Auckland Marine Safari Experience

Experience Auckland’s whales and dolphins and learn how you can help protect our oceans. Dolphins are viewed on over 90% of our trips and whales viewed on 75%. 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. Unforgettable memories and amazing photo opportunities After we finish the incredible Marine world, we head on to the land to continue our experience by stretching the length of the Central Auckland easterly waterfront, the Tamaki Drive cruise to Achilles Point is a hallmark of the 09 region. Numerous beaches, sweeping views of Devonport, Rangitoto and other Gulf islands, flash houses to gawk at and plentiful options for a bite to eat (or let’s be realistic, an ice cream stop off) dot its length - Mission Bay, Kohi, St Heliers and more.

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  • What's included :
    • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
    • Complimentary refreshments and water on board
    • Entry ticket to Marine mammal safari experience
    • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour
    • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation
    • Enjoy spectacular views of Auckland landmarks
    • Wildlife watching made easy - departs direct from Auckland
    • Abundant & diverse wildlife with whales, dolphins & seabirds
    • Unique conservation experience on an active research vessel
    • Great way to see Auckland & beautiful Hauraki Gulf islands
    • Learn from our expert and informative commentary
    • Coastal Drive Through Auckland's Waterfront
    • Visit to Bastion Point & Achilles Point
    • Entry/Admission - Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
    What's excluded :
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, 175 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    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.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Stop At: Bastion Point, Hapimana Street, Mission Bay, Auckland 1071 New Zealand

    A stop at Bastion Point lookout offers magnificent views out over the Hauraki Gulf and Waitematā Harbour, as well as back to central Auckland. It’s one of the best places in Auckland to take photos of the skyline and harbour. This Savage Memorial commemorates Michael Joseph Savage, one of New Zealand’s most beloved prime ministers.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Achilles Point, Cliff Road St Heliers Bay, Auckland Central, Auckland 2004 New Zealand

    Drive through the coastal road to Achilles Point a great vantage point for gazing over Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Traditional Māori carvings honour important historical chiefs.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Grand Mercure Auckland, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please bring warm clothes and a showerproof jacket, a sun hat and sunscreen are also recommended during summer months
    • Don't forget your camera and binoculars!
    • A small range of snacks and food are available for purchase on board cruise, including water, soft drinks, beer & wine
    • If you are inclined to sea sickness then please check the weather and medicate yourself several hours before boarding
    • Sea sickness medication is available from most pharmacies and supermarkets
    • This tour is not suitable for heavily pregnant women
    • Children under 5 years are suitable for the trip only if closely supervised by a parent or caregiver
    • No wheelchair access is available on the boat
    • Anyone with physical disabilities that require human intervention must be accompanied by their caregivers/support people
    • Auckland is micro-climatic that is notoriously changeable. One moment it’s hot and the next minute it’s, well…not! So it’s best to be prepared and bring layers, like a light wind jacket or vest and a warm top
    • It’s also useful to have a sun hat (with chin strap – you don’t want it blowing away), sunscreen, sunglasses
    • Lastly, please bring flat soled shoes. Anyone wearing heels will be asked to remove them
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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