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E-Ko Tours

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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...more
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1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 8040
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Reviewed yesterday

Helpful and friendly staff. Nice smooth boat ride with lots to see. The island was the highlight. Saw penguins in their nest boxes, saddlebacks, bellbids and the orange fronted kakariki which I've not seen ANYWHERE else. Saw dolphins on the way back which rounded the...More

Thank Jess K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a trip during September headed towards Motuara Island. A great crew informed us as we went of the bird and sea life in the Marlborough Sounds constantly on the look out for things for us to see and experience. Sadly we didn't see...More

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked my trip 12 months in advance but was told thirty minutes before the boat was supposed to leave that the cruise was cancelled because I was the only one on it and they needed a minimum of 4 people. The manager was rude...More

1  Thank dtabak2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing day on board the e-ko dolphin & wildlife cruise. No dolphins to be seen unfortunately but that didn't faze the kids (2 x 7yr olds) they enjoyed the day so much so the lack of dolphins wasn't a concern ♡ We...More

Thank mandawicks1982nz
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for positive feedback and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great afternoon with E-Ko tours today, saw lots of wildlife including many birds and some fur seals too. Disappointed not to see any dolphins during our trip but that’s just how the day went. We loved chatting to the staff, Rob in...More

Thank Becky W
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Excellent customer experience from booking, tour guide and captain. We saw dusky dolphins, heaps of fur seals and birds. Highly recommended!

Thank DarcySOP
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Our Captain and naturalist both provided interesting and thoughtful commentary on both the marine life and bird life on the sanctuary island Motuara. Worth every penny of the very reasonable price.

Thank MarkD7047
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Kia Ora, thanks for your positive feedback

Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

We booked this tour very last minute and convinced ourselves that it probably wouldn’t run as we knew they had minimum numbers to fill (which is completely fair enough) as well as it being the middle of winter (who else is crazy enough to swim...More

Thank FayeNewt
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Kia Ora, Thanks for the great review and 😊yes it was a fantastic swim and YES winter is the best time to swim. Glad you had a great vineyard expeerieince as well.

Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

Recently did the trip to Motuara Island and had an excellant afternoon! Beautiful surroundings and plenty of stops along the way when we encounterd various birds and seals before reaching Motuara. On the island our guide Kath took the group on a pleasant walk along...More

Thank bnegerard
Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

Thanks for the great feedback :-)

Reviewed 7 July 2018

Very stable boat. Nice trip out to the bird island (Moratura). Saw seals, dolphins, king shag nesting, little penguins swimming and nesting, some other unusual birds on the island. The walk to the top of the island is pleasant enough, but the alternative of staying...More

1  Thank Colin M
Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2018

Thanks for positive review :-)

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11 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
Katherine E
14 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
27 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.