Whale and Dolphin Safari
Viaduct Harbour in Downtown Auckland
Viaduct Harbour in Downtown Auckland
On this 4.5 hour tour, you will have a unique experience at the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in Auckland. The meeting point with your guide is at Viaduct Harbor in downtown Auckland, to go sailing in the boat at 1:30 PM. You will have the opportunity to see wild marine mammals and rare birds that live in their natural habitat.
You will navigate between volcanic islands with views of beautiful beaches. You will be very close to wildlife, having the opportunity to take pictures of rare birds, marine mammals and the unique views of the island. Then you will have a great opportunity to see whales and dolphins, having a unique experience. You will also learn from marine researchers on board who work to protect whales, dolphins and their fragile home. Along the way your guide and the experts will explain you about whales, dolphins and about the marine fauna that New Zealand has. The tour will end in the same place where you started.
Tour Tickets (may vary by date)
|Children (Under 16 years old)
|Seniors (+65 years old)
- Warm clothes.
- Trench coat.
- Any personal medication for dizziness.
If it is less than 24 hours prior to the tour departure:
Unfortunately, cancellations within 24 hours of departures incur a 100% cancellation fee.
More than 24 hours prior to departure and you booked directly:
As you’re cancelling more than 24 hours prior to departure, there are no cancellation fees. We will organise a refund for you back on to the credit card you paid with. This will be processed from our end within 24 hours, and it will appear back on your card once the banks have processed it at their end. This can take several days, or sometimes longer, depending on the bank and the card issuer.
More than 24 hours prior to departure and you booked with an agent:
We can cancel the booking for you, however, you will need to request the refund from the company you booked with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I/my clothes get wet on this trip?
Most people prefer to sit in our outdoor viewing areas while on the boat. In this case, there is a strong possibility that you may get wet. Should you prefer to stay dry, the boat does have indoor seating, but please note the only indoor seating area that offers reasonable animal viewing is upstairs.
I have a specific deadline that I cannot miss. Can you guarantee to return on time?
On occasion, trips may be slightly longer than the scheduled 4.5 hours (normally by 15 to 30 mins). This is usually because we have found something special on the way home. We need agreement from all passengers on board to spend additional time on the water, and there is no extra charge if we do. If you must be back in Auckland on time, please inform the skipper when you come on board and we will do our utmost to achieve that.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We do not sell travel insurance for our tour. It’s always a good idea to have insurance when travelling, so we recommend you speak to your provider about travel insurance and what is/isn’t covered by your policy.
Is the tour dangerous?
The safety of our passengers and crew is our highest priority at all times. While travel on the open water always carries a small element of risk, our experienced crew are fully trained in emergency and first aid response. We do not operate on days when we judge that the weather or sea conditions are unsafe.
Check In Information
All passengers are required to check in at our desk inside the New Zealand Maritime Museum no later than 15 minutes prior to departure time. Please be aware that your allocated seats may be released to stand-by passengers if you do not check-in by this time. There is no refund available for those passengers who arrive late and additional fees may apply should you wish to reschedule.
We reserve the right to cancel or change a tour at any time in the interests of passenger safety. Weather and sea conditions can change quickly, and this may alter the status of your tour at any time. We will inform you of any cancellations by the contact details you have provided, before 10:00 AM on the day of departure.
In the event of such a cancellation, we will refund passengers if they are unable to come on another day. Those passengers who have booked online or through third party booking agents please refer to the booking confirmation documents they have provided for details on how to claim your refund.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the customer to check that their Safari is running and Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari will not be held liable for any costs incurred because of the customer not being aware of a cancelled Safari.