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The E-Ko Whale & Wildlife Cruise ex Picton


Embark on an unforgettable Wildlife Cruise to experience an amazing insight into New Zealand's little-known whaling history while spotting local wildlife along the way!


  • Cruise through NZ's only Marine Mammal Sanctuary with expert guides
  • Collect data for the Department of Conservation as you learn to spot Whales with binoculars
  • Discover Queen Charlotte Sound and explore the historic Perano Whaling Station
  • Hear the untold story of Whaling in NZ, it's history and learn about Ocean Conservation
  • Possibility of seeing NZ Fur Seals, whales, dolphins, sea birds and more!
  • Enjoy complimentary hot drinks & snacks or local wine and local mussels

Join E-Ko Tours for an unforgettable day on the water!

Departing from Picton, we cruise through the best location in NZ to spot whales on their annual migration. The dramatic surrounding cliff faces and snow-capped mountains ensure super calm waters and provide the perfect back-drop while we search for whales and local wildlife.

Onboard, you'll have the unique opportunity to participate in collecting research information for the Department of Conservation. Your expert guides will show you how to spot Whales with binoculars - if spotted, your sightings will be officially lodged and the first person to spot a Whale wins a FREE T-Shirt!

At the historic Perano Whaling Station, you'll learn all about current whale research as well as re-live NZ history in the whaling era by way of a fascinating audio-visual presentation. Enjoy wandering through the station and get an idea of what it was like to be a whaler two centuries ago!

As we cruise through the majestic Queen Charlotte Sound to the Tory Channel we look out for all sorts of wildlife, which include 5 species of dolphin, New Zealand Fur Seals, Albatross, Little Blue penguins, Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, Endangered King Shags and more.

To top it all off, this all-encompassing tour includes a hot beverage and biscuits or a sample of local wine and local mussels. What a way to end the day!

Adult $145.00
Child $125.00 (12 - 15 years)

What's included

  • Experienced expert guides on-board
  • Visit to Perano Whaling Station
  • Binoculars for spotting whales
  • Complimentary hot drinks and biscuits or Local Wine and Local Mussels


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • The Waterfront, 1 Wellington Street, Picton

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Child Age 12 - 15 years. Trip is subject to minimum numbers to Operate.
  • No Seasickness Guarantee.

    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.

Available Bookings from 08 Dec to 14 Dec 2022

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  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$116.00
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$99.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$116.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$99.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

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laureng3 from United Kingdom wrote on 14 July 2020


We were booked on the whale watch tour but this was cancelled due to weather, we then booked onto the dolphin swim which i cannot recommend enough! Knowledgeable and informative staff very friendly, and we got some great photos too! A must do in Picton!

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