Whale and Dolphin Safari

Experience the diverse and abundant wildlife of the scenic Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari, an incredible eco cruise direct from downtown Auckland.
Set off from the Viaduct Harbour for an afternoon of incredible encounters with wild marine life including whales, dolphins and rare seabirds. 

Your Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour

Enjoy views of famous Auckland landmarks like the iconic Harbour Bridge, North Head and Devonport, and volcanic Rangitoto Island as you cruise out into the Hauraki Gulf, keeping an eye out for orca and dolphins.  

Expansive viewing decks make for mesmerising encounters with all kinds of marine life. Keep your camera handy  on any given day your safari could spot Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, pygmy blue whales, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles and a wide range of seabirds, including the little blue penguin. 

Expert crew will share their knowledge of these fascinating creatures and their fragile ecosystem, while onboard research scientists conduct biological studies and collect data to help protect the Gulf and its inhabitants. 

Your 4.5-hour safari takes place on board a 65-foot (20-metre) catamaran with everything you need to watch for whales and dolphins in comfort, including a licensed café and bar on board.

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari Info

Tours depart at 1.30pm. Please check in at least 15 minutes before departure at the desk inside the New Zealand Maritime Museum, 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour.

Your ticket can be used up to 24 hours after your bus pass expires. Show your Explorer Bus pass at the check-in desk to receive your tickets.

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari website


Add a whale and dolphin safari tour to your Auckland Explorer Bus pass and save!

24 Hour Pass
Explorer Bus
+ Whale & Dolphin Safari
(saving $25)
(saving $15)
Stop Info
New Zealand Maritime Museum, 175 Quay St, Viaduct Harbour
Cruise Hours
1.30-6pm daily (check-in closes 15 minutes before departure)
Available on board

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