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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton provided by E-Ko Tours

Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton
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About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Make your own way to the base shop (address to be provided on voucher) along Picton waterfront at 8.30am, where you’ll meet your guide and take part in a safety briefing before boarding your boat. Once you understand the conservation rules and know how to act around the dolphins, it’s time to set sail across the Marlborough Sounds. Admire the dramatic scenery as you glide out around the inlets, and see if you can spot the five different species of dolphin that frequent the waters - Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca, and the rare Hector's dolphins. Make the most of the on-board binoculars and wildlife cards to help you identify marine animals and sea birds along the way, and learn more about the varied wildlife of the Sounds from your knowledgeable guide. If you’re lucky, you’ll have chance to spot a school of dolphins, and get as close as possible to watch them swimming, playing, and leaping around the boat. As you watch the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, hear fascinating facts from your guide, and learn more about the conservation rules and regulations that have been put in place to ensure their preservation. After around four hours at sea, warm up with hot drinks and cookies as you cruise back to shore, then end your tour back at Picton waterfront. Please note: We are Picton's only Dolphin Swimming and viewing operator, ensuring a personalized experience, and our Department of Conservation permits allows us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 29441P5
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Beverages • Professional guide
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2–4 hours
Departure details
E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Inclusions
Beverages • Professional guide
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Duration
2–4 hours
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    E-Ko Tours
    1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Marlborough Sounds
  • You'll end at
    E-Ko Tours
    1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    See address & details
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4.5
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frances s
79 contributions
Great trip, good dolphin viewing and knowledgable staff.
Oct 2020
Excellent tour. Knowledgable and friendly captain and guide. We had a great viewing of both a pod of dusky and common dolphins. The walk to the top of the hill was interesting and the views nice. Weather wasn't great, but no one can be blamed for that!!!
Written 4 November 2020
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Captain Paul K
Thanks for the Positive feedback :-)
Written 22 May 2021
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J Sheppard
3 contributions
Afternoon adventure
Aug 2020
E-Ko Tours is a very professional and environmentally friendly company. Staff are very knowledgeable about the natural environment. Excellent.
Written 31 August 2020
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LoftyFrance
Antibes, France123 contributions
Amazing
This was an amazing awesome morning highlight was seeing the hectos dolphin such a rare animal and privilege. Then to walk on the island to see the birds and views great !
Written 25 February 2020
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josephinewekotours
Glad you enjoyed the hectors, they are amazing. Thank you
Written 6 March 2020
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Shamarvelous
4 contributions
Superb tour
Jul 2019 • Family
Very informative commentary by Tania and friendly skipper Andy was great with kids on board. We were lucky to spot so many pods of dolphins and even “ghost “ on our tour. Bird life was interesting and we were lucky with great winter weather. Hot drinks n biscuits on way back plus wine n mussels was a bonus. Service from E-ko tours was very good. I would highly recommend them.
Written 19 July 2019
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Thanks for positive feedback :-)
Written 23 July 2019
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Charlotte M
London, UK15 contributions
Great company with a lovely ethos
I did both the dolphin half day cruise and rented an electric moped. Can’t recommend these guys enough. The group for dolphin cruise was small and personal not packed up to nines like a few I saw leave harbour and the staff were friendly and passionate about their work along with a conservation ethos and respect for wildlife. We were lucky enough to see and experience a pod of hector dolphins, sea lion just chilling in the sun, a blue penguin and a variety of rare sea birds. If you choose any cruise would definitely recommend for an amazing personal experience.
Electric moped was a great way to get out and about from Picton without renting a car.
Written 17 February 2019
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Thanks for positive feedback :-)
Written 23 July 2019
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Jane M
Clapham, UK126 contributions
Fun morning
A perfect morning weather wise very calm & stunning scenery. Well organised knowledgeable staff Tania & Gary worked very hard to ensure we all had a good time . Although we weren’t lucky enough to swim with dolphins. We did have a amazing time seeing the Hector dolphins very rare type . They were in a playful mood we saw about 20 and they stayed about the boat a long time .. great for photography! we also saw blue penguins & seals plenty of birds .
An excellent morning..
