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Auckland Dolphin & whale watching

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Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

1. Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise

Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland. Set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Enjoy a quick tour past impressive landmarks, such as the Auckland Harbour Bridge, North Head/Devonport, and Rangitoto Island. Keep a close look out for Orca and Bottlenose Dolphins that regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins, and sea birds. The "Dolphin Explorer" is able to get much closer than whale watching operations in other locations. Learn about the fauna via expert commentary from the ship's skipper, gained from 15 years of running trips daily in the area.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 45 reviews

The whole experience was an eye-opener for my family and I. Understand that there is a chance that we may not be able to see any whales, we are still pretty lucky to see schools of dolphins almost everywhere we went! The boat ride was also very educational and the crew were very friendly. It is definitely a must go for folks who enjoy watching marine life or folks who wished to know more about whales, dolphins and even sea birds! You don't have to be a tourist to enjoy the boat ride as it is indeed a whole new experience even for the locals.

Auckland: Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruises are professional, friendly and extremely knowledge. All staff were easy to approach and were eager to answer questions or find the answer if they didn't know. The boat is spacious, well maintained and easy to move around. There were multiple areas for people to sit (inside and out) giving you lots of options. I really enjoyed my tour getting to see loads of dolphins and marine birds. I would certainly recommend this company and tour.

Team really friendly and happy to answer your questions and share their knowledge. Plenty of room on the boat and they also have a little cafe providing reasonably priced drinks and snacks Several hours spent in search areas looking for wildlife so good chance of finding something

Amazing experience, it was so wonderful to see whales and dolphins. Good cruise with excellent guides

We were lucky enough to see whales and dolphins. It was an extremely successful trip.