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Day Cruises

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound to Motuara Island and Ship Cove on a 4.5-hour boat tour from Picton. Search for birdlife and marine mammals, such as Hector’s dolphins and bottlenose dolphins, as your captain details the region’s natural and cultural history. Spend time exploring Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, home to endangered native birds including the South Island saddleback, king shag, little blue penguin and kiwi. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board, with free time ashore in Ship Cove.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

If you’re planning to hike in the Marlborough Sounds, this local boat service ensures easy round-trip transport from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three self-guided walks of varying length and challenge. Hop on the boat in the morning to the start of your route at Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay, then be picked up at the other end of your hike in the late afternoon. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea on board as you take in the natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound. 
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Kayaking & Canoeing

Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton

Combine sea kayaking and self-guided hiking on this full-day outdoor adventure in the Marlborough Sounds. Paddle from the Picton waterfront to the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound and search the azure waters for marine life such as eagle rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and dolphins. Encounter secluded beaches along the shoreline before an independent hike on the Queen Charlotte Track, from Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay. Lunch and return transfer by water taxi are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$84.64
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

Search for rare seabirds and several species of marine mammals, such as Hector's, bottlenose and dusky dolphins along with New Zealand fur seals, during a half-day sightseeing cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Cruise to Queen Charlotte Sound and take a nature walk on Motuara Island, where a predator-free landscape allows for plentiful birdlife. Listen to commentary from enthusiastic marine biologists, and treat yourself to tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Swim with Dolphins

Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton

Slip into Marlborough Sounds for a swim alongside pods of wild dolphins, with certified guides to help find the dolphins and ensure the tour is dolphin-friendly. Watch for dusky, bottlenose, common, orca, and Hector’s dolphins, and if conditions allow, you’ll have the chance to view the dolphins from inside the water. This dolphin tour includes wetsuits with hoods and booties, as well as hot drinks on board the boat, and round-trip transport from the Picton waterfront.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Captain Cook and Dolphin Cruise

Set anchor at Ship Cove, a sheltered bay of Queen Charlotte Sound where Captain James Cook landed in the late 1700s. During this half-day nature cruise in the Marlborough Sounds, enthusiastic marine biologists point out wildlife including New Zealand fur seals and several species of dolphins: Hector's, bottlenose and dusky. Spot rare seabirds and learn about the history between Cook and the Maori people of Aotearoa while you’re treated to refreshments on board.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

The sunken river valleys, forested cliffs, and sandy bays of the Marlborough Sounds are one of the best places in New Zealand to spot dolphins in their natural environment, but increased tourism can often put wildlife at risk. This 4-hour cruise from Picton is run by certified Department of Conservation operators, allowing you to interact with dusky, bottlenose, and orca dolphins in a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Benefit from the wildlife-spotting skills of marine biologists on this small-group ecotour from the Picton waterfront. You’ll cruise to Motuara Island, a bird sanctuary in the Marlborough Sounds, and search the sheltered waters for wild dolphins along the way. See rare seabirds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds protected in their natural environment.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Up Close Encounter of Amazing New Zealand Creatures and Behind the Scenes Tour

Entertain and inform the entire family at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, conveniently located next to the Interislander ferry terminal. On this Picton shore excursion you'll go behind the scenes with on-site staff. Get acquainted with some of the extraordinary creatures of the Marlborough Sounds, such as tuataras and little blue penguins.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Early Bird Eco Cruise

Access Motuara Island, a haven for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable bird life. Enjoy a boat ride from Picton through the Marlborough Sounds with live commentary on board, then explore the island on your own. Look for rare birds (and well-known native favorites), see native bush flourishing, and relish the peace of the island.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.24
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Southern Light ex Picton - 10 days - Top Rated Adventure Tour

Our tours offer a totally unique way to explore and enjoy the outdoor beauty of New Zealand. With our department of conservation license we provide you direct access to the most remote and beautiful areas of the country - getting off the beaten track.We combine accommodation in spectacular and remote locations.There's great flexibility to choose your favourite options everyday and with more meals included you will save time and money for the things you love.Top rated in National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
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  • 10 days
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US$1,712.47
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  • 10 days

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Customizable private land transfer

Travel from port of call/ disembarkation  with a private vehicle and transfer to your port of embarkation. Examples : Akaroa to Dunedin via land transfer to Tekapo, Mt Cook with photographic stops OR vice versa.  Nelson/Picton to Wanaka or Queenstown  via Punakaiki/Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier with photographic stops , or, choose to travel towards East Coast and head for Blenheim, Kaikoura. Transfers can be tailor made to your requirements.
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  • 3 to 5 days
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US$3,608.65
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  • 3 to 5 days

Hiking & Camping

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Queen Charlotte Track Four Day Classic Package

An information pack will be provided filled with facts and info including a detailed map of the Queen Charlotte Track as well as a suggested itinerary, making your walk as easy and accessible as possible. We collect you from your accommodation in Picton, have a 30 minute briefing and give you your packed lunch for the day and drop you off at the water taxi which will be there when you return to take you back to your accommodation at the end of your walk.The Queen Charlotte Track which takes in 70 km's of beautiful, unique New Zealand coastline is walked over 4 or 5 days. All our our packages include, private ensuite rooms at each lodge, daily overnight luggage transfers, the boat trip to the start of the track at Ships Cove as well as return water taxi from the end of the track back to Picton.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$603.63
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Summer Blast ex Picton - 17 days - Top Rated Adventure Tour

Our tours offer a totally unique way to explore and enjoy the outdoor beauty of New Zealand. With our department of conservation license we provide you direct access to the most remote and beautiful areas of the country - getting off the beaten track.We combine accommodation in spectacular and remote locations.There's great flexibility to choose your favourite options everyday and with more meals included you will save time and money for the things you love.Top rated in National Geographic's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
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  • 17 days
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US$2,381.71
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  • 17 days

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Whale Watching ,History and Wildlife Cruise

No Seasickness GuaranteePerano Whaling StationNZ’s Only Marine Mammal SanctuaryLearn How to Spot Whales with BinocularsNZ Fur Seals and Dolphins PossibleAlbatross and SeabirdsComplimentary Hot Drinks, BiscuitsComplimentary Local Wine and Local MusselsFully Guided by Experienced ExpertsWildlife Cruise with many species Viewed
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$95.14
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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