A pod of Mauis dolphins surface
Maui’s dolphin is the world’s smallest dolphin and is found on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand and nowhere else in the world. It is New Zealand's rarest dolphin.
The dolphin is listed internationally as 'critically endangered', which means there is a high risk of it becoming extinct in the near future.
Your help is urgently sought to look out for Maui’s dolphin around New Zealand and to report sightings immediately.
Did you know that Maui's dolphins are found only on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island? Learn more about this critically endangered species.
Set net fishing poses one of the greatest threats to Maui's dolphins. Find out other threats and actions that are being taken to save this species.
Learn about DOC's work to save the critically endangered Maui's dolphin.
There are many ways you can be involved in protecting Maui's dolphins.
Watch a video of Maui's dolphins seen during a Department of Conservation survey and a video of Maui's dolphins sharing the waves with surfers.
Report your whale and dolphin sightings.
Marine Mammal Sanctuaries can be established throughout New Zealand fisheries waters to create a permanent refuge for marine mammals such as dolphins, whales, seals and sea lions.
Proposed interim extension of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary consultation
Marine and coastal conservation
To report whale or dolphin strandings phone the DOC HOTline 24 hour emergency number:
0800 DOCHOTline (0800 362 468)