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Picton - The E-Ko Dolphin Viewing Tour

Dolphin Viewing in the very calm waters of New Zealand's famous Marlborough Sounds.


  • View the majestic dolphins in their natural environment
  • Encounter dusky and bottlenose dolphins, with the chance to come across the very rare Hector's dolphins
  • Abundant wildlife spotting and photographic opportunities
  • Beautiful location with a relaxed cruise on the calm waters of the Marlborough Sounds

Experience dolphins in their natural environment on an incredible cruise in the famous Marlborough Sounds!

Our Dolphin Eco-tours provide an excellent opportunity to view dolphins in calm and sheltered waters.

You can expect to encounter dusky and bottlenose dolphins, and we may also have a chance to encounter the very rare Hector's dolphins at times.

We also visit New Zealand fur seals and spot a variety of seabirds like blue Penguins, Gannets and Shags on the water.

Our knowledgeable skipper and guide will provide you with an informed and interesting commentary on the wildlife encountered along with local history of the Marlborough Sounds.

There is plenty of time allowed for photography, an all important part of many people's experiences here in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Trip Duration: 2-4 hours depending on the location of the Dolphins. (Subject to min numbers).

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Picton Dolphin Swimming!

Adult $99.00
Child $55.00

What's included

  • Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • 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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Wencke from Germany wrote on 22 March 2016

***** outstanding

we saw a bunch of hectors who played around the catamaran, lots of penguins and seals. Three seals enjoyed the swimmers - no further dolphins to swim with. I'd prefer to know that the sailing started at 9.00 and viewers needn't to check in with the swimmers

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Chrissie Patterson from New Zealand wrote on 03 January 2016

Terrific morning

Great weather, lots of dolphins, friendly crew. What could be better?

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Bret Johnson from United States wrote on 13 March 2015

Dream come true

I had such an amazing experience with the dolphin swimming. We were really lucky to have such a clear day that we got to go out to port gore and see some of these amazing creatures. Normally they don't go out that far but I'm very lucky to have experienced it. The staff was fantastic and I recoemend to anyone to swim with dolphins in Picton.

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Thomas Flachmeier from Germany wrote on 13 March 2015

Unfortunately no swimming possible

We did see some little Hector dolphins but couldn't find any dolphins we were allowed to swim with. The crew was very friendly, funny and knew alot about wildlife in the sounds. In the end we saw some fur seals and could swim with them - at least :)

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Cara Hopkins from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2015

Amazing tour!

Larissa and Tristan were brilliant tour guides, very enthusiastic and knowledgable about the Marlborough Sounds and all its wildlife. Even though we couldnt swim with dolphins we did have the opportunity to swim with some seals which was a great experience. We were even offered a partial refund as we didnt swim with the dolphins, I would definitely recomment this tour.

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