Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari



  • Experience the Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand

  • Specifically designed for the sea conditions in the area 

  • Fully licensed bar and light snacks available for purchase 

  • Dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips 

  • Whales viewed on over 75% of trips 

  • Cruise, commentary, culture and history of Auckland's Hauraki Marine Park


Spend 4.5 hours experiencing the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. See wild marine mammals and rare birds living in their natural habitat. Explore amongst volcanic islands with views of sandy beaches and hidden coves. Share special moments and close encounters with wildlife while capturing photos of rare birds, marine mammals and unique island views. This is the only Auckland tourist attraction that gives you the opportunity to see both Whales and Dolphins so close to any city.

You’ll also get to learn from the marine researchers on board working to protect the whales, dolphins and their fragile home. Be inspired by the research conducted alongside you on the comfortable high-tech boat and enjoy an expert education from the crew about whales, dolphins and our other marine wildlife. Be part of this family-owned mission to save Auckland’s whales and dolphins into the future!


  • 4.5-hour Eco-cruise on Auckland's beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park 

  • Guaranteed marine mammal viewing (or get a free trip)

  • Expert commentary and integration with an on-board Marine Research Scientist


  • Any expenses that are not mentioned in the inclusions

Additional Information

  • Child Admission: Age 0 – 14

  • This activity is weather dependable. If the tour happens to cancel due to the wind, weather or sea state or if unexpected issue arises, a full refund will be processed to the client or schedule to another day with no fees.

  • AWADS won’t refund money, but if you do not see any marine mammals, you can come again for free until you do. This complimentary voucher is valid regardless of how long it is until you visit AWADS again and is not transferable.

Hours & Pricing

  • Tour operates daily at 1:30pm in winter from 1st May. 

  • Duration: allow 4.5 hours

* Price valid until 30th September 2019



         New Zealand Maritime Museum

         175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland 1010

How to Book

  1. Please fill out and submit the booking form. Once the form received, our team will check on the booking's availability on the date and/or time you prefer, otherwise, we will get in touch with you with an alternative date and/or time.

  2. Once the booking's availability confirmed, a payment link with the total amount to pay will be sent to you . Please complete payment as soon as possible to secure the booking as the availability can be changed from time to time. 

  3. Once the payment received, we will confirm your booking within 1 business day and a confirmation voucher will be sent via email.

How to use

  • Upon confirmation email received, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.

  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction.

  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control

  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) (NZDT 17:00) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel 4 day(s) (NZDT 17:00) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel within 3 day(s) (NZDT 17:00) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.