The DSD difference...

  • No deposits
  • No amendment fees
  • Real theme park tickets
  • Worry free guarantee

You are here

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

Considered one the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, the Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari takes you out on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf where whales and dolphins can regularly be seen all year-round.

Considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, 22 species of marine mammal have been identified in the Hauraki Gulf, almost one-third of the entire world's population of species.

Dolphin Explorer is a 20 metre luxury high-speed catamaran. See small pods of dolphins playing around the boat and be spellbound by a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales and dolphins.

Cruise concludes at approximately 6.00pm, back at Viaduct Harbour.

Experience Includes

  • 4.5-hour cruise around Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
  • Great whale and dolphin viewing opportunities
  • Sail on a luxury 20-metre power catamaran
  • Services of an experienced and friendly crew

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Refreshments - Snacks available on board at an additional cost.
  • Optional gratuities


Daily, year round.

Departure location

New Zealand Maritime Museum, 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour.

Start times



Approximately 4.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please check in for your trip 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Exact routes vary depending on tidal and wind condition.
  • For the safety of the passengers Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari Ltd reserve the right to cancel any trip due to wind, weather, or sea state. If there are less than minimum passenger numbers or unexpected issues arise on the boat the trip may also be cancelled.
  • If you do not see any marine mammals, you can cruise again for free until you do. This complimentary voucher is valid regardless of how long it is until you visit again and is not transferable. Dolphins are spotted on over 90% of trips and whales on over 70% of trips, so your odds are really good!
  • Auckland is a micro-climate that is notoriously changeable. One moment it’s hot and the next minute it’s, well…not! So it’s best to be prepared and bring layers, like a light wind jacket or vest and a warm top. It’s also useful to have a sun hat (with chin strap – you don’t want it blowing away), sunscreen, sunglasses, camera and binoculars. Lastly, please bring flat soled shoes. Anyone wearing heels will be asked to remove them.
  • The trip generally takes about 4.5 hours, but this can change depending on conditions. It is the skipper’s call to return early, which they may make if the sea and wind conditions deteriorate. Passenger's safety and comfort is always the first priority (and being seasick is no fun). No cash refunds will be given if the Dolphin Explorer has to return early. Some trips may be slightly longer than the scheduled 4.5 hours (normally by 15—30 mins) if the boat finds something special on the way home. Agreement from all of the passengers on board will be sought to spend additional time on the water, and there is no extra charge.