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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
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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.
  • Half-day Marlborough Sounds nature cruise from Picton
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins, fur seals and abundant seabirds
  • Follow a guide on a nature walk at the Motuara Island bird sanctuary
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
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What is the maximum group size during Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Amazing Tour
, Jun 2020
I really recommend this tour!! The guides are so nice and passionated about their work. We had a lot of luck. We saw the dolphins twice and on the way back to Picton they were jumping. It was amazing!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thanks you very much for your feedback ! A real pleasure to have you on board. Have a great day and thanks again :-)
, Feb 2020
The boat was overcrowded. There were 30 people on board and only seating for 15 inside the cabin. Four people were sitting outside where it was windy and wet. The other 11 people had to stand. We never went to the Wildlife Sanctuary as planned. After boarding the boat we were told that it was too rough to go to to Motaura Island where we were to have had a guided tour. Instead we were taken to Ship’s Cove where we were basically left on our own for one hour. The company should have a alternate program with a guided tour if Motaura Island is not available and should say so up front. Only wildlife we saw was two Seals.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Due to Motuara Island being further out in the sounds, sometimes if the weather conditions change, it restricts us from mooring up onto the jetty safely. The success rate for going onto Motuara is very high but if it deems to be to rough it is always the skippers call. Our alternative to this is to go and visit ships cove which is a national memorial for Captain Cook himself. As this is not a sanctuary, we let people go where they please to and are happy to answer any questions on the history or queries to Ships Cove. We are sorry you did not enjoy your tour with us.
Wow Wee so Impressive, There is so much wildlife in the Sounds.
, Jan 2019
I went on this attraction with very low expectations of seeing much in the way of wildlife but to my surprise my very professional and experienced tour guides took us past a vast array of bird life,N Z Fur Seals,Hector Dolphins and even a little Blue Penguin.Just amazing really and a must do when visiting Picton at a very fair price.
Great half day cruise. Our guide...
Mike S
, Mar 2018
Great half day cruise. Our guide and driver were both excellent, very knowledgeable and fun. Queen Charlotte's Sound unbelievably beautiful. Saw Bottlenose Dolphins swimming round the boat and a number of birds at the nature reserve.
Extrem nett
, Jan 2020
Die Besatzung hat uns bestens betreut und alles erklärt, sehr schöne Wanderung, top organisiert von erfahrenen Wildtierexperten

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