Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari 

All year round

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

Enjoy a 4.5-hour cruise on board the luxurious ‘Dolphin Explorer’ as you explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife. The safari departs from the Viaduct. Jump on board the 65-foot (20-metre) catamaran and settle in as you head out to explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, one of the most abundant and diverse marine parks in the world. Enjoy views of famous Auckland landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, North Head and Devonport, and volcanic Rangitoto Island, as you watch out for orca and dolphins known to frequent the inner Waitematā Harbour.  As the crew provides knowledgeable commentary, marine science experts conduct biological studies and invite you to join interactive research activities. Because you are venturing into a wild, natural environment, every trip is different and the marine wildlife you encounter varies from day to day. 



For more info visit:

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari 


New Zealand Maritime Museum
175 Quay Street
Viaduct Harbour


0508 DOLPHINS (365 744)



People in light wheelchairs with some mobility can generally be accommodated. The vessel has two stairs in the boarding area that passengers must be able to navigate (with carer support if required). Not all areas and viewing decks are wheelchair accessible. The main level indoor area has a 15cm door sill. The bathrooms have a 15cm door sill and limited space inside. Heavy or motorised wheelchairs are not suitable, as they are too large and heavy to be lifted onto the boat. The maximum width of a wheelchair able to be brought on board is 67cm. If you or a member of your party has mobility or balance issues, or is frail, they recommend having an accompanying caregiver to assist as the sea can be bumpy. While the crew is happy to help when they can, they are not able to act as caregivers during the safari.


It is strongly encouraged to use public transport (bus, ferry, train) into Auckland city centre for your safari. You can see the public transport options and a journey planner on the Auckland Transport website.


If you choose to use your own private transport into Auckland city centre, there are plenty of car parks around the city which you can use. You can see the available car parks and their prices on the Auckland Transport website.

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