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Per Person $194 USD
Child (Ages 16 and under) $149 USD
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As this vessel is registered for research, your captain is able to take you closer to the wildlife than your average boat.

Maybe you can walk on water, but we are going to bet you can't. Nature hikes are great because you can drive to a trailhead and step out into the woods for a chance to see some flora and fauna. This doesn't exactly work when it comes to creatures that dwell in the water. We can't exactly put together a "self-guided" whale and dolphin watching program for you. Regardless, what we can do is get you on the only research-based marine mammal excursion in New Zealand. How does that sound?

Working closely with the Department of Conservation and local universities, this experience provides the perfect combination of education and up-close viewing opportunities of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. On the large open deck, look back out over such Auckland landmarks as the Auckland Harbor Bridge, Devonport, and Rangitoto Island, all while scanning the water for orca and bottlenose dolphins who regularly visit the water near the city. Once out into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, your friendly crew will assist you in tracking down Bryde's whales, common dolphins, and a variety of unique sea birds.

Your skipper has over 14 years of experience and knows the best places to track down these majestic animals!

The best part of this program is that it departs from Central Auckland. No need to venture hours back to your hotel or accommodation.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Services of an experienced captain
  • 4.5 hour eco-cruise through the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
  • Interaction with on-board marine research scientists
  • Opportunity for whale, dolphin, and marine wildlife viewing!

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
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Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 1:30 PM (4.5 hrs) Please check in 20 minutes early.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

Taxi and Transfers Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please bring warm clothes, a waterproof or water-resistant jacket, a sun hat, sunscreen, flat-soled shoes, and a camera.
• A small range of snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board. Bathrooms are also accessible.


• There is a 90% chance you will see dolphins and a 75% chance you will see whales on this trip, based on the previous years' records. Refunds will not be provided if wildlife isn't active on the day you are out.