SMART Operator Programme
IntroductionThe SMART Operator programme aims to promote responsible behaviour around dolphins, whales and seals by boat operators.
SMART (Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism) is a voluntary collaboration between commercial boat operators and DOC for the protection of marine mammals in New Zealand.
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.
Become a SMART operator
Commercial boat operators can contact their local DOC office to find out how to participate in the SMART Operator Programme.
Recreational boat operators can learn more about boating around marine mammals.
Current SMART operators
SMART operators undertake ongoing, intensive staff training, use responsible advertising and provide comprehensive education to the wider public. These measures provide and promote safe viewing of marine mammals around Aotearoa, helping to protect our special taonga.
Activity: Wildlife tours, Dolphin viewing and swimming in Bay of Plenty
Phone: +64 7 577 0105
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
Activity: Waka tours from Kaiteriteri & in Abel Tasman National Park
Phone: 0800 9252 28 (WAKA AT)
Activity: Small group scenic cruises and charters exploring the Abel Tasman National Park coastline
Phone: 0800 22 35 22
Activity: guided kayaking tours (part, full and multi-day) in Abel Tasman
Phone: +64 3 527 8300
Activity: Dolphin viewing and swimming in Kaikoura
Phone: 0800 733 365 (within New Zealand) or +64 3 319 6777
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
Activity: Day cruises, water transport, Queen Charlotte Track
Phone: +64 3 573 7925
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
Marlborough Tour Company
Activity: Cruises and Tours in the Marlborough Sounds
Phone: +64 3 577 9997
Pelorus Mail Boat
Activity: Pelorus Sound Mail Run, Kenepuru Sound Cruise
Phone: +64 3 574 1088
For more information email email@example.com or contact our office.
|Waitohi / Picton Office|
|Phone:||+64 3 520 3002|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
PO Box 161
|Full office details|