By Adam Mccleery For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 00:43 GMT, 4 March 2020 | Updated: 00:46 GMT, 4 March 2020
The incredible moment a whale shark swam right up to a boat full of tourists has been captured on camera.
Skipper Nik Weyel, from New Zealand, had 19 passengers on his boat, the Bay Explorer, when the enormous fish swam past.
The group had originally paid to see dolphins but were treated to much more special experience when they were about 11km off Mauao on the South Island.
Weyel was left completely amazed by the experience and took to Facebook to share the video.
Nik Weyel was taking visitors on a dolphin and sea life charter off the coast of a when their boat was visited by a 10-metre-long whale shark (pictured)
'Something very very special happened today