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Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

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Picton, New Zealand
Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English


Spend half a day among the thriving wildlife of the outer Marlborough Sounds on a small-boat wildlife tour from Picton. Spot rare sea birds like penguins and shags, plus a couple of species of dolphin, in Queen Charlotte Sound. Set foot on Motuara Island, a kiwi nursery and bird sanctuary, and that holds significance to colonial New Zealand history. Your guides are deeply knowledgeable about this area, so make the most of them and ask plenty of questions.
  • An ideal trip for wildlife and nature enthusiasts
  • Enjoy views all the way to the North Island on a clear day
  • Refreshments (plus alcoholic drinks on the afternoon tour) are provided
  • Learn about the Marlborough Sounds from the live on-board commentary
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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
FREE Binoculars to help you spot wildlife and Species ID cards
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Follow BLUE line form Visitor Information Center until you see, Seal, Dolphin and Penguin

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • FREE binoculars on-board and Species Identification cards
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Beautiful day on the sound
, Mar 2020
Lovely trip with lots of sightings of local birds, seals, penguins. Lovely friendly staff. Small boat, so seats were limited and the only seat left for us was right at the front right behind the captains butt! no toilet facilities during the 4 hour cruise and 80s disco music on the way home spoiled the serene scene for us (not the right music for such a trip) Otherwise a lovely way to se the Marlborough Sound.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
We are glad that you got to enjoy the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and its wildlife! Sorry you did not get an enjoyable seat, nor enjoyed our music, we try to give a range of music for different people :) Thank you for touring with us
Great experience!
Chris S
, Jan 2020
We had a great experience on the cruise. Our guides were awesome, they had tons of great information as we cruised Queen Charlotte's Bay and hiked. We were fortunate to see two schools of dolphins and some seal colonies. Overall great adventure and would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It is great that you got to see the dolphins in the sound! We are glad that you enjoyed your tour

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