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Auckland Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

  • Free Cancelation - 72 Hrs Notice
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 4 Hrs 30 Min Duration
  • English
  • Join In Group
  • 20-30 Travelers Per Group
  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Explore Auckland’s spectacular Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for four and a half hours of wildlife wonder
  • Experience up-close-and-personal wildlife viewing where you see rare seabirds and marine mammals
  • 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
  • Spot the right whales, orcas, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales - you might even sight a blue whale!

US$ 98.15

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  • Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

    Package Details
    • Departure time: 1:30pm (Oct-Mar) and 2:30pm (Apr-Sep)
    • This activity is available daily

    Inclusive Of:

    • 4.5 hour whale and dolphin watching cruise
    • English onboard commentary
    • Admission ticket to Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Meals
    • Insurance
    • Other personal expenses

    US$ 98.15

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    Package Details
    • Departure time: 1:30pm (Oct-Mar) and 2:30pm (Apr-Sep)
    • This activity is available daily

    Inclusive Of:

    • 4.5 hour whale and dolphin watching cruise
    • English onboard commentary
    • Admission ticket to Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

    Not Inclusive Of:

    • Meals
    • Insurance
    • Other personal expenses
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.

auckland whale watching
Head to the open see to sight some of the world's most intelligent sea mammals
auckland whale watching
Spot a variety of whale species, getting up close to them
auckland dolphin watching
Catch sight of a variety of dolphins, including orcas!
auckland dolphin watching
Watch the dolphins swim and play in the bow waves, enjoying the water
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email


  • Meet up at New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Travel through Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
  • Enjoy 4.5 hour whale and dolphin watching cruise
  • Back to Viaduct Harbour
Insider Tips

What To Bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Suitable outdoor clothing
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Camera or GoPro
  • Insect spray (highly recommended)
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 0-16 (must present a valid photo ID)
  • Children aged 0-4 should be accompanied by at least one paying adult
  • This activity is not recommended to people suffering from walking disabilities, injuries, or are currently pregnant
  • In a few cases, if participants are unable to sight whales and dolphins, they will be offered a voucher to participate again at another date. This voucher has unlimited validity and is not transferable
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified

Meet Up Information:

  • Location: New Zealand Maritime Museum
  • Address: 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010
  • Check in time will be displayed on your voucher upon booking confirmation
  • Please arrive at the meet up location at least 10 minutes before departure time

How To Get There:

  • By private car or taxi: Approximately 15 minutes drive from Auckland CBD
  • By public transfer: The nearest bus station is Stop 1346, Quay St outside PWC, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

Meet Up Location

Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 72 hours prior to the activity
  • In case of bad weather or minimum numbers not being reached, you can reschedule your booking or request for a full refund on a case-by-case basis
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