Effect of tourism on marine mammals
Viewing marine mammals in New Zealand is a memorable experience. With half of the world's cetaceans (dolphins and whales) having been sighted in our waters, New Zealand really is a hot spot for viewing these beautiful animals!
As demand for viewing experiences with marine mammals has increased, so too has the pressure on these animals by both tourism and recreational vessels. Numerous studies have documented the effects reckless viewing can have on marine mammals – these include changes in behaviour, boat strike, and reducing the opportunity for feeding, resting, and socialising.
We can all play our part in making marine mammal viewing in New Zealand sustainable now and into the future.
How you can help
Recreational boat operators: Learn more about boating around marine mammals.
Visitors: Choose a SMART Operator when boating in areas where there are marine mammals. SMART operators are leaders in sustainable marine mammal viewing through intensive staff training, responsible advertising, and education.
Commercial boat operators: Contact your local DOC office to find out how to participate in the SMART Operator Programme.
Abel Tasman Eco Tours
Activity: Nature cruises in Abel Tasman
Phone: 0800 223 538
Abel Tasman Kayaks
Activity: Guided kayaking tours and rentals (part, full and multi-day) in Abel Tasman
Phone: +64 3 527 8022
R & R Kayaks
Activity: Guided kayaking tours (part, full and multi-day) in Abel Tasman
Phone: 0508 223 224
Waka Abel Tasman
Activity: Waka tours from Kaiteriteri & in Abel Tasman National Park
Phone: 0800 9252 28 (WAKA AT)
Abel Tasman Charters
Activity: Small group scenic cruises and charters exploring the Abel Tasman National Park coastline
Phone: 0800 22 35 22
Akaroa Dolphins Cruises
Activity: Dolphin viewing and nature cruises in Akaroa harbour
Phone: +64 3 304 7866
Black Cat Cruises
Activity: Dolphin viewing, swimming and nature cruises in Akaroa and Lyttleton harbours
Phone: +64 3 304 7643
Activity: Nature and sea kayak tours in Akaroa
Phone: +64 3 304 8542
E-Ko Tours, Picton (formally Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours)
Activity: Dolphin viewing, swimming and guided nature tours in Queen Charlotte Sound
Phone: +64 3 573 8040
Activity: Water Taxi, accommodation, wildlife recovery and arts centre, Queen Charlotte Sound
Phone: +64 3 573 4554
Many thanks to NZ King Salmon who has contributed to the online training for commercial operators.
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