If you read my post about my summer bucket list then you will know how much I want to explore more of New Zealand this year. I thought I would start with a dolphin and whale boat trip in Auckland as it’s something that has been on my bucket list for a few years.
I booked through Trip Advisor a few days before as I wanted to ensure that I was going on a day with good weather, luckily the Saturday I booked was a glorious sunny day! The process from buying the ticket to boarding the boat was a very smooth process and I would 100% book with Trip Advisor again for any other tours I do in the future.
During the 4.5 hour cruise in the Hauraki Gulf I learnt so much about marine mammals and the environment from the researchers that travel regularly on the boat to conduct their research. It’s really nice to know that they money your paying for the safari is actually being used to benefit the environment and the mammals, rather than ending up in someone else back pocket!
I was lucky enough to see lots of dolphins and a handful of different whales; the whales that are commonly found in the Gulf are the Bryde’s whales, they normally only come up for air and blow through the hole to create a spray, which was really lovely to watch, but very hard to get on camera so I wasn’t able to show you any pictures of the whales.
I was really impressed with the prices of food and drink on board, I brought a couple of snacks with me just in case I got a bit peckish as the boat leaves the harbour at 1:30 and doesn’t return until 6-7pm, but for a coffee it was $4, which I tend to pay between $4-$5,50 in most cafes around Auckland! The prices of the food were reasonable too, they offered snacks and sandwiches.. I’d recommend that you eat lunch beforehand to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!
I also really loved that you were never cramped for space, and there was never any pushing or shoving to get to the front of the boat to watch the whales and dolphins; their was plenty of room, and at some points, it was just me and my friend, Jana at the front of the boat!
For $180 NZD the trip was so worth it and I would do the trip again and again and again! Seeing dolphins and whales in the wild, where they are suppose to be playing around is an incredible experience and I would recommend it to everyone!