- Free Photo Card valued at $20
- Guaranteed mammal viewing or you get a free trip!
- Interaction with our on-board Marine Research Scientists
- Every ticket purchased contributes directly to Marine Mammal Conservation
Please bring warm clothes and a showerproof Jacket, a sun hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Don't forget your camera!
A small range of snacks and food are available for purchase on board, including water, soft drinks, beer & wine.
These guys work closely with New Zealand's Department of Conservation and several universities to combine up-close viewing whales, dolphins and sea birds. They conduct marine-biology research on board and are New Zealand's only research based marine mammal experience, and we think that's pretty cool!
Explore the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park over 4 and a half hours on a specially designed research vessel!
Try your hand at spotting some of the huge range of dolphins, including the Common, Bottlenose or Orca species. They like to swim along with the boat as it travels over the water, and some dolphins can reach impressive speeds of 50 kilometres per hour!
The park is visited by over one-third of all marine mammals, so see if you can find some of the 22 species of whale have been found within the Marine Park, which can include Bryde’s Whale and Fin Whale species. Seabirds also call the Park home; about 24 species in total!
They guarantee Whale and Dolphin viewing all year-round, so jump on board and get up close to these beautiful creatures!
This is a great way to discover the wild marine mammals which thrive in the waters surrounding Auckland, you won't be disappointed!
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Adult: NZD $94
Child (U16): NZD $94
Family of 3 (2A+1C): NZD $94
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Date & Time
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
Adult: NZD $595
Child (U16): NZD $595
Family of 3 (2A+1C): NZD $595
The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park can at times become reasonably rough if the wind and sea conditions are not favourable. For this reason we unfortunately do sometimes have to cancel our trip due to adverse weather for the safety and comfort of the passengers. We make this call at approximately 9am every morning and endeavour to inform all customers by 10am via the contact details provided. We recommend all customers check the marine weather forecast prior to booking, if you are unsure please contact our friendly reservations team
The trip generally takes about 4.5 hours, but this can change depending on conditions. It is the skipper’s call to return early, which they may make if the sea and wind conditions deteriorate. Our passenger's safety and comfort is always our first priority (and being sea sick is no fun). As per our guarantee below, no cash refunds will be given if the Dolphin Explorer has to return early.
Some trips may be slightly longer than the scheduled 4.5 hours (normally by 15—30 mins). This is usually because we have found something special on the way home. We need agreement from all of the passengers on board to spend additional time on the water, and there is no extra charge if we do. If you must be back in Auckland by 5pm, then please inform the skipper on boarding and we will do our upmost to achieve that.
Auckland is a micro-climate 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, camera and binoculars. Lastly, please bring flat soled shoes. Anyone wearing heels will be asked to remove them.
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. Unfortunately we do not carry any remedies or medical relief onboard. If someone is feeling sick they need to tell a crew member and follow their instructions. We do provide sick bags for people to use, and we encourage you to do so!
Other medical conditions:
Please inform us upon booking if you have any pre-existing medical conditions that we should be made aware of. All members of the crew are fully trained in first aid response.
Not suitable for heavily pregnant women. No wheelchair access is available on the boat. Anyone with physical disabilities that require human intervention must be accompanied by their caregivers/support people. Children under 5yrs are suitable for the trip only if CLOSELY supervised by a parent or caregiver.
We 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 us again and is not transferable. We see dolphins on over 90% of trips and whales over 75% of trips, so your odds are really good!
You may cancel a booking up to 24 hours prior to departure without incurring a financial penalty. Cancellations within 24 hours of departure or no shows must pay a 100% cancellation fee.
For the safety of the passengers, we reserve the right to cancel any trip due to the wind, weather, or sea state. If there are less than our minimum passenger numbers or unexpected issues arise on the boat then we may also cancel the trip. Please refer to our website for the status of the current day's Safari.