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About E-Ko Tours
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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Picton, New Zealand
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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton
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US$68.43 per adult
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the tour to Motorua Island because I wanted to see the baby penguins in the boxes, which is mentioned on their website. The boat ride was nice, but when we got to the island the guide took off uphill at top speed. I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank crimlaw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the trip and the wildlife especially the little Hector Dolphins. The island itself is a short brisk walk to the top where you get awesome views. Boat is great fun and fast but if you want to stay outside be prepared to get...More

Thank mloosmore
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting trip in Queen Charlotte Sound. Saw dolphin, seals and a great variety of birds. Especially liked the bird pond on Motuara island. Birds not phased by visitors. Took loads of lovely photographs. Very knowledgeable guides , Andy and Tania, committed to preserving the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lizrichardson81
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After short instructions we went for the swim with dolphins tour and eventhough we didn’t swim with dolphins because we couldn’t find them I highly recommend this agency! Our guide Tanya and skipper Andy were so kind and made our day great although we didn’t...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 473deas
TikiB22, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for positive feedback

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience on the boat, seeing lots of seabirds, seals and dolphins. Binoculars and information sheets were provided, along with expert commentary form the guide. We also landed on Motorua Island and climbed to the top, where a viewing platform affords views...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Alan R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Small enough boat (14 guests in our group). Tania was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very pleasant. We saw birds, seals, and 2 breeds of dolphins - one with a newborn. The hike up to a lookout on Motuara Island was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susan L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My experience with E-Ko tours could not have gone better! I was immediately welcomed by friendly people in the office and then after briefing it was off to spot some wildlife. Tanya our guide for the day was so knowledgeable and friendly, you can really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Katherine S
TikiB22, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for a great review, come back soon 🌞🌞😁

Reviewed 2 December 2018

Dolphins live in this bay, and Eko has a high rate of being able to swim with them. We didn’t see any dolphins or other swimming mammals, so were disappointed. Not Eko's fault, of course, and knowing we might not be able to swim, had...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 30 November 2018

Went out for the wildlife boat tour, the crew at E'ko Tours is exceptionally friendly Mel helped me with the check-in at the office, Tania was our guide and Andy our Captain, both gave us thorough information and details about the wildlife we saw on...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tim V
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

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

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12 May 2018|
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Response from Captain Paul K | Property representative |
Hello there, thank you for your question and congratulations on your up coming wedding. I am sorry but our tours leave at 9am for swimming so you would not be able to do that one. We have a tour in the afternoon which goes... More
15 December 2017|
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Response from Captain Paul K | Property representative |
Please email info@e-ko.nz for all details , thanks
Becky S
28 October 2017|
Response from Captain Paul K | Property representative |
Hi, we do mot pick up. Piblc buss shuttles bring you to the main information center. We are 4 minutes walk from there.