Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari

New Zealand’s most unique whale and dolphin watching safari departs from downtown Auckland.

Every trip is different but we typically encounter Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, but you may also meet pygmy blue whales, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles and up to 26 species of seabirds – including the little blue penguin.

We are very lucky to enjoy one of the highest marine-mammal viewing rates in New Zealand, and our expert crew work tirelessly to find whales and dolphins. However, we are working with wild animals in their natural environment, and unfortunately, sometimes they just do not want to be found. If you are one of the few (less than 5%) unlucky passengers who don’t get a chance to view dolphins or whales during your safari, we will issue you and your party a Complimentary Voucher to come out and try again absolutely free.

Your ticket purchase directly contributes to marine conservation initiatives. Add a $10 donation to your booking to help fund local restoration projects.

Social Protocols

  1. Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)
  2. Make new friends - This is a group experience so go along prepared to start conversations and make some new friends :-)
  3. Respect the environment - You will be out in nature for this experience so please help protect our environment by taking all your rubbish with you.
  4. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.

Cultural Protocols

  1. A chance to relax - This experience is one way Kiwis like to relax and enjoy life so it will seem very relaxed. Have fun, enjoy slowing down (away from work or study) and relax!
  2. Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
  3. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  4. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
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