Tiki Touring New Zealand Travel
One Tree Hill in Auckland

Visit Tiki Touring for the best ideas of where to stay and what to do in New Zealand

- Visitor Information -
Map of New Zealand
Currency Converter
Car Hire
Distances Between Cities
City & Street Maps
Inter City Coachlines
City-by-city Events
City Hotel Search
City-by-city Hotels
Where to Eat Guide
Latest Tour Deals
NZ Duty Free
- Major NZ Cities -
Where to Stay
What to Do
AA Map of Auckland
Street Maps
Transport Journey Planner
(Bus and train timetables)
Inter City Bus Timetables
Climb Auckland Harbour Bridge
Latest Tour Deals
Auckland Airport
Flight information
Wellington Suggestions
Wellington Sights & Events
Wellington Hotels
Christchurch Suggestions
Christchurch Sights & Events
Christchurch Hotels
Dunedin Suggestions
Dunedin Hotels
Dunedin Tours
- Regions of NZ -
Bay of Plenty
Rotorua Suggestions
Rotorua Sights & Events
Rotorua Hotels
Tauranga Sights and Events
Tauranga Suggestions
Tauranga Hotels
Mt Maunganui Suggestions
Mt Maunganui Hotels
Akaroa Tours
Kaikoura Hotels
Coromandel Suggestions
Coromandel Hotels
Thames Hotels
Hawke's Bay
Hastings Hotels
Hastings Tours
Napier Hotels
Napier Suggestions
Napier Tours
Palmerston North Hotels
Blenheim Hotels
Blenheim Tours
Nelson Hotels
Nelson Tours
Picton Hotels
Picton Tours
North of Auckland
Bay of Islands Ideas
Bay of Islands Hotels
Bay of Islands Tours
Russell Tours
Paihia Tours
Whangarei Hotels
Far North Hotels
Arrowtown Hotels
Cromwell Hotels
Fox Glacier Hotels
Fox Glacier Tours
Franz Josef Hotels
Franz Josef Tours
Queenstown Suggestions
Queenstown Hotels
Queenstown Tours
Te Anau Hotels
Te Anau Tours
Wanaka Hotels
Wanaka Tours
Poverty Bay
Gisborne Hotels
Taranaki Hotels
Taranaki Suggestions
New Plymouth Hotels
Wanganui Hotels
Taupo Hotels
Taupo Suggestions
Ohakune Hotels
Hamilton Hotels
Hamilton Tours
Waikato Suggestions
Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Hotels
Waitomo Tours
Other Links
Travel Links

Dolphin Watching

Bay of Islands, New Zealand


Dolphin Watching in the Bay of Islands






Swim with the Dolphins

Discovery Tour with Dolphin Encounters

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Events in the Bay of Island

TikiTouring checks out Dolphin Adventures

More Dolphin Pictures

By Richard Moore

In an area bursting with interesting things to see the Dolphin Adventures tour out to spot and swim with dolphins is a fantastic journey.

There are both morning and afternoon tours and the likelihood of seeing the beautiful creatures is almost guaranteed.

The four-hour adventures begin at Paihia - with a pick-up at nearby Russell - and believe me if you get the right conditions you'll be in for an absolute treat.

Our Fullers' crew of Tammy and the wonderfully named Floppy begin the trip by explaining about what you can and can't do and also how the sea conditions and make-up of any dolphin pods will determine whether or not you can swim with the creatures.

It is illegal in New Zealand to get into the water with a dolphin pod that contains juveniles - both for the mammals' safety and your own. Dolphins are wonderful but a 200-kilo mother protecting her youngster from a perceived threat is not something I'd like to face.

But the gals did say we would at least see them and so out we motored on a stable and comfortable jet-powered catamaran.

Because the dolphins are wild their exact location varies depending on their whims and feeding patterns.

After about an hour of cruising the beautiful Bay of Island's coastline we were led to a super pod of about 40 dolphins. Normally there are about 15 in a pod so on the day we journeyed out we were very lucky.

Floppy can recognise individual dolphins by their dorsal fins and any scars they may have and each sighting is noted down along with times, locations and weather conditions.

This is to build up a picture of dolphin behaviour in the Bay of Islands, although the highly mobile and unpredictable mammals will more than likely make a mockery of trying to pin them down through science.

And it is one of the greatest joys of seeing dolphins in the wild. You are completely at their mercy and it all depends upon whether they feel like being sociable.

On our trip the pod was keen to come to look at us and then once they'd worked out we were pretty cool looking guys and gals they performed and showed off.

One hooked seaweed over its fin and began a game, while others sped by and around and leapt out of the water in a billow of spray that culminated in a whopping splash as it re-entered the blue of the bay.

Amid oohs and aahs and clicking cameras we marvelled at their antics and I have to say this cynical journalist forgot all the garbage going on in the world and just took in the pure enjoyment of witnessing such wonderful creatures in their element.

Pity I had to spend much of the time looking through my camera viewfinder but, hey, we hope you like the pictures.

The super pod did have juveniles within its midst and so swimming with them was out, but I reckon there was no-one aboard the boat who was too disappointed because the spectacle was amazing.

On the way back to Paihia we stopped in on Urupukapuka Island for a toilet stop and food and drinks at the local cafe. You can also take a quick dip in lovely Otehei Bay.

Fullers' Dolphin Adventures is a really well organised operation that mixes a terrific tour, with a professional, informative and really friendly service.

This is a must-do.




Copyright Richard Moore 2009 | Contact Us | Currency Converter | About Us | Privacy Policy |