Māui dolphins - adult and juvenile
Image: Māui dolphin | DOC


With fewer than 100 left in the wild, this New Zealand treasure needs all our help to survive.


Māui dolphin is a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin, the world’s smallest dolphin. It is one of the rarest dolphins in the world, and can only be found on the West Coast of the North Island.

Report sightings

If you are in the North Island and think you’ve seen a Māui or Hector’s dolphin, report it straight away to our emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).

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