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Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise provided by E-Ko Tours

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Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

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The best experience in Marlborough. This tour offers an amazing, fully-guided experience wildlife. A small-group tour to view some of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and wildlife. Visit Motuara Island and cruise the calm waters of the majestic Queen Charlotte Sound. Water, wilderness and wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see multiple species of wildlife, including rare sea birds, marine mammals and endangered land birds. Led by enthusiastic and fun Guides, you will be given the possibility of viewing five different species of dolphins, little blue penguins, seals, seabirds and land birds. Enjoy the only daily service fully-guided walk on Motuara Island, seeing and hearing the amazing bird life where Captain Cook planted the first flag and claimed New Zealand. The view is spectacular from the lookout all the way to the North Island. On the return enjoy complimentarily hot drinks and chocolate biscuits and in the afternoon tour local wine and muscles. The Ultimate Cruise.
You'll start at
E-Ko Tours
1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New ZealandFollow BLUE line form Visitor Information Center until you see, Seal, Dolphin and Penguin
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    E-Ko Tours
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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    Marlborough Sounds
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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You'll end at
E-Ko Tours
1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New ZealandFollow BLUE line form Visitor Information Center until you see, Seal, Dolphin and Penguin
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Important Information
Departure Point
E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • National Park fees
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate biscuits on the return journey
  • Complimentary Local Wine and Mussel Samples of the PM Tour
  • FREE Binoculars to help you spot wildlife and Species ID cards
  • Entry/Admission - E-Ko Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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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Judy W wrote a review 14 Mar
20 contributions1 helpful vote
Wow, we got the unusual priviledge to see a pid of bottle nose dolphins....for 20 minutes swimming, jumping, singing, absolutely breathtaking. The guides were very knowledgeable...we saw many species of birds. Disappointed that our boat had no normal head for a four hour tour.
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Response from josephinewekotours, Front Office Manager at Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise
Responded 1 week ago
It's amazing that you got to see these beautiful creatures on our tour, we supply many packets of our chocolate chip cookies - sorry you felt that they weren't enough! Thank you for touring with us.
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Peter S wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
Wonderful service, no hitches or complaints, met all expectations. Easy booking, staff friendly and informative.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Response from Captain Paul K, Public Relations Manager at Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise
Responded 24 Jan 2020
Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed our team and our tour. Have a great day.
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By: E-Ko Tours
Judy W
Marlborough Sound Ultimate Cruise
Wow, we got the unusual priviledge to see a pid of bottle nose dolphins....for 20 minutes swimming, jumping,
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Terry P
Santander, Spain
Fantastic tour!
I really enjoyed the boat trip in Queen Charlotte Sound to view sea birds and other creatures, and native New
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
Best experience in NZ in two months
The reception staff are friendly, the tour we picked was on a good sized vessel with a keen and enthusisatic guide
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ash E
Great relaxed cruise
This is one of those cruises that we both really enjoyed.. the boat was turned off when the dolphins were spotted
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Definitely the one to do!
So happy with this trip, as others say’s great! So much to see and the walk to the summit of Motuara island
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Antibes, France
This was an amazing awesome morning highlight was seeing the hectos dolphin such a rare animal and privilege. Then
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Toowoomba, Australia
Definitely worth doing but wild animals are wild animals!
We took this tour hoping to swim with the larger dolphins however wild animals being just that, wild, they didn’t
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Amazing half day trip!!
I had a wonderful time on the trip to Motuara! Miranda and Andy were super friendly and I learnt so much from them
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Karen F
London, United Kingdom
Amazing half day trip
We had the most amazing trip out to the wildlife sanctuary, seeing Hectors Dolphins, seals and many different
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Chris Elliott
London, United Kingdom
Dolphin Swimming Tour February 2020
Such a friendly team and really knew their stuff. Such a calm and beautiful place to go dolphin watching. We got
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  • Duration: 4h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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