Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari
Sprawling metropolises aren't typically where you look for an immersive wildlife experience but Auckland has something up its sleeve, or just off shore to be exact. Visitors can experience the astonishingly abundant wildlife of the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Reserve on-board Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari's 65ft luxury catamaran, the Dolphin Explorer. The company's 4.5 hour marine eco-safari offers guaranteed whale and dolphin viewing year round, departing direct from the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland. With over a third of all the world's marine-mammal species seen within the area, it's one of the best places in the world to have a wildlife adventure. The Dolphin Explorer is also a leading marine-mammal scientific research vessel, meaning that guests are also contributing to important conservation efforts, just by coming aboard.