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Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

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Picton, New Zealand
Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

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icon2 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


The sunken river valleys, forested cliffs, and sandy bays of the Marlborough Sounds are one of the best places in New Zealand to spot dolphins in their natural environment, but increased tourism can often put wildlife at risk. This 4-hour cruise from Picton is run by certified Department of Conservation operators, allowing you to interact with dusky, bottlenose, and orca dolphins in a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way.
  • 4-hour private Bay of Islands tour from Paihia
  • Admire magnificent views of the Marlborough Sounds on a small-boat cruise
  • Spot dusky, bottlenose and orca dolphins in their natural environment
  • Learn how to interact safely with wild dolphins from an expert eco-certified guide
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Departure Point

1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand

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Make your own way to the base shop (address to be provided on voucher) along Picton waterfront at 8.30am, where you’ll meet your guide and take part in a safety briefing before boarding your boat. Once you understand the conservation rules and know how to act around the dolphins, it’s time to set sail across the Marlborough Sounds.

Admire the dramatic scenery as you glide out around the inlets, and see if you can spot the five different species of dolphin that frequent the waters - Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca, and the rare Hector's dolphins. Make the most of the on-board binoculars and wildlife cards to help you identify marine animals and sea birds along the way, and learn more about the varied wildlife of the Sounds from your knowledgeable guide.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have chance to spot a school of dolphins, and get as close as possible to watch them swimming, playing, and leaping around the boat. As you watch the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, hear fascinating facts from your guide, and learn more about the conservation rules and regulations that have been put in place to ensure their preservation.

After around four hours at sea, warm up with hot drinks and cookies as you cruise back to shore, then end your tour back at Picton waterfront.

Please note: We are Picton's only Dolphin Swimming and viewing operator, ensuring a personalized experience, and 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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Marlborough Sounds
Dolphin Watching in the Calm sheltered water of the Marlborough Sounds. No Seasickness guaranteed
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY E-Ko New Zealand Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Special family trip
, Jul 2020
Saw so many dolphins, seals and amazing birds - great experience with friendly knowledgeable crew - would’ve be even richer experience to have a local Maori perspective for the history.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you so much Janine for coming out with us ! We are glad you enjoyed the cruise :-) Have a beautiful day
Saw dolphins but only at a distance...
Bill B
, Mar 2018
Saw dolphins but only at a distance. The guides were knowledgeanle and the boat was well kept. It is a nature cruise so viewing is hit or miss. The price was right compared to a cruise boat we were on.

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