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Location / Nearby Wildlife Motuara Sanctuary Tour and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

Description

Discover Marlborough’s native wildlife on a half-day, small-group Queen Charlotte Sound cruise from Picton that includes a nature walk on the Motuara Island bird sanctuary. Marine biologist guides share insights into Marlborough’s fascinating critters as you watch for seals and five species of dolphin, then get a glimpse of a pristine New Zealand forest on predator-free Motuara Island—home to native blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, and more.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • National Park fees
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate biscuits on the return journey
  • Complimentary Local Wine and Mussel Samples of the PM Tour
  • FREE Binoculars to help you spot wildlife and Species ID cards
  • Entry/Admission - E-Ko Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand Follow BLUE line form Visitor Information Center until you see, Seal, Dolphin and Penguin
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Family friendly with plenty of children's activities onboard
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
View details
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • National Park fees
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate biscuits on the return journey
  • Complimentary Local Wine and Mussel Samples of the PM Tour
  • FREE Binoculars to help you spot wildlife and Species ID cards
  • Entry/Admission - E-Ko Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand Follow BLUE line form Visitor Information Center until you see, Seal, Dolphin and Penguin
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Family friendly with plenty of children's activities onboard
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
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Itinerary

  • 1. E-Ko Tours: 30 min
  • 2. Marlborough Sounds: 240 min
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Image Wildlife Motuara Sanctuary Tour and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

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inastew
⏳ 12-2021
4.6

Special treatment

Paul went out of his way to make sure our tour went ahead even without the minimum number. Ferry cancellations meant some couldn’t turn up but he honoured the commitment and we had a wonderful time. Even on a drizzly day the Dusky Dolphins came out to play. We saw many varieties of birds and the Sounds are beautiful no matter the weather.
Steve
⏳ 12-2021
4.9

Don’t leave Picton without experiencing Eko tours

Fantastic crew. Very knowledgeable. Took the time and made clients feel valued.
Scenery and wildlife was stunning.
Island walk definitely worthwhile.
Fantastic day.
Thanks
MellJB
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Amazing family experience

We had a great trip with knowledgeable guides. There will always be an element of luck, but I believe our guides really knew how to read the environment and find different species.

We had found a first pod of dusky dolphins in about 20 mins, king shags, gannets, other sea birds, and another pod all followed. On the island our guide knew exactly where to look for Grey robins and saddlebacks.

Coming home we were absolutely surrounded by both dusky and a few common dolphins, hunting, playing, and generally showing off. Amazing!

My 7 year old loved it and the guides were understanding of his needs as a younger visitor.
Katie
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Not to be missed

A tour not to be missed, amazing staff, very informative and amazing with my girls. So much wildlife to be seen in the sounds. Look forward to coming back and doing a different tour next time we are in Picton.
Lynne H
⏳ 12-2021
4.7

Not to be missed.

Paddy H
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

E Ko tours rock

This is a not to be missed tour. I took my grandson on this trip on Monday 12th July 2021 and he exclaimed he would remember it for the rest of his life. We saw so many dolphins and all types except orca. The Island was amazing with such friendly birds. They seem to be quite fearless especially the robins. It was truly magical.
jene468
4.9

Sounds Magic

Sara
4.9

Fabulous trip and staff, highly recommend

Fantastic and informative tour through the sounds and to the Bird sanctuary. Friendly and fun staff, a nice touch the pilot gris at the end. Would totally recommend. Learn about this beautiful part of NZ
damadev
4.9

Lovely tour

Nadia L
4.8

Definately worth it

My family and I spent an amazing afternoon with the E-Ko crew on this tour yesterday. First stop Hectors dolphins playing around the boat! Fantastic day out learning about the animals, birds, flora and fauna with our very knowledgeable guide and croaky captain :) Had an excellent day! Thanks very much team.
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