Only Available to limited Numbers. 14 passengers per tour
5-6 hour tour , limited availability during Winter only
Age Range : 16 - 95
From June to August is a Fantastic time to go looking for whales in the Cook strait as it is the annual migration of the Baleen Species of Whales
A fantastic opportunity for a limited number of people to fully immerse in a Whale experience , see and feel the History , see the Conservation in action and go out to see in a boat looking for the migrating giants .
Conditions Note : Going out into Cook Strait is subject to acceptable weather conditions assessed on the day from the Whale Station. If NO whales sighted then a $50 refund given.
Departures : 0800 - 1300 or 1230 - 1730
Booking : email - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0064 (3) 5738040
Bottlenose dolphins are found throughout the world's oceans (except for extreme polar latitudes) and are frequent visitors to the Marlborough Sounds all year long. These dolphins move into the Sounds in large social groups, consisting of groups ranging from 2 - 60 individuals!
Population: about 200,000, half of which are in Australia.
Found on: rocky shores throughout mainland New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, and the Subantarctic islands, as well as parts of Australia.
Fur seals and sea lions are distinguished from other seals by their external ear flaps and hind flippers which rotate forward, allowing them to move quickly on land.
Here at E-Ko Tours we are proud to follow the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 and the Marine Mammal Protection Regulations 1992. These ensure the marine mammals of New Zealand are protected and that their conservation is a top priority. Our interactions with the marine mammals of the Marlborough Sounds adhere to all regulations and our conservation focused tours are designed to educate and raise awareness about conservation in the Marlborough Sounds.
Whales Migrating through the Cook strait come close to shore where the 5 whaling stations were based in Tory Channel.
Whaling started in tory channel in early 1800 possibly the first place in NZ with a station in 1819. Whaling continued up until 1964 when the Perano station closed .
The story is one off adversity by the settlers and also of Maori and European working together to form the first communities in New Zealand .
The isolated existence and difficult working conditions produced many a great tale. The Perano family have allowed us to display there story on the walls of the restored recreation Hall at the Department of Conservation restored Whaling Station , this is a ONE of a kind experience in New Zealand with an authentic KIWI story not to be missed.