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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

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.

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4 hours


Mobile ticket

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    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Family friendly
  • What's included :
    • Beverages
    • Professional guide
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • 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, we’ll 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 see 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 in 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.
  • Departure Point :
    E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.



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Organised by E-Ko New Zealand Ltd

Activity ID: V-29441P5

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