Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

4.8 / 5

31 reviews

Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

From $93.93 per person

Embark on a fully-guided wildlife and dolphin cruise. Travel from Picton through the Marlborough Sounds on a scenic journey to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary with an experienced local guide. See lots of wildlife up close with local experts.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 4 hours
Starting times 8:00 AM, 1:30 PM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul
  • Enjoy expert commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy playful dolphins
  • Embark on a 1-hour nature lover’s walk around Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Have an opportunity to see a diverse range of sea-birds, fur seals and other unique fauna
Full description
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.
Includes
  • 3-hour nature cruise on a purpose-built vessel
  • 1-hour guided walk around Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Expert commentary from your local, experienced guide
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Safety briefing
  • Lunch

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • Please arrive to check in for your tour at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time
  • Weather in New Zealand can be unpredictable, it is recommended that you prepare for all types of weather conditions
  • Please bring water
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    5/5
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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!

March 15, 2021

We had a wonderful time with an excellent guide who was very enthusiastic about the birds and marine life

March 8, 2021

Amazing trip. Highly recommended

March 5, 2021

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