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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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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 8040
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 Mark D
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora, thanks for your positive feedback

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this tour very last minute and convinced ourselves that it probably wouldnโ€™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 4 days ago

Kia Ora, Thanks for the great review and ๐Ÿ˜Šyes it was a fantastic swim and YES winter is the best time to swim. Glad you had a great vineyard expeerieince as well.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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

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Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for positive review :-)

Reviewed 5 July 2018

Visited Moratura island bird sanctuary. Awesome capitan and wildlife specialist guide. Saw many rare birds including the Blue penguins. Bonus close viewing of bottle nose dolphins. Hot drinks on a cold day, and ending with a bit of great Sauvignon Blanc made for a perfect...More

Thank Mark D
Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great feedback :-)

Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

Fantastic weather and a great crew made for an excellent afternoon on the water. We saw lots of wildlife. The Dolphins were amazing :) Walk to lookout on Motuara Island was so worth it. Catherine was a great guide and Paul a fab skipper with...More

Thank RachelTwiselton
Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for positive feedback :-)

Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Great trip! Saw loads of wildlife. Dolphins were the highlight! Catherine was a knowledgeable guide. Carolyn was helpful in helping us book the trip. I particularly enjoyed the skipper, Paulโ€™s, commentary. Information about Captain Cook and the local Maori tribes was interesting.

Thank kirstyo479
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Thanks for your positive feedback and remembering our names :-)

Reviewed 19 June 2018

In addition, to the views and the dolphins, the boat ride was a memorable experience. The owner Paul also recommended other great activities in the region.

Thank Abhilasha V
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Thanks for great feedback ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฌ

Reviewed 19 June 2018

We were joined by some other couples on the boat. Fantastic day for sounds tour and dolphin watching. They said it could take 1 hour to locate them. But the dolphins came diving around our boat in 15 minutes. There was not a single moment...More

Thank Abhilasha V
Captain Paul K, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

Great that you loved to see our happy dolphins , they enjoyed seeing you too๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ˜

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We went out on this trip today in overcast weather, towards Cook strait via the Tory channel. This is an amazing trip with a skipper who is very passionate about conservation and his first mate who made passengers comfortable and looked after the periphery of...More

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Tiki B, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Thanks for the positive feedback. The Whaling Station experience is unique in New Zeland and being able to see Marlborough Whaling history up close is a great experience. Hunters to Conservationists is the Key message, now we celebrate an increase of 10% per annum with...More

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sweetyladdha
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
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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
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Becky S
27 October 2017|
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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.
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