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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.

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

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


36 reviews

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Jess from United Kingdom wrote on 26 April 2018

A good morning out

Had fun, saw dolphins, but this time not any species we were allowed to swim with. Did get a partial refund though. Still really interesting and lovely views

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Lai Ka from Hong Kong wrote on 23 November 2017

Excellent Exp. & Professional n Caring Team

Nice and sunny weather today. Thanks for the professional E-ko team steer us to the Dolpins. We saw numbers of Dolpins swim around the cruise, seems like curious about us and wanna interact with. Also, special thanks for the swimmers group who sing really well and attract some Dolphins approaching towards us. Finally, we end up with a warm choco/coffee prepared by the crew, it's perfect.

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Gokul Poduval from New Zealand wrote on 18 September 2017

Dolphn View Experience

It was awesome and worth every penny. Would like to do more activities with E-Ko tours when I get to visit New Zealand again

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Heather from New Zealand wrote on 18 January 2018

Enthusiastic staff

Staff were very knowledgeable about the wildlife and the landscape/waters we were in and could answer our questions informatively. We saw Hector's dolphins, NZ fur seals and lots of birds. The boat was comfortable and the hot chocolate and biscuits were nice to have. The boat left Picton at 9am and we arrived back at 12.30pm so not the 4 hours that was advertised on this website.

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Sue Garnham from Canada wrote on 19 July 2017

Everything I hoped it would be!

We had the most amazing morning with Tristen and Alie. we saw over a hundred bottle nose dolphins, as well as some dusky. They were even able to find us blue penguins & king shag. We learned so much about the wild life and habitat of Marlborough Sound. Highly recommend this excursion! Sue

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