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E-Ko Tours

#4 of 16 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Picton Features Animals
1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 8040
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Ship Cove and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise
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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton
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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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  • Very good11%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Loved it. Fantastic experience and we were really lucky the dolphins were especially active. Staff were super friendly to boot! Well worth the money.More

Thank Chris I
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Kia Ora Chris , Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Always great to good comment about our knowledgeable staff and the fantastic experience you had with the dolphins. We are the only local company with qualified guides whom go through extensive training and its...More

Reviewed 1 April 2016

Half day trip out to see the beautiful birds on Motuara Island. We were lucky enough to also see some huge bottlenose dolphins who put on quite a show for us. Paul the captain was great as was his assistant. Great visit to some stunning...More

Thank TheSoundsRetreat
TikitheKiwi, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2016

Kia Ora , Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Always great to good comment about our knowledgeable staff and the fantastic experience you had . We are the only local company with qualified guides whom go through extensive training and its means alot when...More

Reviewed 31 March 2016

Our ship Noordam had an early dawn arrival at Picton, whose port filled with lumber required an early departure for us, before the pine beetle becomes active at dusk. Our morning excursion began with a van to town, where we boarded a small boat for...More

Thank Kathy C
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Kia Ora Kathy , Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Always great to good comment about our knowledgeable staff and the fantastic experience you had . We are the only local company with qualified guides whom go through extensive training and its means alot...More

Reviewed 30 March 2016

Today my husband swam with a pod of bottle nose dolphins in Marlborough Sounds. The tour company fitted him out with a wetsuit and we cruised up towards the end of the bay. The swimmers went into the water with the dolphins 3 times and...More

Thank Penny A
TikitheKiwi, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Kia Ora Penny , Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Always great to good comment about our knowledgeable staff and the fantastic experience you had . We are the only local company with qualified guides whom go through extensive training and its means alot...More

Reviewed 28 March 2016

I and my two daughters have just returned from this morning's dolphin watch tour run by E-Ko which I can honestly say was one of the most memorable experiences I or they have ever enjoyed.We have been fortunate to travel and experience many similar wildlife-themed...More

1  Thank Duncan S
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2016

Kia ora , Thanks for the great feedback and great to hear our staff did a wonderful job . Swimming with dolphins or viewing dolphins is a wonderful experience. Hope to see you again sometime.

Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

This is a very well run tour. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, good equipment. The scenery of the Marlborough Sounds is fabulous. Sadly, we didn't have the luck of the dolphin swim, though we did see some rare Hector's Dolphins (which are only found in New...More

Thank Henning G
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Hello Henning , Thanks for the positive feedback and we are glad you had a great experience. The hectors dolphins are fantastic to see and yes seeing babies is a special treat .

Reviewed 19 March 2016

We booked the "E-Ko Wildlife Tour", which included dolphin, penguins and birdwatching at Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. The trip started with some information from the crew about the wildlife in the sounds and then we got the opprtunity to see some of the dolphins. In...More

Thank Jan A
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2016

Kia ora, Thanks so much for your positive feedback . Yes this is the best tour in Marlborough and you do get to see multiple species of wildlife . Hope to see you again

Reviewed 15 March 2016

Sadly on our tour we were unable to find any dolphins to swim with. Eko boast an 85% success rate, so we must have been unlucky! We did however find lots of hector dolphins to watch (can't swim with them sadly as they're a protected...More

Thank TazzaG7
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2016

Hello Tazza , Thanks very much for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your experience . Yes the mother and calfs are very important for us locally as seeing the hector dolphin population grow locally is fantastic.

Reviewed 14 March 2016

We booked this primarily to go swimming with the dolphins. We arrived early to get our wet suits on, which for me was an experience all in itself, I am quite a well build bloke who had never put on a wet suit before. The...More

Thank Skwonsee
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2016

Hello Skwonsee, Thanks for our great feed back . Really nice to hear how well the staff looked after you. All the staff love seeing customers enjoy the beautiful area we live and enjoy the abundant wildlife .

Reviewed 14 March 2016

We had to go on a swimming with dolphins trip through lack of time (would have preferred birds/seals) but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Spent a lot of time with the vary rare and extremely beautiful Hectors Dolphins. Indeed the crew could not believe how many there...More

Thank tresure
TikitheKiwi, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2016

Kia Ora Tresure , Thanks so much for the wonderful review. Always great to good comment about our knowledgeable staff . We are the only local company with qualified guides whom go through extensive training and its means alot when our customers see the difference...More

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Sue G
14 January 2017|
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Response from Lynne F | Reviewed this property |
I would highly recommend the dolphin tour. It was magic. The little blue penguins are cute, but not worth missing out on the dolphins.
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Pat784
26 March 2016|
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Response from TikitheKiwi | Property representative |
Hi Pat, it is extremely calm and sheltered here in the Queen Charlotte Sound and seasickness is not an issue.
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