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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$121.32*
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Half-Day Dolphin Swimming Eco-Tour from Picton
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Wildlife and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise from Picton
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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

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If you want to see dolphins, this is the trip for you

We went swimming with dolphins - they came very close - less than a meter - a pity you are not allowed to pet them as that wouldn't be good for them. Lifetime experience!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Roland O
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Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went swimming with dolphins - they came very close - less than a meter - a pity you are not allowed to pet them as that wouldn't be good for them. Lifetime experience!

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Thank Roland O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the best thing I have done in New Zealand! Unbelievable how much fun can be had in the Sounds with the Dusky dolphin. Don't miss out. Very experienced guides.

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Thank Mike M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the wildlife tour. We had a wonderful time. We got to see dolphins feeding and heaps of birds. Our tour guide and skipper we very knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely check out one of their tours.

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Thank Theresa P
Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I have just returned from a dolphin swim with E-Ko Tours. It was an incredible experience and was worth every cent! The guides with us were fantastic and kept us constantly informed as they tried to find some dolphins for us to swim with. The first pod we encountered weren't very interested in playing with us, which... More 

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Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, thanks so much for your kind review it's always very rewarding to hear about the amazing experience our guests have our here in the Queen Charlotte Sound. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dolphin swim experience with these guys is a must thing on your bucket list of what to do in NZ. The professional team of guides and the amazing skipper made us all feel very welcome and safe. The boat trip out to the swimming spots was a lovely thing to do in itself but the opportunity to swim (and... More 

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Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Hi Caroline, really glad to hear you had a great time out on your dolphin swim experience with E-Ko Tours here in Picton. We are so fortunately to have the diversity of life we do here in Picton and out in the Sound and it was a pleasure to share it with you. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Warm welcome, friendly staff at the office. David the guide was welcoming and informative, the driver was incredibly friendly with everyone. Both made sure we all had a good time. Took time to see the local wildlife and actively sought outcome wildlife. Fantastic trip.

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Thank Charles H
Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Hi Charles, glad to hear you had a good time out in the Sound with us. We do spend a lot of time and effort training our staff to deliver these quality wildlife experience and hearing that our guests have thoroughly enjoyed themselves while out on tour is really great. Thanks for coming! More 

Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing incredible worth every penny. Saw 2 types of dolphins and seals then manage to swim with them

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Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Hey Rosie, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. So glad to hear to an excellent time out in the Sound. Be sure to pop in next time you're visiting Picton! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great experience with E-Ko tours (wildlife and bird sanctuary tour). The guides know a lot and like to show and teach you about the area and all the wildlife. It was very interesting. During our trip we saw a seal, hector dolphins, all different kind of birds and an adorable baby blue pinguin. I can certainly recommend... More 

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Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, sounds like you had an awesome trip out in the Sound, there certainly is a wide variety of wildlife we can see. Glad you enjoyed your trip, enjoy the rest of your holiday! More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As keen birdwatchers we had booked - at the company's recommendation - and paid for weeks in advance, their sunrise tour option which allows for long periods on two islands. With little more than a day before the tour they advised us it was cancelled and that a single island alternative was also vulnerable to cancellation. It seems so early... More 

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Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Mike, not sure if you felt it but there was actually a 7.5 earthquake during the night and things were a bit crazy here in Picton that morning. Given the events of the evening it was unsurprising when you did not check-in for the tour on time that morning. Despite your failure to check-in and our very clear cancellation policy... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very enjoyable experience and professional staff. Totally worth it! We were on the boat for more than three hours and the staff spotted the dolphins. Some of us went swimming with them, some staid aboard. The water is quite cold though, only 15 degrees. They lend you wet suit and mask and snorkel.

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Thank Anles12
Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

Hi there sounds like you had a bit of an adventure our in the sound for 3 hours dolphin spotting. Great that you found some and had an excellent swim. More 

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