Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) And Dolphin Cruise From Picton

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:30pm Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington St, 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.


The best experience in Marlborough. This tour offers an amazing, fully-guided experience wildlife. A small-group tour to view some of New Zealands spectacular wildlife. Visit Motuara Island and cruise the majestic Queen Charlotte sound. Water, wilderness and wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see multiple species of wildlife, including rare sea birds, marine mammals and endangered land birds. Led by enthusiastic Marine Biologists, you will be given the possibility of viewing five different species of dolphins. Enjoy a fully-guided walk on Motuara Island, seeing and hearing the amazing bird life where Captain Cook planted the first flag and claimed New Zealand.


Small group ensures personal service

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Cruise the majestic Marlborough sounds on a scenic journey to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. Comfortable vessels and an expert team will take you on a conservation-focused wildlife adventure. Outstanding commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy dolphins, bottlenose, or dolphins. See New Zealand fur seals and numerous seabirds before landing on Motuara Island for a 1-hour nature-lover's walk to remember.

Explore the island on your own or go with our knowledgeable guide who will point out and describe the resident blue penguins, rare saddleback, melodic bellbirds, cheeky robins, native pigeons and yellow-crowned parakeets (kakariki). The birds on this predator-free island are fearless, plentiful and very vocal. The view from the Cook Strait lookout is absolutely spectacular. After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies before making our way back to Picton.

Please note: This itinerary may change based on what time of the year and weather conditions.


Professional guide

Live commentary on board

National Park fees

Beverages and snacks

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate biscuits on the return journey

Entry/Admission - Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Most travelers can participate

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Family friendly with plenty of children's activities onboard

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

  • 19-Mar-2018

    Great half day cruise. Our guide and driver were both excellent, very knowledgeable and fun. Queen Charlotte's Sound unbelievably beautiful. Saw Bottlenose Dolphins swimming round the boat and a number of birds at the nature reserve.

  • 23-Jan-2018

    great trip those dolphins are great

  • 23-Dec-2017

    Great tour. Crew very knowledgeable. Saw a baby blue penguin and a hector dolphin.