips, so your odds are really good.
Cancellation policy:
Cancellations by the customer: You may cancel a booking up to 24 hours prior to departure without incurring a financial penalty. Cancellations within 24 hours of departure or ‘no show’s’ must pay a 100% cancellation fee. Cancellation by AWADS: For the safety of the passengers we reserve the right to cancel any trip due to wind, weather, or sea state. We will inform you of any cancellations before 10am. In the event of a cancellation we will refund passengers if they are unable to reschedule.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Approximately 30 minutes drive from Auckland Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
Numerous coach terminals are located close by (walking distance) in Auckland City
Proximity to town:
Trips depart direct from Viaduct Harbour, down-town Auckland city

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Opening times

Business hours:
Safari Departure Time: 1:30pm (please check-in at least 15 minutes prior)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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