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Itinerary
This cruise provides the opportunity to view a variety of land and sea birds including the very rare King Shag. We spend more time with the rare species so Birdwatchers can get those prized images or views they want. Found only in the Marlborough Sounds, the King Shag is considered a prize among birdwatchers.

Learn about the wildlife from our degree qualified guides as we take the time to enjoy the species that call these waters home. Predator-free Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary is a bird-lovers paradise and home to blue penguins, South Island Saddleback, Kereru, Bellbirds, Yellow-crowned Parakeets (Kakariki), New Zealand Falcon and South Island Robins. Enjoy a 1-hour bush walk to the top of the island for the added bonus of amazing view across the Cook Strait to the North Island. The birds here are plentiful, fearless and very vocal and if you sit quietly, they may even come within an arm’s reach! Other species you could observe, can include dolphins (Dusky, Bottlenose, Hector's, Common or Orca), New Zealand Fur Seals, Spotted, Pied and Little Shags, Variable Oystercatchers, White-fronted terns, Australasian Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, reef and white-faced herons, arctic skuas (seasonal) and much, much more!

Please note: This itinerary can change based on what time of the year you visit and weather conditions
Locations visited
Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour
E-Ko Tours
Overview
This Wildlife and Dolphin tour offers an amazing, fully-guided experience to complete your visit to Marlborough!

You will have the opportunity to see rare seas birds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds. Led by enthusiastic Marine Biologists, you may even catch a glimpse of the King Shag and South Island Saddleback. Search for Dolphins in calm sheltered waters before traveling to Motuara Bird Sanctuary Island.
Highlights
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
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Reviewed 6 July 2018
Awesome!

Visited Moratura island bird sanctuary. Awesome capitan and wildlife specialist guide. Saw many rare birds including the Blue penguins. Bonus close viewing of bottle nose dolphins. Hot drinks on a cold day, and ending with a bit of great Sauvignon Blanc made for a perfect...More

Thank Mark D
Captain Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great feedback :-)

Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile
This Company is great!

What a professional company - the afternoon we spent with them was perfect - there was really nothing we could fault. My wife and I had travelled over from the North Island to spend just a couple of days in, and around, Picton. We called...More

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 29 March 2018
Just an awesome day !

This was great from the beginning. Really friendly staff. The boat trip was fun. Seeing the fur seals was so beautiful, especially seeing the bull for the first time. The guide was so informative. No question seemed to difficult for her to answer, and she...More

Thank Jo B
Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile
Excellent all round!

Great tour run by knowledgable, friendly staff on a modern, clean boat. 68 NZ dollars for a 2 hour trip. First a 1 hour guided walk around the Kaipupu reserve, where we saw lots of native birds then a trip around the harbour to see...More

Thank KTD73
Reviewed 13 March 2018
Superb way to spend an afternoon

Today was a beautiful sunny day which was enhanced by seeing dolphins on both legs of the journey to Motuara Island and NZ birds on the sea and the island. Both our skipper and our guide were highly professional. We arrived back in Picton a...More

Thank TerryNewZealand
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