Auckland Marine Safari Experience

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From $356.22

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Auckland, Auckland

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Experience the diverse and abundant wildlife of the stunning scenery of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari, an incredible eco cruise direct from downtown Auckland. Enjoy whale watching, dolphin encounters and an abundance of seabirds while learning from on-board experts and directly supporting our conservation efforts. Sail aboard a luxury catamaran and benefit from guaranteed whale and dolphin viewing year-round as the perfect complement to your stay in Auckland. Share our unique Marine safari – unforgettable from the moment you leave our central city wharf! Along with this take an underwater journey through the world famous Sea life unique aquarium and discover a diverse collection of aquatic life up close.

What's Included

A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

Admission to 4.5 hours Whale & dolphin watching safari

Admission to Sea Life Aquarium- sub Antarctic penguin colony

Coastal Drive Through waterfront Tamaki drive

Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

Complimentary refreshments and water on board

Experience up-close-and-personal wildlife viewing with marine mammal sightings

Explore Auckland’s spectacular Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Explore Seahorse Kingdom with the world's only display of Spiny Sea Dragon

Explore the world's largest sub-Antarctic penguin colony

Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

Listen to expert commentary and interact with the marine research scientists

Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

Relax aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran with on-board cafe/bar

See the worlds' largest species of stingrays

Take in amazing views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island and the Hauraki Gulf

Witness New Zealand's largest collection of Sharks in the first underwater tunnel

What's Not Included

Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge




Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Flash photography is not permitted inside sea life aquarium as this can scare and harm sea creatures.
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Lastly, please bring flat soled shoes. Anyone wearing heels will be asked to remove them.
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Please inform us upon booking if you have any pre-existing medical conditions that we should be made aware of. All members of the crew are fully trained in first aid response.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great experiences photos.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, , Sun protection, shower proof jacket/warm layer & essential personal items.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Suitable for people of all ages with easy and good fitness level required.
  • This tour is not suitable for heavily pregnant women. Children under 5yrs are suitable for the trip only if closely supervised by a parent or caregiver.

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

This is New Zealand’s most interactive whale and dolphin watching experience! An incredible eco-safari direct from downtown Auckland, as well as being a top Auckland attraction, this safari is a truly unique New Zealand conservation experience. There’s no need to travel far to have a world-class wildlife adventure. With over 1/3 of all marine-mammal species seen here. Auckland is the perfect place for that once-in-a-lifetime encounter you’ve always dreamed of. Best of all it’s right on Auckland’s doorstep and waiting for you to explore it!

​Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and travel aboard Dolphin Explorer into the expansive and rich Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Our family-friendly 4.5 hour wildlife marine eco-safari offers so much more than just whale and dolphin watching and will be the highlight of your trip to Auckland. Get up close to personal viewing of whales dolphins and other wildlife amid the stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

5 hours • Admission Ticket Included

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium
See New Zealand's unique aquatic life up close, including New Zealand's largest collection of sharks, gigantic stingrays, and beautiful seahorses. Watch the cool and calm king penguins and cheeky gentoos interact and swim past as you walk through the Penguin Ice Adventure exhibit. Touch a starfish or two at our Rockpool. The stunning new Seahorse Kingdom exhibit features the world's only display of spiny sea dragons, while other displays include New Zealand's only live jellyfish display, tropical fish, bizarre crustaceans and much, much more.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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