Discover the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, visited by a staggering one third of all marine mammal species on earth. This 4.5 hour eco-safari offers guaranteed whale, dolphin and seabird viewing while also contributing to research and conservation. You can even chat with a marine scientist on board!
This safari makes it easy to experience the astonishingly abundant wildlife of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. As New Zealand's only research-based marine mammal experience, this safari combines up-close and personal viewing of whales, dolphins and sea-birds with important marine biology research conducted on-board. This allows the general public the chance to encounter, understand and above all help protect this incredible resource of marine life. Conveniently located right in the middle of Auckland City, jump on board the 65ft luxury catamaran and take in the sights and sounds of Auckland from the water. Bask in the sun on the large open deck while you enjoy a quick tour past other impressive Auckland landmarks, all while keeping a close eye out for orcas and bottlenose dolphins which are known to regularly visit the waters. Then it's out into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park itself where resident populations of Bryde's whales, common dolphins and numerous colourful seabirds awai
Once spotted, enjoy up-close viewing of these fascinating (and in some cases critically endangered) ocean creatures. More than just simply viewing them, the trip also provides the opportunity to learn about what you are seeing via expert commentary from the ship's skipper - gained from 15 years running daily trips in the area. Being wild animals in their natural environment, every trip is different. However, typically after 3 hours the boat will begin to head back towards Auckland. Sit back with a nice drink courtesy of the on-board licensed cafe and enjoy the views while sitting in quiet contemplation of the natural beauty you have just witnessed. There's no need to travel far to have a truly world-class wildlife adventure. The amazing Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is right next to Auckland City and waiting for you to explore it!
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:
There can be up to 100 people on this tour during peak season.
For the safety of passengers the experience provider reserves the right to cancel any trip due to wind, weather, or sea state. They will endeavour to inform all customers immediately of any cancellations by the contact details provided. Please contact the provider directly if you have concerns about the weather after you have made your booking.
Please wear warm clothes, shower-proof jacket, sun hat and sunscreen. You may wish to bring your camera, binoculars, personal medication (if required), or sea-sickness medication (should be taken prior to trip).
A small range of snacks, hot food and drinks are available for purchase on board including beer and wine.
This experience departs from the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland.