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Address: 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand (Formerly Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours)
Phone Number:
+64 3-573 8040
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description:

We provide award-winning, wildlife and conservation focused guided cruises...

We provide award-winning, wildlife and conservation focused guided cruises and dolphin swimming experiences through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for our Dolphin Swim or View Experience or you could take part in our fully guided cruises to your choice of bird sanctuary islands or Historic Ship Cove.

A clean green paradise of bush and sea full of natural beauty, history and wildlife is waiting to be explored and experienced.

E-Ko Tours is Qualmark Enviro-Gold certified and the only local operator able to actively search for Dolphins. We provide degree qualified, professional guides on all our Tours.

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US$121.07*
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Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
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US$72.64*
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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton
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Wildlife and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise from Picton

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Wildlife trip

Had a very enjoyable afternoon and got to see common dolphins and penguins our guide Guiya was great highlight of our hol so far

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jenny F
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Mow Cop, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We booked this tour as a group of 8 as a fun trip out with friends before Christmas, we had a great day but didn't see Dolphins We booked this tour through Book Me NZ so we got a discount on the ticket price of the tour, we were told by E-Ko Tours that we are eligible for a partial... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Booked through a cruise ship. Get on board only to find there are not enough seats for all passengers. Some people had to sit outside in the rain (and freezing cold) whilst a few others (my self included) had to stand up the entire time. We did the 2 hours wildlife cruise and walk at the nature reserve. The nature... More 

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Mow Cop, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a very enjoyable afternoon and got to see common dolphins and penguins our guide Guiya was great highlight of our hol so far

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Thank Jenny F
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an amazing time, although we did not get to actually swim with the dolphins. We did however see the rare Hector's Dolphin with the even more rare sight of them with their calves. That made it well worth it! We did receive a partial refund for not being able to actually swim with the dolphins and we were... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though we couldn't swim or find other pods of dolphins it was still an awesome cruise out in the sounds

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Thank Rebecca C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly didn't get to swim with dolphins so overall disappointing experience. Saw a few smaller dolphins, totalling maybe 7 dolphins across 2 pods, over the course of the half day and as these were all hector dolphins were told we could not swim with these. Had thought that swimming with dolphins was only weather dependent once found but this isn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did a 2 hour boat tour with a 45 minute stop at a wildlife reserve. I hadn't read the brochure properly so wasn't expecting the uphill walk to a lookout mid tour but the view was worth it (wear good shoes - my sandals weren't quite up to the task). Not a great tour for very unfit or frail... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our very knowledgeable guide Paul took us by boat to the wildlife sanctuary at Shakespeare Bay where a young ranger took us up a beautiful and sometimes challenging track to see the local environment and appreciate the amazing efforts being made to provide safe habitat for Little Blue penguins and other native wildlife. The second part of the tour took... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ultimately didn't want to do the swim in Picton anyway but due to recent events Kaikoura wasn't an option! I have met people who have done it at both places and everybody has said Kaikoura is the place to go - more chance of swimming with the Dolphins and much more interaction. I booked through book-me, which outlined the... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WOWWWWWWWSSERRR!!! Amazing, swan with wild dolphins. Bottled nosed, and dusky dolphins. Beautiful and wild. You cannot touch them, only observe them but what a view. The mother and calf swam up to the boat after we had swam with them at least three times. What an experience. Gaia and her english work colleague were professional, kind and very good at... More 

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