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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 sample

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 a free sample of award-winning local wine (or hot drink and cookies!)

On our way back to base we will stop and view any additional wildlife 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.

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.

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.

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. 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

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

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Richard Longbons from United States wrote on 20 March 2020

Wonderful trip

Wonderful sightings of dolphins and birds both in the sounds and on the island walk. Nice voat, wonderful, friendly and informative captain and guide. Lucky to have fantastic weather. Would totally recommend it.

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Thank you for touring with us, so glad you enjoyed your trip and got to experience NZ wonderful wildlife with us!

Rowena from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2020

Awesome experience dolphin and wildlife tour

We had a great trip out to the Island with friendly and experienced staff. We saw some beautiful birds and were lucky enough to see three Hector’s dolphins on the way back. Very enjoyable afternoon.

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Kia Ora, it is so lovely for people to appreciate our native birds! Glad you all enjoyed the tour. Thank you

Teresa from New Zealand wrote on 08 March 2020

Motuara Island Sanctuary Dolphin Watching Tour

A epic journey was enjoyed by me and my daughter we highly recommend friendly staff we wore lucky to see 2 types of dolphins and other wildlife ?

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Glad you enjoyed your day, thank you for touring with us!

Shannon Reid from Canada wrote on 06 March 2020

Great experience!

Saw dolphins, seals and various birds. It was great!

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Thank you for touring with us, glad you had a good day out.

Niall Stewart from United Kingdom wrote on 03 March 2020

Great cruise

Great cruise. Lots of sea animals and frequent stops to see them. On the return journey, the driver took his shoes and socks off and steered the boat with his bare feet...

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From Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

Glad you enjoyed your tour!

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