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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

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Highlights
  • Enjoy a biologist-led, conservation-focused tour of Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Spot native and rare birds that are threatened on New Zealand's mainland
  • Hike and bird-watch on Motuara Island, and refuel with hot drinks on board
  • Group size capped at 15 travelers for a more personalized experience
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Overview
Discover Marlborough’s native wildlife on a half-day, small-group Queen Charlotte Sound cruise from Picton that includes a nature walk on the Motuara Island bird sanctuary. Marine biologist guides share insights into Marlborough’s fascinating critters as you watch for seals and five species of dolphin, then get a glimpse of a pristine New Zealand forest on predator-free Motuara Island—home to native blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, and more.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Picton waterfront, where you board a vessel bound for the Queen Charlotte Sound, navigating past a maze of inlets and channels. Keep your camera ready throughout the cruise, as you will likely spot fur seals, seabirds, and native dolphins on the scenic trip to Motuara Island. Here and throughout the tour, the onboard marine biologists share facts and background on the wildlife you encounter.
At Motuara Island, stretch your legs on a guided nature hike and seek out some of the island’s blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, robins, native pigeons, and kakariki, or yellow-crowned parakeets. This is a great chance to see rare New Zealand species, as the birds of Motuara Island are able to nest and breed without interference from invasive predators.
Following the nature hike, enjoy the return cruise to Picton, with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies served along the way.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My friend and I booked the tour on the day recommended by the staff and it was just as they described it; mostly clear weather with a light breeze and calm seas. As a result, we were able to see spot many wildlife including spotted...More

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TikiB22, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

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Reviewed 27 May 2019 via mobile

We had a lovely afternoon boat ride out to motuara island. The staff were great. They were very informative and looked after us. We saw lots of intersting birds, seals and a couple of hector's dolphins and the view from the lookout on the island...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 27 April 2019

Captain Paul and guide Tania were awesome. Our family had such a good time. Of course, it helps that the weather was perfect and the wildlife were feeling cooperative. We saw Australasian gannets, Hector’s dolphins, fluttering shearwaters, a blue penguin, South Island robins (the other...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 26 April 2019 via mobile

I went on the wildlife tour with Tania as our guide. She and Andy, the captain, were extremely friendly and fun. They definitely made the whole experience even better. Both of them are very passionate about their jobs and really committed to giving us the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 17 April 2019

it was a great half day tour through the sounds. our guide tania was knowledgable, positive and really interested in showing us the scenes, also the capitan and the others were pretty nice as providing snacks and good vibe music. totally recommandable :-)

Date of experience: April 2019
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Dolphins in the area are very common, but always you can ask the company tour how lucky it been on the past week ..there are wild animal, but the day of the trip the crew members and the driver of the boat were doing a big... More
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