Thank you
Written 29 January 2019
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Thanks for Positive feedback :-)
Written 9 February 2019
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DarcySOP
7 contributions
Awesome tour!
Excellent customer experience from booking, tour guide and captain. We saw dusky dolphins, heaps of fur seals and birds. Highly recommended!
Written 1 September 2018
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Thanks for positive feedback :-)
Written 8 November 2018
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myrnanikita
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Playful Hector Dolphins and a fantastic crew!
Mar 2018 • Solo
I had a great time talking to captain Andy and photographer Rob while our guide Tanja searched the waters for Dolphins with her top notch binoculars. We found our first Dolphins in a bay and lucky for us, they were very keen to interact with us. The 'little white torpedos' swam under the boat and came really close. They even did some acrobatics and jumps! Tanja could not stop filming (Quote: "You know something is good when even the guide takes out her camera!")

The team of E-ko tours knows this area really well and are passionate about what they do. I liked it so much that I booked another tour (Wildlife Tour) with them the same day! Needles to say I would definitely recommend this company.
Written 9 March 2018
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jekrentz
Saint Paul, MN39 contributions
Dolphins Dolphins and More Dolphins
Feb 2018 • Family
We were on a cruise ship that docked in Picton and were very happy we chose this tour. We opted to view and were not disappointed with the approx 60 dolphins that surrounded the boat, including mothers with babies and jumping dolphins. The tour took 2 hours since we were quick to spot the dolphins and the 2 passengers who swam with them did so twice. Also enjoyed a nature walk close to the boat after the tour.
Written 18 February 2018
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Kia Ora , fantastic you got to enjoy so much in such a short period , its a magic spot , Picton , come back some time :-)
Written 8 March 2018
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By: E-Ko Tours
Lynne H
Lynne H
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Not to be missed.
This is a not to be missed tour. I took my grandson on this trip on Monday 12th July 2021 and he exclaimed he woul
Paddy H
Paddy H
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E Ko tours rock
Fantastic and informative tour through the sounds and to the Bird sanctuary. Friendly and fun staff, a nice touch t
Excursion48078498916
Excursion48078498916
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Great trip
Great trip Great staff lucky to see a pod of Dolphins Why do we have to write 100 characters some of us don't write
jene468
jene468
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Sounds Magic
My family and I spent an amazing afternoon with the E-Ko crew on this tour yesterday. First stop Hectors dolphins p
ArasNaneek52
ArasNaneek52
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Fabulous trip and staff, highly recommend
Lovely half day out on the boat yesterday. Really impressed with the staff and their expert guiding. Well worth doi
damadev
damadev
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Lovely tour
The crew was very friendly and even though we didn’t spot any dolphins it was worth the trip. Lovely day!
NadiaL2066
NadiaL2066
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Definately worth it
I did a last minute booking because I was keeping an eye on the weather. So glad I decided to book this trip-even t
gwendah2015524
gwendah2015524
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Wonderful trip thoroughly recommended
Wonderful trip to Motuara Island. The guide, Nikki, was enthusiastic and knowledgable and clearly loved the wildlif
NakiGingham
NakiGingham
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Awesome Tour, must do
We had a wonderfull tour and I highly recommend this for all Kiwis - visit your own back yard! The tour was to Mot
Tanya C
Tanya C
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Stunning scenery
Professionally run tour, saw beautiful Hector dolphins. Motuara is stunning, saw robins but not a lot of birds, but
YuneneB
YuneneB
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Family friendly and stunning
We did a morning cruise as we had an afternoon ferry to catch. These guys were the only company which returned in p
sara_fearon
sara_fearon
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Great way to spend a day in Picton
Ended up on this one instead of the short afternoon one, due to booking numbers on the day. But it was great, got t
rozinz
rozinz
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Best day Eva!
I can't imagine anyone regretting booking this trip. My kids (5,7 and 11yrs) kept saying "Best day ever". We were t
Gingerchopper
Gingerchopper
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Excellent tour.
Everything. Was superb. The wildlife we saw, the skipper, the guide, the comfort of the boat, the kindness and enjo
louiselU4785QW
louiselU4785QW
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Disappointing dolphin swim
The staff were lovely and the boat trip was nice. We were meant to swim with dolphins but couldn’t as there were no
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