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Picton - The E-Ko Dolphin Swimming Tour


Swim with the dolphins and be at one with nature in the calm waters of New Zealand’s beautiful Marlborough Sounds!


  • Swim with and view dolphins in their natural environment
  • Encounter the dusky and bottlenose dolphins with potential to come across the very rare Hector's dolphins
  • Abundant wildlife viewing of fur seals, seabirds, blue Penguins, Gannets and Shags
  • Beautiful location on the Marlborough Sounds

Our Dolphin Eco-tours provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim and view dolphins in their natural environment.

Get up close and personal to dusky and bottlenose dolphins and you may also have a chance to encounter the very rare Hector's dolphins.

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 Viewing!

Adult $180.00
Child $155.00 (12-15 years old)

What's included

  • Coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be available


  • Minimum age 12 years old.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Please Note: All bookings MUST CONTACT THE TOUR OPERATOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS (OR ASAP) BEFORE DEPARTURE, to ensure there are enough bookings to run the tour.

  • Child price applies to ages 12-15 years.

    Our success rate for locating and swimming with dolphins is a massive 80%! In the event that you are not able to swim with the dolphins, you may be entitled to a 15% refund.

    Partial refunds for non dolphin sightings do not apply to discounted bookings.

    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 14 Aug to 20 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Bookings close in 1 hour...

  • Adult$143.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$143.50

  • Adult$140.70
  • Child$143.50

  • Adult$143.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$143.50

  • Adult$140.70 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$143.50

  • Adult$143.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$143.50

  • Adult$143.90 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$143.50

  • Adult$140.70 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$143.50

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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Audrey from United Kingdom wrote on 18 March 2020


We had an amazing time. Nothing was missing: sun, great team,smooth sea, and obviously the dolphins ?! We were lucky enough to swim 3 short times with a herd of bottlenose dolphins who were in the mood of being social (as they usually travel without stopping). A cup of cocoa and some cookies while watching them slide under the boat was a perfect finish to this unforgettable morning!!

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Kia Ora Audrey, sounds perfect :) thank you

Adam from Czech Republic wrote on 15 March 2020


A really unique experience done with respect to wildlife in mind. Coolest and coldest things we’ve done during the trip around New Zealand.

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Luciana c from Argentina wrote on 04 March 2020

Amazing day

We were able to see 8 hector dolphins for over an hour, playing around the boat. Then the weather changed and we weren't able to swim with dolphins,but we got in the water anyway and a refund was arranged . The guide spoke great english easy to understand for non natives

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Kia Ora Luciana, so glad you had an amazing day :) thank you for your feedback

Verena from Germany wrote on 27 March 2019

Very disappointing

Tour was cancelled one hour before boarding.

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Kia Ora Verena, Unfortunately, you made your booking the day before and you were the only person booked on the swim for this day. We kept the booking system open until the last hour, as it was still summer and we would regularly get bookings come through during the night. I am assuming that you did not call the day before to confirm the booking, and as such, you were unaware that we only had your booking for the next morning's swim tour and hence your disappointment and surprise that the tour was cancelled one hour before boarding. Kind regards, Sophia

cashanb from New Zealand wrote on 27 January 2022

Wonderful Morning

Courtney and Paul took us out for a beautiful morning on the Sounds. We learned about the area and the different dolphins we would see. We were treated to a magical encounter with the rare Hector's dolphin - a large group stayed with our boat! What a blessing to see so many of such a rare species. It did mean we could not swim with them, nor with the dusky dolphins we saw as they had a juvenile, but it was a truly memorable day to see the Hectors. You can tell that the staff love their work and care for the animals, as their comfort is prioritised. Partial refund offered as we couldn't swim with them, but this company deserves all of the business it can get. Dedicated staff, great wetsuits and masks to use for the tour and a fantastic experience in the Sounds!

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