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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

  • Cruise the calm waters of the Marlborough Sounds from Picton
  • Visit predator-free Motuara Island with marine biologists as guides
  • Look for South Island saddlebacks, king shags, and New Zealand pigeons
Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
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Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
From US$68.32
Benefit from the wildlife-spotting skills of marine biologists on this small-group ecotour from the Picton waterfront. You’ll cruise to Motuara Island, a bird sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds, and search the sheltered waters for wild dolphins along the way. See rare seabirds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds protected in their natural environment.
What to Expect
This cruise provides the opportunity to view a variety of land and sea birds including the very rare King Shag. We spend more time with the rare species so Birdwatchers can get those prized images or views they want. Found only in the Marlborough Sounds, the King Shag is considered a prize among birdwatchers.
Learn about the wildlife from our degree qualified guides as we take the time to enjoy the species that call these waters home. Predator-free Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary is a bird-lovers paradise and home to blue penguins, South Island Saddleback, Kereru, Bellbirds, Yellow-crowned Parakeets (Kakariki), New Zealand Falcon and South Island Robins. Enjoy a 1-hour bush walk to the top of the island for the added bonus of amazing view across the Cook Strait to the North Island. The birds here are plentiful, fearless and very vocal and if you sit quietly, they may even come within an arm’s reach! Other species you could observe, can include dolphins (Dusky, Bottlenose, Hector's, Common or Orca), New Zealand Fur Seals, Spotted, Pied and Little Shags, Variable Oystercatchers, White-fronted terns, Australasian Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, reef and white-faced herons, arctic skuas (seasonal) and much, much more!
Please note: This itinerary can change based on what time of the year you visit and weather conditions
Reviews (10)
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Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile
Great team, awesome trip, fun for all the family.

We did E-Ko tours Motuara island sanctuary and dolphin watching tour and were not disappointed! Our group was aged 2 to 72 and the guides Emma and James, and skipper Gary made us all feel very welcome as we cruised around Queen Charlotte sound where...More

Thank Q4466DRandyw
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile
Excellent staff and gorgeous views

We had a great afternoon with E-Ko tours today, saw lots of wildlife including many birds and some fur seals too. Disappointed not to see any dolphins during our trip but that’s just how the day went. We loved chatting to the staff, Rob in...More

1  Thank Becky W
TikiB22, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2018

Hi Becky, Thanks for the great review and glad you enjoyed the experience :-)

Reviewed 6 July 2018

Visited Moratura island bird sanctuary. Awesome capitan and wildlife specialist guide. Saw many rare birds including the Blue penguins. Bonus close viewing of bottle nose dolphins. Hot drinks on a cold day, and ending with a bit of great Sauvignon Blanc made for a perfect...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MarkD7047
Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2018

Thanks for the great feedback :-)

Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile
This Company is great!

What a professional company - the afternoon we spent with them was perfect - there was really nothing we could fault. My wife and I had travelled over from the North Island to spend just a couple of days in, and around, Picton. We called...More

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 29 March 2018
Just an awesome day !

This was great from the beginning. Really friendly staff. The boat trip was fun. Seeing the fur seals was so beautiful, especially seeing the bull for the first time. The guide was so informative. No question seemed to difficult for her to answer, and she...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jo B
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9 August 2018|
Response from TerryNewZealand | Reviewed this property |
It leaves from Picton. We went on the afternoon tour about 1 pm but there were earlier tours.