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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

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Overview
Discover Marlborough’s native wildlife on a half-day, small-group Queen Charlotte Sound cruise from Picton that includes a nature walk on the Motuara Island bird sanctuary. Marine biologist guides share insights into Marlborough’s fascinating critters as you watch for seals and five species of dolphin, then get a glimpse of a pristine New Zealand forest on predator-free Motuara Island—home to native blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, and more.
Highlights
  • Enjoy a biologist-led, conservation-focused tour of Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Spot native and rare birds that are threatened on New Zealand's mainland
  • Hike and bird-watch on Motuara Island, and refuel with hot drinks on board
  • Group size capped at 15 travelers for a more personalized experience
What to Expect
Make your way to the Picton waterfront, where you board a vessel bound for the Queen Charlotte Sound, navigating past a maze of inlets and channels. Keep your camera ready throughout the cruise, as you will likely spot fur seals, seabirds, and native dolphins on the scenic trip to Motuara Island. Here and throughout the tour, the onboard marine biologists share facts and background on the wildlife you encounter. At Motuara Island, stretch your legs on a guided nature hike and seek out some of the island’s blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, robins, native pigeons, and kakariki, or yellow-crowned parakeets. This is a great chance to see rare New Zealand species, as the birds of Motuara Island are able to nest and breed without interference from invasive predators. Following the nature hike, enjoy the return cruise to Picton, with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies served along the way.
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Important Information
Departure Point
E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington St, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • National Park fees
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate biscuits on the return journey
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Complimentary Local Wine and Mussel Samples of the PM Tour
  • FREE Binoculars to help you spot wildlife and Species ID cards
  • Entry/Admission - E-Ko Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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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 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I'd highly recommend this tour. We had a wonderful time. Friendly and knowledgable guide and captain. Nice boat - my wife who gets very sea and travel sick was fine. We saw albatross, seals, many birds and of course an amazing encounter with dolphins. The children had a go at
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Response from Captain Paul K, Manager at Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
Responded 15 Aug 2019
Kia Ora ::-) Thanks for the positive feedback
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Took the family out in January. It was very windy and my wife gets terrible seasickness, but this trip is incredibly calm!. The stable boat, skipper and the route mean you will not feel sick. We saw seals on shore and frolicking around a salmon farm, testing the fences for a
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Response from Captain Paul K, Manager at Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
Responded 8 Aug 2019
Thanks for the positive feedback :-)
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My friend and I booked the tour on the day recommended by the staff and it was just as they described it; mostly clear weather with a light breeze and calm seas. As a result, we were able to see spot many wildlife including spotted and king shags, adorable fur seals, small blue
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Response from TikiB22, Manager at Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
Responded 21 Jul 2019
Thanks for positive feedback :-)
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We had a lovely afternoon boat ride out to motuara island. The staff were great. They were very informative and looked after us. We saw lots of intersting birds, seals and a couple of hector's dolphins and the view from the lookout on the island was awesome. A great way to
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Response from TikiB22, Manager at Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
Responded 21 Jul 2019
Thanks for positive feedback :-)
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Captain Paul and guide Tania were awesome. Our family had such a good time. Of course, it helps that the weather was perfect and the wildlife were feeling cooperative. We saw Australasian gannets, Hector’s dolphins, fluttering shearwaters, a blue penguin, South Island robins
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Response from TikiB22, Manager at Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
Responded 21 Jul 2019
Thanks for positive feedback :-)
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