Māui dolphins - adult and juvenile
PHOTO: Martin Stanley | DOC


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

Population: 57-75
Threat status: critically endangered
Found in:
coastal waters of New Zealand's West Coast North Island

Did you know:

  • Māui dolphin are a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin, the world’s smallest dolphin. 
  • they are also some of the rarest dolphins in the world.
  • they 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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