NEW ZEALAND Auckland Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

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  • Explore Auckland’s spectacular Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for four and a half hours of wildlife wonder, including whales, dolphins, seals, rare seabirds and more!
  • Get the chance to spot a variety of dolphins and whales - you might even see an Orca or Killer Whale
  • On a typical safari you can expect to see Bryde’s whales and common and bottlenose dolphins
  • Hop onboard the 'Dolphin Explorer' a luxury 20 metre boat purpose built to maximise your viewing experience
  • Take in amazing views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island, and the Hauraki Gulf
  • Listen to expert commentary and interact with the marine research scientists
  • Sighting Guarantee means that if you don't spot any marine mammals, you can come back for free!


What to expect

Just off the coast of Auckland are pods of whales and dolphins, and you'll be able to see them through an unforgettable cruise that allows you to explore Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Climb aboard and, with the company and commentary of an experienced crew, you'll head into open waters of the gulf, seeking out these brilliant mammals. On the way, you'll also sight some rare seabirds that can only be found in New Zealand, as they hunt over the surface. Among the most popular dolphins to spot out in the gulf are the common and bottlenose dolphins, but if you're truly lucky, you'll sight the magnificent Orca, or killer whale (which is actually a dolphin!). The pods of whales are humpbacks, long-finned pilot whales, minke whales, and southern right whales, but there's also the chance that you might see the biggest animal in the entire world: the blue whale. All these species depend upon the season, and your onboard guides will give you fascinating information about these sea mammals as you enjoy your cruise.


Head to the open see to sight some of the world's most intelligent sea mammals


Spot a variety of whale species, getting up close to them


Catch sight of a variety of dolphins, including orcas!


Watch the dolphins swim and play in the bow waves, enjoying the water



Inclusive Of

  • Admission to attractions: Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
  • 4-hour cruise
  • Live commentary on board

Not Inclusive Of

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Insurance


  • The voucher is only valid on the specified date and time
  • In a few cases, if participants are unable to sight whales and dolphins, they will be offered a voucher to participate again on another date. This voucher is valid on any date and is not transferable


  • Children aged 0-4 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Child ticket: Age 0-16 (must present a valid photo ID)

Additional Information

Prohibitions & Limitations
  • This activity is not recommended for those with medical conditions (high blood pressure, epilepsy, etc.), pregnant women, or seniors
What to Bring
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Insect spray (highly recommended)
What to Wear
  • Light and comfortable clothing (preferrably dri-fit material)
  • Walking shoes
Terms & Conditions


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking instantly via email. In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 24 hour(s) before the selected activity date
  • The operator may cancel the activity in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances (e.g. extreme weather conditions). In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund
How To Use


Activity Schedule
  • This activity is available on
  • Saturday-Sunday
  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
  • Time:
  • 13:15-17:45
  • Total: 4 hour(s) and 30 minute(s)
  • Tour stops and highlights: Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, whale and dolphin watching cruise
  • The schedule is subject to change depending on traffic and weather conditions on your activity date

Voucher Type

  • You can present either a printed or mobile voucher

Meet Up Information

  • Be at the meet up location 10 minutes before the scheduled activity time

New Zealand Maritime Museum

  • Time: 13:15
  • Address: 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010
  • Please refer to the map for assistance

How To Get There

  • By bus: take the 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R, or 97V Bus to Quay St/Lower Albert St stop, and walk for 2 minutes
  • By car: it's approximately a 15-minute drive from Auckland CBD