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E-Ko Wildlife Tour - Picton

See the very best of the Queen Charlotte Sound.


  • Beautiful afternoon boat cruise of the Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Abundant marine wildlife viewings of Dolphins, seabirds and much more
  • Take a nature walk on historic Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Returning to Picton for stunning scenery and views along the way

This scenic boat cruise takes guests out for a stunning afternoon tour of the Queen Charlotte Sound.

The cruise lasts 4 hours and provides guests with the chance of viewing 5 different dolphin species and many rare and wonderful sea birds.

It also includes a fully guided bush walk on historic Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary before returning to Picton.

Cruise calm sheltered waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound

Exclusive no Seasickness guarantee

Experienced captains with fun and informative commentary

Personalised small fully guided group tour (1-15 ratio)

Onboard binoculars for viewing wildlife

Amazing photo opportunities so close you only need a phone

Complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits

Complimentary local wine and mussels on afternoon tour

Kids toys, books and drawing boards

Free high-quality wildlife photos in shop

Bottlenose, Dusky, Hectors Dolphins and Orca

Travel with E-Ko and Support local Conservation efforts

Adult $99.00
Child $55.00


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • Look for the Dolphins and Seal outside

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Child price applies to ages 5-15 years, under 5's can be added for $30 as you proceed through checkout.

    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.

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


9 reviews

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Katrien Vermeulen from Belgium wrote on 11 December 2018


Amazing tour, with an excellent guide. And the kiwi's were a plus.

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garethm4 from New Zealand wrote on 21 October 2018

Nature cruise

Very friendly and knowledgeable crew.

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From E-Ko Wildlife Tour - Picton

Thank you for taking the time to post some feedback and to give us 5 stars :) We appreciate the support.

ablurtont from New Zealand wrote on 27 December 2017



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Ray Hayes from New Zealand wrote on 18 March 2014

Bird lovers trip

The trip was ok. More geared towards bird lovers than I expected. Staff were very pleasant.

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Jo & Fran from New Zealand wrote on 05 January 2014

Eco Nature tour for all

Fantastic tour - just what we wanted and more than expected! Was a great birthday gift and really enjoyable. Brilliant and informative staff and crew. Catered well for all on cruise, young and old. Highly recommended

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