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Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Motuara Island is a wildlife haven blanketed with lush forest and located in the Queen Charlotte Sound. On this tour, enjoy stunning views across the sound as you cruise out to the island, then head ashore to visit the Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. Look out for native birds such as kiwi, tui, and New Zealand robin as you explore the nature trails, then continue to Ship Cove, where Captain James Cook landed in 1770.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1 London Quay
    1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Please meet us at the Beachcomber Cruises Office on the waterfront - the Corner of Wellington Street and London Quay, we are a black building with Blue Signage.
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  • Pass by
    Queen Charlotte Sound
  • You'll end at
    1 London Quay
    1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Please meet us at the Beachcomber Cruises Office on the waterfront - the Corner of Wellington Street and London Quay, we are a black building with Blue Signage.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Magnificent views of Queen Charlotte Sound from the water
  • Incredible bird sightings: spot kiwi, tui, fantail, and gannets
  • Follow in the footsteps of Captain James Cook at Ship Cove
  • Live commentary and refreshments served on-board
Important Information
Departure Point
1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Duration
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Restroom on board
Exclusions
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to consume on board
  • Closed-toe walking shoes suitable for walking are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • We are not able to pick up / drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal - you must make your way to our booking office
  • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 8:00am
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travelers with mobility constraints
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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jane wrote a review Jan 2020
Shanghai, China1 contribution
we only saw 2 birds on the island and some other animals on the way from afar. to be honest, Picton and nearby is not good place to see wildlife.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Traveller_Hubin wrote a review Nov 2019
ohio4 contributions4 helpful votes
Jason was a wonderful guide - personable and very knowledgeable. The cruise itself was relaxing with beautiful scenery (of course - it's New Zealand), and the walk through the Bird Sanctuary was lovely as well. We saw dozens of native birds at very close range. Really great
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Date of experience: November 2019
Response from BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton
Responded 25 Nov 2019
Hi Traveller_Hubin Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor - we are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your cruise and the company of our skipper Jason. We were glad to hear that you saw plenty of our beautiful native birdlife in there habitat. We hope to have you cruise with us again some other time,
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Isabella wrote a review Oct 2019
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We had a great time on this trip, very knowledgeable and friendly skippers and staff and they took us to some remote and unique locations in the sounds. We saw baby penguins and various birds and wildlife and got a feel for life in the remote wilderness of the sounds. Can
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton
Responded 21 Oct 2019
Hi Isabella-Adventure Thanks for your review, we are very happy to hear that our staff took good care of you and showed you the very best that the Queen Charlotte Sounds has to offer - we are so lucky to be able to call this our 'backyard'. We hope to see you in Picton again some other time, Kind Regards
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Chris S wrote a review Jan 2019
Zurich, Switzerland181 contributions46 helpful votes
Maybe my mistake, but I though this was a birdwatching trip with other activities. Seemed to spend too much time stopping at various places along the way and ended up rushed at the island and only saved the day by seeing a penguin in a nesting box. From a bird watching point of
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Date of experience: January 2019
Sally-on-the-go wrote a review Apr 2018
Nelson, New Zealand60 contributions29 helpful votes
Beachcomber does a fantastic job all around -- the boat was excellent, crew very knowledgeable and friendly, and the experience top-flight. Dolphins swam alongside the boat for awhile. On Motuara Island, we were lucky enough to find two blue penguins inside one of the nesting
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Date of experience: April 2018
Response from BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton
Responded 24 Apr 2018
Hi Sally , Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are pleased to hear as a company we have provided a great service all round.We really are blessed to have such incredible staff working for us willing to go the extra mile. Motuara Island really is a secret hidden gem with so much to offer and by the sound sounds of it Mother Nature delivered on your visit ! Thanks again for your review.
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  • Duration: 4h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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