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Tikapa Moana - Whale & Dolphin Wildlife Cruise


Experience the incredible Hauraki Gulf and discover the abundant marine wildlife, iconic landscape and cultural footprint of Tāmaki Makaurau of this spectacular wildlife cruise!


  • Marine mammal viewing including whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and birdlife.
  • Marine mammal viewing guarantee - voucher to come again for free if we don’t spot marine mammals during your cruise.
  • Hear fascinating stories on the history and origins of land, sea and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki - original inhabitants of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Discover the fantastic wildlife of the Hauraki Gulf, including whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and birdlife! Departing from central Auckland, travel on the comfortable cruise vessel and view the marine wildlife in their natural habitat.

This experience operates in partnership with Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga, hear the fascinating origins and histories of the land, sea and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki - original inhabitants of Tāmaki Makaurau as you make your way through this stunning landscape.

Enjoy a day out with friends and family, with light snacks and drinks are available from the fully licensed bar on board, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, beer and wine.

Take in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf and its stunning marine wildlife!

Adult $150.00
Child $75.00 (5-15 years old)
Infant $0.00 (0-4 years old)
Family $450.00 (2x Adults + 2x Children)

What's included

  • 4.5 hours cruising the Hauraki Gulf
  • Light snacks and drinks available to purchase on board from our fully licensed bar


  • Allow approx. 4.5 hours for this experience.


  • Explore Viaduct Kiosk: 220 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010


  • Please Note: Family Price is $450.00 if purchased separately - discounts shown from this rate.

    Mobility access to this vessel is limited, after booking please contact the operator for more details if you have limited mobility.

Available Bookings from 20 Aug to 26 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sat 20 Aug
Sun 21 Aug
Mon 22 Aug
Tue 23 Aug
Wed 24 Aug
Thu 25 Aug
Fri 26 Aug

  • Adult$97.50
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free
  • Family$375.00

  • Adult$97.50
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant Free
  • Family$375.00

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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chantnz from New Zealand wrote on 25 February 2022

Amazing trip

Some feedback on the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari – WOW! We had a great experience and enjoyed the tour. The guides were awesome and their knowledge was amazing. The Hauraki gulf is so beautiful and the cruise alone was worth it. We managed to see a whale not long after take off. We saw heaps of dolphins, which was amazing

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maryamm1 from New Zealand wrote on 11 January 2022

No whales

I was looking forward to seeing the whales and dolphins but we only saw a pod of dolphins. Overall good experience but I wish we saw at least one whale

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Theresa from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2022

Fantastic day out

We enjoyed our time and spotted some dolphins, which was great! The captain and the crew were fantastic. Can highly recommend this trip to anyone.

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Mohsin from New Zealand wrote on 07 March 2022


The ride was good and the staff was great but it was quite boring and expensive as for most of the the time we just roaming around and doing nothing 4 hours 30 mins for dolphin watching and most of the time most people were sleeping not that fun as I had hoped for a150$ ticket…. But not a bad experience overall

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Mark from New Zealand wrote on 13 March 2022

Not this company

Bad review because for an hour of the trip you’re dropping passengers off to Motatapu Island and then you have to pick them up and it just eats away at the time you could have spent searching for whales and dolphins. Only saw a pod of common dolphins. Probably only saw them for 10 mins altogether. Didn’t get a voucher because apparently that’s enough sightings. Didn’t see any whales, penguins or other sea creatures. Also, bought a bunderburg for $4 they tipped some out from the 1.5l bottles into a small cup. The other whale watching company I went with was fantastic because they went further out to sea and the boat was better suited. I would never go on this tour/cruise again.

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        Family 2x Adults + 2x Children

          *This option must be made together with another price type.

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