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Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari - A New Zealand 'must do"'activity right here in Auckland!

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari - A New Zealand 'must do"'activity right here in Auckland!


  • 4.5 hour sea safari on Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
  • GUARANTEED Marine Mammal viewing or you can come back FREE!
  • Incredibly Convenient - departs daily from the Viaduct Harbour in downtown Auckland.
  • Watch & Learn - Expert commentary/Interaction with our on-board Marine Research Scientists.
  • Highly Recommended - TripAdvisor 'Certificate of Excellence' 2013 - 2017
  • Relaxed & Comfortable – 65ft (20 meter) luxury boat holds up to 100 people, with fully licensed café/bar

Share our unique sea safari - unforgettable from the moment you leave our central city wharf!

Spend 4.5 hours experiencing the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

Connect with an abundance of rare marine mammals, birds and stunning island scenery.

It’s your chance to adventure into the wild - every safari is a fresh opportunity to find, track and learn more about Auckland’s marine life.

You’ll also get to learn from the marine researchers on board working to protect the whales, dolphins and their fragile home.

Be inspired by the research conducted alongside you on our comfortable high-tech boat and enjoy an expert education from the crew about whales, dolphins and our other marine wildlife.

Join us on our family-owned mission to save Auckland’s whales and dolphins into the future!

Adult $165.00 (Adult)
Child $109.00 (Child 14 & Under)
Family $399.00 (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Extra Child $75.00 (Extra Child (14 & Under) must be booked with a Family Pass to be valid.)


  • 4.5 Hours



  • Not suitable for heavily pregnant women. No wheelchair access is available on the boat. Anyone with physical disabilities that require human intervention must be accompanied by their caregivers/support people. Children under 5yrs are suitable for the trip only if CLOSELY supervised by a parent..

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Departures & location: Daily and direct from the Viaduct Harbour in downtown Auckland.

  • Child price applies to ages 14 years and under

    Family pass includes 2 adults and up to 2 children.

Available Bookings from 2 Mar to 15 Mar 2024

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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helenrw from New Zealand wrote on 11 May 2022

great time had by all

unfortunately we did not see much sealife when we went out but we still had a really good time and appreciated the effort that staff went to to make the event educational and enjoyable. We look forward to using our 'free' tickets in the future and hopefully next time will see more wildlife! Would recommend as a fun activity in Auckland and especially when using bookme to get discounted price.

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Anne Pretorius from New Zealand wrote on 19 April 2022

Lots and lots of dolphins

I think the only improvement you could think about making would be to include a $15 surcharge and give everyone a cuppa / coffee / coke and a muffin. It was midday before we saw our first dolphin and after that we couldn't tear ourselves away to sort out out something to eat / drink. So having had a cuppa at the cafe opposite the marina at 10.00am and not getting back until 3.30 - we were somewhat hungry and thirsty. Do up doggie bag things and just hand them out at about 12.30. In my case I had an engagement in Orewa at 4.30 and by the time we go the car, figured out how to get out of the city, and got home low flying ducks were avoiding the area. But it was great - would certainly recommend it - although I will be telling folk - take a lunchbox!

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Natasha from New Zealand wrote on 09 April 2022


Was such a great day. The crew was so knowledgeable. They really made it such a wonderful experience. A definite must do.

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Paola Garcia from New Zealand wrote on 08 March 2022

Beyond disappointed

Got my tickets for x3 of us and my daughter woke up a little bit sick that morning took her to do a covid test to be sure and by the time we got to the place was 10:15 but we went to the marine museum counter by the time they checked our vaccine passports and ask the counter they told us the meeting point was outside which we run and we missed the boat. Book me or the Auckland Dolphin safari won’t help us to reschedule at all we even ask to check the cameras and to see the time we were there. So unfair we miss this experience and we missed $300 for nothing. Feeling so sad and disappointed. Very very sad…

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Jess Graham from New Zealand wrote on 20 March 2022

Informative and fun

We had such a blast yesterday out on the water. It was a little more rough than we expected but the staff were absolutely incredible and their knowledge was fantastic. Can't wait to go out again.

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