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Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

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    What to Expect
    Meet the boat crew at the New Zealand Maritime Museum at Viaduct Harbour, and depart aboard a custom-built 65-foot (20-meter) catamaran, comfortably appointed so you can best view up to six types of whales as well as dolphins and other marine life.
    Throughout your 4.5-hour cruise, the captain and guides entertain you with fascinating facts about the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, home to five marine preserves and sprinkled with islands — it's considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse marine parks and home to some 23 different species.
    Hear about research conducted in partnerships with local marine scientists and discover which whales the crew tracks. They’ll point out sea mammals such as frequently spotted pods of bottlenose dolphins and Bryde’s whales, native to New Zealand.
    Be ready to snap photos of adorable blue penguins. Set your binoculars upon seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels, shearwaters and white-fronted terns soaring above or plunging into the sea.
    Afterward, the boat returns to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, where your tour ends.
    Please note: While wildlife viewings cannot be guaranteed, dolphins and whales are often swimming around these waters. In the event that you do not see any marine mammals during your trip, you can go again another day at no extra charge.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The boat was very nice and comfortable with a recent refurbishment. The crew greeted me onboard and made me feel welcome. I really liked how I could sit on the bow of the boat, in the bridge or outside. There was plenty of space to...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Dreamer43753
    AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your detailed 5-star review. We are really pleased to read about which parts of our experience you particularly enjoyed including the information on our marine research involvement and efforts to remove rubbish from the ocean (and of course the wonderful wildlife!). We...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Im not one for writing reviews, but I do often check them out before deciding to do things. I had a fantastic, exciting and educational afternoon on the water with a knowledgable, passionate and friendly crew, with the added bonus of seeing both dolphins and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank jordanroach15
    AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you Jordan for your review. We are pleased that you had a wonderful experience. I am always happy to hear that the crew did yet another fantastic job, even under tough circumstance of mother nature changing her mind with the weather. Even with that...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We had the most incredible experience on the water with the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise. From start to finish the day did not disappoint. Booking and checking in was easy with friendly staff to greet us at the Maritime Mueseum on the Viaduct....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank hollybee23
    AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Wow, we can't ask for a better review for our safari, what we do and the crew who love their job and sharing it with our passengers, so thank you for that. I can read the excitement in your words at what an amazing day...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    This was a pretty amazing day! We saw at least 4 whales, and two of them showed their tails, which we were told was pretty unique. They were feeding and resting on top. Lots of dolphins on the way back in. Tons of birds, and...More

    Thank Breely22
    AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi Breely, what an awesome day you had, seeing 4 whales and lots of dolphins, nothing short of the best safari trip for you. plus of course having the best crew to do with it! We look forward to seeing you again.

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We went out on this beautiful boat on Monday afternoon after it was recommended by some people who we met in the awesome Irish bar nearby and oh my god it really exceeded our expectations, we were told that it was not guaranteed that we...More

    Thank georgieburgess
    AKLWhale, General Manager at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi Georgie, we are very pleased that you had an amazing time and took the chance to come out on our safari!. Our captain and crew are as excited as you when they come across some rare sights, like the blue whales that are in...More

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    15 August 2019|
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    Response from AKarsten | Reviewed this property |
    Dont know in januari.we aan two whales in mat.
    2 May 2018|
    Response from NZJafa | Reviewed this property |
    bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins mostly daily orcas frequently
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