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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

By E-Ko Tours
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 3–4 hours
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • National Park fees
  • Light refreshments
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Start:
  • E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Follow the BLUE line from the Visitor Information Center with the sea on your left until you reach E-Ko Tours - look out for the seal! Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 29441P3

    • Most travellers can participate
    • 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • You'll start at
      E-Ko Tours
      1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
      Follow the BLUE line from the Visitor Information Center with the sea on your left until you reach E-Ko Tours - look out for the seal! Check-in 15 minutes prior to departure
      See address & details
    • 1
      E-Ko Tours
      Stop: 30 minutes
      See details
    • 2
      Motuara Island
      Stop: 60 minutes
      See details
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • E-Ko Tours
      630
      Picton, New Zealand
      Joined in October 2009
    • Natwhal
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Fantastic afternoon trip. We saw lots of sea birds but sadly no penguins or dolphins (just the luck of the draw!) But otherwise a great trip with informative Captain and tour guide. We also had a glass of local wine on the return trip!
      Written 22 April 2024
    • katherinepE1472RZ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      If you want a great trip, use this company!
      Fantastic trip, with very knowledgable guides. We had plenty of time to see the wildlife and hear about the history of the area. They were kind enough to take us out the day before our booking as the weather the following day was going to be bad. 10 out of 10 to the young lady in the booking office who was asked by some Americans if they would get a refund if they didn't see any Dolphins, and managed to not give them the answer that I would have done! Very diplomatic! If you want a great trip, use this company.
      Written 8 April 2024
    • jennapN1895UU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wildlife cruise through queen charlotte sound
      Short walk from cruise port. Nice overview of what we might see during cruise before leaving. Nice boat ride on queen charlotte sounds which is much larger and more branching than I previously thought. Andy slowed the boat so we were able to stand outside along the sides to view sea birds and Alice explained what we were seeing. Arrived at Motuara bird sanctuary and had a walk up the hill led by Alice who was great to point out flora and fauna during the walk up. Since it is an out and back hike you could lag behind and then catch up with the rest of the group on their way down although you would miss the spectacular views from the top. Andy, the great boat captain, was waiting to load us up and take us back to the dock. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see dolphins or whales but after all it is wildlife and not a zoo so no promises about what you will see. Did see many birds while at the sanctuary. Besides a hot drink on the way back we were also treated to a local Pinot Gris sample. Arrived back in plenty of time to reboard the cruise ship.
      Written 5 April 2024
    • U763WRjoannam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An afternoon of wildlife
      Had a great experience. Will our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and also had a great sense of humour. Definitely recommend:)
      Written 30 March 2024
    • SeaBreeze999
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beware. They will cancel on the spur of the moment if they don’t have enough people to go.
      I was booked on this tour. When I arrived, I was told they were canceling the trip because they did not have enough people on board. Very disappointing. So it was a wasted day.
      Written 17 March 2024
    • V4969VRjanett
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must do experience
      This is a must do, our tour guide, Will, was very knowledgeable and gave us a very informative tour. We are New Zealanders but would recommend this to anyone.
      Written 15 March 2024
    • TrailBlazer80635
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous trip to Blumine and Motuara Islands
      We took the full day birding tour to Blumine and Motuara islands yesterday with four other Alaskan friends. It was a wonderful experience and one of the best guided nature tours we have had in NZ. The captain, Paul, was extremely knowledgeable and very adept in handling and positioning the boat in difficult conditions. Equally, or more, impressive was the young and very enthusiastic naturalist, sommelier, barista and boat hand, Will, who shared his passion and knowledge with all the guests. His knowledge was especially impressive given he has only been in NZ for three months. He is a genuine asset to E-Ko Tour’s operation and should be rewarded for his exemplary performance.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • 527bradleys
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Afternoon
      My wife and I did the afternoon tour and we found our guide (Elly) and the skipper very friendly and helpful throughout the tour. They were both extremely informative as well. It was nice to get a cuppa and some bikkies on the way home and even better to get a couple of glasses of the local wine to taste. We enjoyed the walk up Motuara Island. The views from the top were excellent. It was good to see all the birdlife and the fur seals. Too bad we missed the dolphins that day. 😢 I would recommend the experience.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • A S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wildlife and rainforest - brilliant
      Boat trip with Andy and Ella across Sound to a beautiful beach and then trek through rainforest to a beautiful 1000 year old tree. 50 min Trek up some steep hills with guide leading the way with great info on everything- lovely company and people. Saw seals penguins and lots of birds. Great 2 hour trip.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • Bootsieban
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Half day to Motuara.
      We have visited NZ from the UK 3 times and I think this is the best tour I’ve ever done and definitely the best value for money when you consider what E-ko tours does for conservation. The boat is excellent, big enough for comfort but shaped so that it can be taken right up to the rocks for a close up of the birds. Paul captained the boat, Will was the guide and Rob the photographer who all made a knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic team. We took the early morning tour and left on time with a group of 8 people. Paul pulled up to some shearwaters and gannets almost immediately whilst Will gave us info on the conservation efforts NZ is making. He was really enthusiastic and entertaining. We saw 22 King Shags, seals and then the highlight came when a pod of hector dolphins with a calf came to play around the boat. We arrived at Motuara Island where no bags or food are allowed and that’s where you need to make the decision whether to hike the trail with Will or stay at the bird bath with Rob. We did a little of each so we managed to get some lovely views as well as a lot of bird sightings and new information. If we’d been in Picton longer we would definitely have done another trip with E-ko tours, I can highly recommend them. Thanks guys for an awesome morning.
      Written 14 February 2024
    • TracyBurtonPC
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip on the Sound
      Great boat trip with a hike on a nice island. Saw many different species of birds, plus NZ fur seals. Ella was a fantastic guide and Paul a great pilot.
