Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour From Picton

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    Briefing begins at 8:30am
  • Departure Details :
    E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy some of the majestic dolphins that visit the sheltered waters of the scenic Marlborough sounds. Degree qualified guides will be there to ensure you (and the dolphins) have an enjoyable and safe experience. Whether you see a school of dolphins leisurely cruising along or marvel at their high leaps, back-flips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight! Our Department of Conservation permits allows us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds.


Informative, friendly and professional guide

Family friendly

Know More about this tour

Your half-day dolphin viewing experience will begin at our base shop (address to be provided on voucher) at 8:30am. We conduct a thorough briefing before each tour to ensure you know what to do and how to act around the dolphins.

You will then be taken out into the Sounds. There are 5 different species of dolphin that frequent the waters. They include Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector's dolphins. Once out in the water we will look for at least one of those 5. You will be provided with binoculars on board so you can help us look for the dolphins, as well as ID cards of various marine animals and sea birds.

Once spotted, well cruise with the dolphins and get as close as we can without disturbing them. As a permitted operator, we abide by the rules and regulations established for dolphin swimming and viewing activities. For viewing you are able to get very close to the animals and marvel how they role on their sides to look at you on the bow of our boat. Your guides will tell you interesting facts about the dolphins as you view them.

After the experience we will serve hot drinks and some cookies which you can enjoy while we cruise back to Picton. Unlike other dolphin swimming and viewing operations around New Zealand where several boats are on the same group of dolphins, we are Picton's only Dolphin Swimming and viewing operator.

This tour will primarily operate in an area of little to no sea swell - meaning seasickness is not an issue for our guests. The scenery is stunning in the sounds and provides a beautiful backdrop for viewing wild dolphins.



Professional guide


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 13-Mar-2018

    Saw dolphins but only at a distance. The guides were knowledgeanle and the boat was well kept. It is a nature cruise so viewing is hit or miss. The price was right compared to a cruise boat we were on.