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Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Join the award-winning team at E-ko Tours on their signature Marlborough Sounds Dolphin & wildlife cruise!

Highlights

  • Fully guided Dolphin & wildlife tour
  • Dolphin watching – 90% encounter rate!
  • See NZ Fur Seals & multiple bird species
  • 1-hour nature lover’s walk on Motuara Island
  • FREE wine samples & mussels

Embark on an unforgettable conservation focused journey through one of New Zealand’s abundant wildlife havens.

This breathtaking Dolphin & wildlife cruise is the ultimate way to get up close and personal to resident Dolphins, Seals & Birdlife!

We have a 90% Dolphin encounter rate as we cruise the crystal clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds to Motuara Island. The Dolphins are very curious and love to show off with flips and summersaults! Keep an eye out for the cheeky NZ Fur Seals - they often make an appearance on our tours too!

Once we have reached the Island we’ll head out on a relaxed pace 1-hour nature lover’s walk where you’ll learn all about the history of this iconic Island, including, the native flora & fauna, and of course, see, hear, and encounter the Island birds.

When our time on the Island is done, we’ll head back to the boat where you’ll be offered free samples of award-winning local wine and mussels (or hot drink and cookies!)

On our way back to base we will stop off if any additional wildlife is spotted, otherwise, it’s the perfect way to wind down after an unforgettable tour - simply sit back, relax and take in the stunning surrounds as we cruise back to shore.

Departure Point: We are located conveniently on Picton’s main waterfront with car parking close by and only a 1-minute walk from the main street. Just look for the Dusky Dolphin outside our shop.

Adult $129.00
Child $65.00
Infant $30.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages 5-15 years

    Infant price applicable for 0-4 years

    Conditions: Customers must confirm their Booking the Day before departure. Customers must supply contact phone number at a time off Booking. Discounted Fare T/C, No Refunds for Non Dolphin Viewing. 15% Partial Refund for Non Dolphin Swimming. Full Refund if cancelled by E-ko from Bookme. E-ko reserves the right to cancel any time up to 30 minutes before Departure. Must show proof of Bookme Booking at Check-in.

    Subject to minimum numbers to Operate.

Available Bookings from December 16 to December 22

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec
Fri 20 Dec
Sat 21 Dec
Sun 22 Dec

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.80
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.80
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.80
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.80
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.80
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$76.80
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.90
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$102.90
  • Child$57.90
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$129.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$102.90
  • Child$57.90
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$102.90
  • Child$57.90
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$102.90
  • Child$57.90
  • Infant$30.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$102.90
  • Child$57.90
  • Infant$30.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Katie from New Zealand wrote on 27 June 2019

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Amazing Experience - DO NOT MISS

This was one of the best things I have done. We had two young children and the staff and guides went above and beyond to ensure everything went smoothly. They were knowledgeable on all the wildlife and local area, the views and scenery aren’t found anywhere else and the wildlife was everywhere. If you ever have a chance to do this cruise it would be too good to miss.

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Thank you Katie, your family were a delight to host on our tour. It is certainly not hard to have a lovely time out enjoying the Queen Charlotte Sounds and all the wildlife that it has to offer. Hope to see you guys again soon. :)

darren from New Zealand wrote on 03 June 2019

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epic trip

couldn't have been better. seen so much wildlife. couldn't have asked for anymore from the crew. absolutely brilliant day out. I highly recommend this tour to anyone travelling to picton area. we were very lucky to see whales which was the icing on the cake. thanks again

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Our trips at E-Ko Tours are most definitely EPIC!! So glad you had an amazing experience, thank you for your feedback.

Joanallie from Philippines wrote on 27 May 2019

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Nice Experience

Accommodating staff

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Thank you for your feedback so pleased you had a nice experience with E-Ko Tours.

Portia Harrison from New Zealand wrote on 11 April 2019

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Short and sweet

Staff were helpful and friendly. Cruise was good with seating options outside, search for animals and informative on walk (with history about the area as well as the native plants). Saw lots of Seals and birds but not alot of dolphins (weather wasn’t great and they were busy feeding).

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

I am glad you enjoyed our 4hr cruise and walk around the Queen Charlotte Sounds, even on overcast days there is lots to see.

Wilhelmus from Netherlands wrote on 01 April 2019

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We love this trip!

Captain Jef and guide Tanja made our trip very interesting because of their knowledge of the environment we were looking for birds and seals and dolphins!!

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

We are very glad that you enjoyed your trip with E-Ko Tours

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