Only Available to limited Numbers. 14 passengers per tour : Exclusive Tour
Limited availability during winter, only during Annual Whale Migration
New Zealand's First Whale Migration Tour!
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
We cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station through the calm, beautiful and majestic Queen Charlotte Sound to the Tory Channel, seeing a variety of marine wildlife on the way. The Perano Whaling Station is the only restored whaling station in New Zealand. You will be able to see and touch actual machinery used during New Zealand’s whaling era.
You will experience a specially commissioned audio visual presentation that tells the stories of the whaling era in the whalers' old recreation building. See how whalers and their families lived and worked back in those days at this beautiful but isolated location. How they changed from hunters to conservationists and became part of the Department of Conservation Whale migration survey for 10 years.
You will have time to wander the station to touch and feel the artefacts, go into the station working floor and actually touch the winches and machinery. Measure out a whale and hear the stories and read the Department of Conservation information on display at their facility. You will get a real feel of what it was to be a whaler 2 centuries ago.
In addition you will see a display on current whale research; learn about the increasing migrating whale population and the Cook Strait Whale Survey. During the 2015 season, 140 Whales were recorded in 30 days. Every year more Baleen Whales migrate and you can be one of the limited number of people able to observe this.
Get your own set of Binoculars and Whale ID cards and help to find a Whale onboard our fully covered and stable vessel. We stay inshore within 2km of the coast line as this is where the whales travel.
Experience what it is like to see migrating Baleen Whales as they travel on the surface in this whale hotspot. This area historically is where whaling began in 1829 as it was prolific and is the best place in New Zealand to see migrating whales over the winter months. This area had 10 operational Whale Stations as it was so prolific in Whales and now the Whales are coming back to their traditional migration route directly passed the old Perano restored Whale Station at Tory Channel entrance.
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 (early departure returns to Ferry dock if required)
Days : Sundays and Wednesdays. Other days possible for group booking over 10 passengers
Starting : 11th June
Price : $145 per passenger
Booking : email@example.com Phone : 0064 3 5738040
A fantastic opportunity for a limited number of people to fully immerse in a Whale experience during an annual migration, see and feel the history, see the Conservation in action and go out to sea in a boat looking for the migrating giants travelling on the surface close to shore.
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 of adversity by the settlers and also of Maoris and Europeans 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 has 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.