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Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
  • 4.5-hour whale and dolphin watching cruise, from Auckland
  • Ride aboard a custom-built luxury catamaran for a superb viewing experience
  • Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and as many as six types of whales
  • Observe gannets that hunt by plunging into the water at speeds of up to 87 mph (140 kmh)
  • Listen to entertaining and informative commentary provided by your captain and crew
  • Departs from the Viaduct Harbour, conveniently located in downtown Auckland
Meet the boat crew at the New Zealand Maritime Museum at Viaduct Harbour, and depart aboard a custom-built 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, comfortably appointed so you can best view up to six types of whales as well as dolphins and other marine life.
Throughout your 4.5-hour cruise, the captain and guides entertain you with fascinating facts about the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, home to five marine preserves and sprinkled with islands — it's considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine parks and home to some 23 different species.
Hear about research conducted in partnerships with local marine scientists and discover which whales the crew tracks. They’ll point out sea mammals such as frequently spotted pods of bottlenose dolphins and Bryde’s whales, native to New Zealand.
Be ready to snap photos of adorable blue penguins. Set your binoculars upon seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels, shearwaters and white-fronted terns soaring above or plunging into the sea.
Afterward, the boat returns to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, where your tour ends.
Please note: While wildlife viewings cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often swimming around these waters. In the event that you do not see any marine mammals during your trip, you can go again another day at no extra charge.


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, Mar 2018

Only 3 stars as we did not see any whales and very few dolphins - Nice boat ride, knowledgeable and accommodating crew, but disappointing that we did not see more. We were given a free ride coupon to come back again, but am not planning on visiting Auckland again.

, Feb 2018

Great trip. Crew knowledgable and very helpful and nice. Great trip would recommend and do a again.

, Feb 2018

Unfortunately, we spotted only two pods of dolphins after about 3 hours at sea. We received a voucher that allows us to come back again - whether or not we will be able to use that voucher is debatable, as we live in the UK and we were only in Auckland for a couple of days. The crew were very good and the boat was clean and comfortable.

, Jan 2018

Amazing trip where we saw plenty of dolphin swimming with boat. Managed to see two whales even if on the day they were not friendly enough to come over to the boat. Great boat and crew and had excellent weather

, Nov 2017

An enjoyable tour

, Nov 2017

We saw so many dolphins and we were lucky enough to spot a whale as well. It is a long trip to and from and I would suggest taking snacks. We were pretty hungry by the end. They do have a small snack selection, but not enough for what we wanted. Overall though it was amazin.

, Jun 2017

Very nice trip, no whales on our day but lots of dolphins and a few blue penguins. The captain tried very hard to find whales, extending the trip a bit. Very enjoyable day!

, May 2017

Great tour.

, Apr 2017

The crew was polite and knowledgeable. We did not see whales, but we did see some dolphins. The captain tried very hard to find whales, but to no avail. We did receive vouchers to use another day. The vouchers have no expiration date so they can be used on another trip.

, Mar 2017

Sadly no whales on our trip but hundreds of beautiful Dolphins, some penguins and wonderful bird life. The trip was fantastic and worth every penny. There was an informed and engaging commentary at appropriate moments and the boat's crew made every effort to make the trip an enjoyable one. One can't blame the crew for the ignorance of some of the passengers who blocked the view of many folks and seemed to be under the impression that the trip was solely for their benefit. Nevertheless, this cruise is highly recommended. Even without an appearance from passing whales the cruise is fabulous.

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