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 4-hour 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 1-hour nature walk at the Motuara Island bird sanctuary
Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and chocolate biscuits on the return journey
Entry/Admission - Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure & Return
Easily located at the Waterfront on Picton foreshore
Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Most travelers can participate
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
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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, 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.