      Written 11 February 2024
    • Meander03949684399
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great scenery and wildlife
      we saw a whole variety of birds including Robins, Gannets, Shearwaters, a Saddleback and spotted and even a King Shag. Will and the captain were really informative and the wine was great too!
      Written 2 February 2024
    • olivecolada
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      High Emotions seeing Hector Dolphins, king Shags, blue penguins, and nesting cormorants
      The tour on the Queen Charlotte Sound was outstanding. The Captain slowed and turned the boat so that every passenger was able to be on the right side on the boat to take pictures of the rare wildlife that was out on the water today. It was a day to remember for a long time to come. Thank you Andy, Will and blond Spotter!
      Written 30 January 2024
    • matteodL3286ON
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible!
      That was one of the most beautiful days in my life and we got to see so many awesome things. The Tourguide WILL (not the skipper) was so cool and nice, i would go with him again any time!
      Written 30 January 2024
    • carolyns519
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Knowledgeable crew made our day!
      Will and Andy made this a great afternoon. Will’s knowledge of the wildlife and Andy’s knowledge of the area were outstanding. We enjoyed this cruise, even though the dolphins were elusive. A bonus was tasting local wine on the return journey.
      Written 25 January 2024
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    Ute B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    The tour was an absolutely amazing experience. The entire crew went out of their way to ensure that my expectations were not disappointed. After an insightful introduction and being outfitted with quality binoculars, I was able to see Hector and Dusky dolphins, fur seals and many seabirds. The hike on Motuara was another highlight. Many thanks for the detailed explanations about the flora and fauna of the island!!! Highly recommended!
    Written 28 December 2022
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    jwhite6
    Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing experience taking the kids around the sounds. The tour was very well run, both the staff were knowledgeable and enthusiastic adding to the experience. They went out of their way to find dolphins for us and seemed just as excited as us when we found them
    Written 17 January 2022
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    422iana
    Dunedin, New Zealand3,339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loverly day and we got to see a pod of over 20 dophins at the end of the day. We were a little worried, but after the captain asked a local we were able to see a great show. Great that they we stayed out longer to get this experience.
    Written 14 January 2022
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    Pam K
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Solo
    As a wildlife biologist, I chose this because I was looking for a real wildlife tour run by knowledgable people and not something just set up to run tourists around. This is the real deal - a small locally owned company with very environmentally minded folks with a lot of wildlife experience. While one can never plan on wildlife sightings in the wild, these folks know their stuff and know where to look. I saw more endangered species in 4 hours then I have seen in my entire time in new zealand. Knowledgeable and very ethical in their wildlife treatment, I was totally enchanted. You can't do better than Nicki and Paul
    Written 11 March 2024
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    Laurie S
    Seattle31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the best experience on our Moturara Island boat cruise! I wish I could give our rating more than 5 stars. We lucked out the day was beautiful and it was a small group, but what really stood out was the crew. You could tell they loved their jobs - and working with each other. They were constantly on the look out for critters in the water and on land. They found many, so we could stop, learn more, and take photos of them in their natural habitat. The visit on Moturara Island was awesome! There were so many birds flying over head while we hiked to the top, stopping along the way to learn more about the birds while taking in the beautiful scenery. We also appreciated their conservation efforts for the animals on the island. Heading back to Picton, we enjoyed yummy snacks and gorgeous views. There are many companies that conduct similar tours - don’t hesitate to book with E-Ko Tours!
    Written 4 March 2023
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    Thanks so much for your glowing review - we really do LOVE our jobs and sharing this stunning corner of paradise
    Written 9 March 2023
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    edm1887
    Birmingham, UK501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    From the briefing to the return to Picton this was an excellent experience. Our guide Will was very well informed about the wildlife we saw, and his tour on Motorua Island was the highlight for us. We learned a lot about the native land and sea birds and plants but sadly saw no dolphins. Highly recommended for the information provided and their commitment to the environment. Thank you Will!
    Written 8 February 2024
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    Sophie
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2020
    I had the best day on our tour. I have never seen so much wildlife in the Sounds. We saw: king shags, penguins, dusky dolphins, saddle backs, south island robins and pristine scenery. All the crew were amazing. They were very knowledgeable, talkative and professional throughout. Paul, Josephine and Rob were brilliant. Highly recommended.
    Written 29 May 2020
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    Many Thanks for your lovely feedback, it was really a pleasure to have you with us on board. The E-ko Team wish you a beautiful day !
    Written 30 May 2020
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    Lisa S
    Castle Rock, CO359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tour ever with knowledgeable staff and great stops to see wildlife with loads of learning. Also their care and concern for the sea and animals is wonderful. Great hour on Motuara Island. At sea we saw two kinds of dolphins, fur seals and many birds with close up viewing.
    Shout out to the crew Alice, Nicky and Paul! Thanks for a great eko tour.
    Written 25 February 2023
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    Thanks so much for this great review! We hope that you continue to enjoy New Zealand's amazing flora and fauna :-)
    Written 9 March 2023
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    Robbert H
    14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    It was a great tour, we saw so many species! Especially the gannet was beautiful to watch fishing. We had some waves so the 100% seasick free guarantee is maybe a little too much. Also you should know that there is no toilet on board.
    But overall worth going. (Especially the enthusiasm of Will, the guide, was nice to see.
    Written 20 February 2024
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    lizrichardson81
    Exeter, UK36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trip exceeded our expectations. A fantastic catamaran journey in wonderful weather. Andy and the crew were very knowledgeable and knew where to look for penguins and dolphins. The climb to the top of Motuara island was challenging for me but worth it for the views. A very big thankyou to Courtney for helping me back down the climb and also to Rob who was a tower of strength.
    I would heartily recommend this trip to all ages.
    Written 19 February 2023
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