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Motuara Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Tour Ex Picton

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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 $99.00
Child $55.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours duration for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • 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.

Available Bookings from February 20 to February 26

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

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6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$55.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$55.00

12spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$55.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$55.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$59.00
  • Child$55.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.00
  • Child$49.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.00
  • Child$49.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.00
  • Child$49.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.00
  • Child$49.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.00
  • Child$49.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$79.00
  • Child$49.00

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

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Edgar from Germany wrote on 08 February 2018

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Wonderful experience!

Nice Dolphins and Birds!

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Zoe leonard from Australia wrote on 14 January 2019

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Great way to see the sounds and its wildlife

Friendly staff. Comfy boat with no motion sickness for myself and son who normally get sea sick. Refreshments on way back. Would have liked to have spent longer with the dolphins once we had found them

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Jacki Lenton from New Zealand wrote on 20 December 2018

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Awesome day out

The Marlborogh sounds is one of my favorite places. The staff on this trip were fun, informative nut clearly passionate about what they which added to the experience. Added bonus was the boat being surrounded by a large pop of bottle nose dolphins; )

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Jessica Gatward from New Zealand wrote on 06 May 2017

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Amazing experience seeing the beautiful sounds

Great experience- would definitely recommend. Saw lots of wildlife and was lucky enough to see the rare hector dolphins up so close. Our tour guides were so friendly and knowledgable!

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Jiwoo from South Korea wrote on 02 January 2017

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Nice experience

Guide was sooo kind and scenary was really beautiful. Island was soooo nice a way to go there also really great trip.

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