Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise - Reviews

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Michael John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 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

Holly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 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.

Brenda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 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!

Lyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Great tour.

Laurie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 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.

Alan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 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.

Chocolatte United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Front Deck, the place to be!
Although it's guarantee that you'd get wet, it's worth it for the up close views, but please do alternate around for others to see too.

Nuo Si L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Once in a lifetime experience and great commentary!

Tone4ka_92

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Amazing!!!

Robert United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

Brilliant . 16 whales seen and up close to the boat. Also saw a hammerhead shark and a pod of maybe 2-300 dolphins. Boat had about 100 people on board but plenty of room to watch from and the skipper moved the boat around as well. Worth every penny.

Robert United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

Brilliant . 16 whales seen and up close to the boat. Also saw a hammerhead shark and a pod of maybe 2-300 dolphins. Boat had about 100 people on board but plenty of room to watch from and the skipper moved the boat around as well. Worth every penny.

Margaret Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

One of the best trips we took in New Zealand. We got so much information, saw many, many dophins on our cruise as well. The staff was wonderful, helpful, fun. Just great.

Benjamin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

We went on this whale watching cruise on the 8th October 2016. All the crew were very nice and seemed to really know their stuff. The commentator had a sense of humour too which was great. We didn't see any whales but we did see a pod of 800-1000 dolphins which was incredible!! Was definitely a great experience.

Irene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

This trip was fantastic in all respects. The dolphin experience was best ever, and I have been on many whale and dolphin trips around the world previously. Seeing the whales was also wonderful, with the whales coming towards us rather than being wary of us. Great crew, good taking advantage of captive audience to get the environmental messages across. Would not only recommend it highly, but would do the trip again on next visit to Auckland.

Corowa Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

The captain was an excellent commentator who extended the trip so that we could see two whales.

ksorckoff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Great trip...we only saw dolphins but they honored their promise to a free cruise any other day to see whales...great staff and captain!! Highly recommend as it was great fun for the whole family

djnightside

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

I heard of Viator through the Five Hundy by Midnight podcast. They raved about the quality of your tours, so I thought I would give it a try. I was blown away by this tour! The crew of the ship, were professional, cordial and guaranteed we would see Dolphins. And boy did we ever. I was awestruck by the number of dolphins we were surrounded by. There must have been 500 of them all around the boat. Fantastic tour. I would take this tour again if I was ever back in the area.

Chris N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Skip and his crew were very professional and informative. We saw hundreds of dolphins and penguins. We were told and taught many interesting facts about the ocean and the waters surrounding NZ. Skip and his crew were great at tracking where we would see the marine life. Sadly, Curious George, the whale, did not visit us. But Skip gave everyone on board a free life time pass to return to try to see Curious George.

vicki28uk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

great seeing the dolphins

Randy B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Great experience! The crew on he boat were informative, friendly, and fun. We saw tons of dolphins, some penguin, and birds but no whales. As a result they issues everyone on the boat a free voucher to come back to try and see whales.

Jim D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

The trip was fantastic, we saw dolphins........but not enough to please the skipper, so we now have a lifelong voucher to go again.
A very nice touch.
Thank you.

grace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

A well worth touring, we see several whales, very big one, swimming elegantly in the ocean. And hundres of dolphines.

Daphne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Brilliant, no whales but hundreds of Dolphins. Crew were knowledgable and looked after everyone well. Only problem I had was that Viator had booked me under a name I had never heard of even though my voucher had the correct name.

Beverley P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2015

Fantastic! We had a wonderful afternoon on board the whale and dolphin safari boat. We didn't see whales but did see a pod of over 200 dolphins swimming under and around our boat. The dolphins herd the fish into a ball underwater and then the Gannets hundreds of them are also there feeding and dive bombing for fish. We felt like we were on a National Geographic excursion. This trip was a top highlight of our trip to Auckland. Professional staff and crew and very friendly and informative. Lots of time to take pictures and take in the wonderful scenery. A most pleasant and relaxing excursion. Viator was a great way to book.

Hannah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

I would recommend to anyone, the crew are incredibly helpful and knowledgable. They are great when it comes to tracking and really know what they what they are doing, we saw byrdes whales and common dolphins as well as feeding frenzies. They dont harass the animals and teach you about the ocean.

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