Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise
- Duration: 4.5 hours
Climb aboard a 65-foot luxury catamaran, conveniently docked in the heart of Auckland, and set sail on the "Dolphin Explorer" to take in the sights and sounds of the city from the water. Depart via Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, and bask in the sun on the large open deck. 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, known to regularly visit the waters close to the city. Then it's out into the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park itself, where resident populations of Bryde's Whales, Common Dolphins and numerous colorful seabirds await. Get up-close viewings of whales, dolphins and sea birds while important marine biology research is conducted on board. Help protect this incredible resource of marine life on a more personal and intimate experience. As a registered r...
we didn't see any whales but we did see dolphins. all the staff were nice and we learned a lot about there conservation
After being met at your inner city accommodation and driving south of Auckland, you'll begin to follow the mighty Waikato River. This river is New Zealand’s longest river and winds some 425 km throughout the center of north island. Passing through small country settlements, you'll get an idea of the New Zealand country lifestyle. On arriving at Waitomo and entering the Waitomo Caves you will wander along underground paths, and see deep limestone shafts and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless. There are many weird and wonderful formations to be seen, before you board a small boat and become enchanted by the thousands of magical glowworms above as you glide gently and quietly through these world famous caves. After lunch you will stop at the Otorohanga Kiwi House to view New Zealand's national bird, the flig...
Join a guided diving tour for certified divers around Goat Island and set off to discover the beautiful underwater world of New Zealand's first ever marine reserve alongside an experienced dive master. Begin with a fitting of your diving equipment at the dive center. You will then drive in your own vehicle 3 km to the Goat Island Marine Reserve to meet with your dive master who will be your guide for the day. Learn the history of Goat Island and get introduced to the marine life you are likely to see in New Zealand's first marine reserve. After a full and thorough safety briefing, head down to the water and begin the tour. Do one long dive in a shallow reserve with the opportunity to stay underwater for 70 to 80 minutes, dependent on individuals' air consumption. Explore further out into the bay and see the true beauty this magical place has to offer. Swim amongst huge snappers, red ...
The day's itinerary: 1. Auckland Sky Tower Departing from the famous landmark of the Auckland Sky Tower, the west coast adventure begins with a guided tour out of the city centre over the famous Harbour Bridge to Auckland’s North Shore. You then head west towards the affluent areas of Coatesville, Kumeu and Riverhead. While on this journey your guides will point out all the main attractions and tell stories about the area along the way. 2. Hallertau Brewery Arriving at the craft beer brewery Hallertau, you will be treated to a delicious lunch of your choice from a special set menu. Following lunch, you have the opportunity to taste some of Hallertau’s winning craft beers before continuing your day. 3. Muriwai Beach A short drive from the brewery you arrive at the wild west coast black sand beach of Muriwai. Exploring this area, you will be amazed by the rugged coastline, unique black ...
Join a full-day scuba dive charter and dive in the beautiful marine reserves of Goat Island or Te Hāwere-a-Maki, New Zealand's first marine reserve established in 1975, on a small-group tour.
Discover the bustling marine life beneath the water's surface, including jack mackerel, crayfish, red moki, eels, blue maomao, and much more on two dives at different depths.
Marvel at the variety of marine life habitats from rocky shores exposed at low tide to deep reefs, underwater cliffs and canyons, as well as sand flats. Watch the seaweed forests sway with the waves and the light playfully touch all that surrounds you beneath the sea.
Goat Island and the Tawharanui Marine Reserve, off the North Island's northwest coast, are both excellent sites for certified divers, whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, there is something for everyone ...
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We booked the afternoon tour for the 27th Feb and turned out to be very lucky as we quickly saw lots of common dolphins. The crew were all excellent at sharing valuable and interesting information. All of which was presented in a good humorous style. They encouraged questions about their research and ocean and mammals. We then were incredibly lucky to see a Brydes whale for a good period of time. Highly recommend this tour, the time passed very quickly and we were very well looked after
We got a great day and good luck !!! I started the tour in the morning and had great weather. We were very lucky and saw several dolphins, penguins and even a whale! The crew itself was amazed and said that it would rarely be that you find this variety! Overall, it was a wonderful experience for us which we can only recommend.
Amazing I love seeing all the wonderful dolphins and also learning from the marine biologist so many things on how they’re trying to help the sea life
This tour was a highlight at the end of our NZ experience.
Great experience! Helpful and knowledgeable staff!