Marine Mammal Research

Research helps us to better understand and better protect these amazing animals.

We are always keen to support all marine mammal research in the Bay of Islands and surrounds.

By working alongside DOC ( Department of Conservation) and tertiary instuitions, we can help to form codes of conduct, education the public and make better policies that will create a sustainable future.  – Experience with Us,

Help Protect Our Dolphins.

We have been supporting marine mammal research in the Bay of Islands since 1995.

On board carino NZ we do daily research with a marine mammal interaction sheet. This contributes to the Department of Conservation National Sightings Database, which is  important  for better management decisions and understanding the marine environment.

We have working relationships with:

Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation run programmes to protect and restore our species, places and heritage, and provide opportunities for people to engage with these treasures.

Auckland University

Dr Rochelle Constantine and  the Marine Mammal Ecology Group.  Studies have included the first fin ID database  and population size of bay of islands Bottlenose Dolphins.

Massey University

Dolphin Reseacher on Carino NZ

Dr Karen Stockin and  Coastal-Marine Group. Concentrating largely on conservation and management orientated questions.

Orca Research

Dr Ingrid Visserand the Orca Research Trust. whose aim is to  protect Orca & their habitat, through conservation, education & scientific research.

Project Island Song

Project Island Song’s vision is the ecological restoration of the pest-free islands of Ipipiri in the eastern Bay of Islands

Get involved in Citizen Science!

Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research.

Here are some projects that we are supporting at the moment. We would love for you to get involved!

Marine Mammal Sighting

To understand more about marine mammals in our waters we need more information about them. This is where you can help by reporting sightings.  You can download the Hector’s Dolphin Sightings App to report all your marine mammal sightings. The app was developed by Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Thundermaps in collaboration with DOC. The data collected by the app gets shared directly with DOC

Marine Metre Squared

Marine Metre Squared is an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore.

The NZ Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago, is encouraging everyone to participate in long term monitoring of their marine environment – the Marine Metre Squared. Anyone can take part – individuals, families, schools and community groups.

Register Here

The Great Kererū Count – 2018

Info coming soon


We are luckly to be able to work and play in the beautiful Bay of Islands Everyone with Carino NZ, all want to look after the natural beauty and help to conserve the wild life. This means we are very passionate about conservation.

This is why we are doing our best to integrate environmental care in every aspect of our business.

We are committed to;

  • Buying local/seasonal produce
  • Giving you the opportunity to recycle/ reuse
  • Using biodegradable or non-toxic cleaning products
  • Regularly having a beach clean up
  • Using wind power as often as possible
  • Start a tree planting program, locally
  • supporting project Island Song
  • To educate staff and guests about local environment issues

Help us and be an environmental carer by taking positive action to help nature!