Marlborough, New Zealand
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Our most recommended Marlborough, New Zealand Safaris & Wildlife Activities

  • Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

    1. Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

    Navigate the magnficent waterways of Marlborough Sounds on a morning boat tour, departing from the Picton waterfront. Cruise up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove. Warm up with tea and coffee and listen to live commentary on regional historical and natural landmarks. Keep a lookout for marine life such as little blue penguins and Hector’s dolphins — considered the rarest marine dolphin in the world. After about an hour’s journey, your boat drops anchor at Ship Cove. Step ashore for 30 minutes and discover the inlet named by Captain James Cook on 15 January 1770. The Endeavour was anchored here to replenish supplies and the spot became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook. Dabble in the creek where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach with the resident wildlife. Have your photo taken beside the Captain Cook Monument commemorating his visit...

    Great trip to do, the skipper was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boast is very spacious and comfortable and accommodates various tour options

  • Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

    2. Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

    Embark on a unique, fully-guided wildlife and dolphin cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Begin your journey in Picton, where you will meet the expert team who will take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul. On the journey, you will be encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way. Enjoy the engaging commentary and fantastic viewing areas which allow you to enjoy playful Hector’s, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins with a 90 percent encounter rate. You will also have an opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals and numerous seabirds before landing on Motuara Island for a 1-hour nature lover’s walk to remember, great for adults and kids alike. After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies before making our way back to Picton and stopping to check out any extra species you can discover.

    good crew great info walk on island could be at a slower pace to encourage more, less able people to participate. Great views from the tower at the top. not a lot of visible bird life. saw a good number of seals very close up.

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What people are saying about Marlborough, New Zealand

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

By boat is the best way to experience the beautiful sounds. We had a relaxed trip with great hosts who went out of their way to ensure we saw as much wildlife as we could find. Stopping on the protected wildlife sanctuary islands was a highlight and an opportunity to see native birds up close. Highly recommended!

Great trip to do, the skipper was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boast is very spacious and comfortable and accommodates various tour options

Boat trip and bush walk with lovely sea life and birds all around. Close up views with lots of time for photos too :)

Absolutely incredible trip. So much wildlife and really informative and lovely guides.

Great trip, commentary by the skipper was full of information. Definitely recommended