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World-Class Wildlife & Nature Tours in New Zealand ☺️

Moturara Island and Dolphin Cruise

Motuara Island
Wildlife Sanctuary
& Dolphin Cruise

Meets all Ferry departures
0800 or 1330

Call 03 5738040

Endangered Species Tour. WCA

Endangered Species Tour
20% OFF
(until 31/10/2023)
* T+Cs apply

Online: Promo CODE, WCA20

Ph 03 573 8040

Cruise Ship Passengers Custom Cruise

Best 2 Hr Experience in Marlborough

Wildlife, Beach & Wine Cruise

Ideal for cruise ship passengers

Ph 03 573 8040 

Kids Go FREE. School Holiday Special

Show your Children Wildlife up close. Supports Endangers Species.

(22/09- 08/10/2023)
* T+C apply  

Online Booking Only,


Nature & Wildlife Adventure for Your Soul

The Marlborough Sounds and Picton are one of the last undiscovered areas of New Zealand.

E-Ko has been running the best tours in Picton and the Marlborough Sounds on and off the water here for over 15 years, with thousands of happy customers.

Unique features of the area include over 1000 square kilometres of predator free islands - great for experiencing wild birds animals in their natural environment.

We have a team of passionate guides who love to show off our scenery, wildlife, people and more.

We partner with the Interislander Ferry to schedule our tour times so that you'll never miss your ferry.


No Seasickness Guarantee! (Exclusive)

We offer all guests a 'No Seasickness Guarantee'

If you suffer from seasickness on an E-Ko tour, we'll give you a FULL refund.

We guarantee this because our nature and wildlife tours take place on the beautiful, clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds - waters that are super calm.

No one wants to get seasick, and in over 15 years of operation we've never had a guest suffer from seasickness.

We are the only NZ operator willing to offer this guarantee! So be rest assured that when you travel with us, you'll never have to worry about seasickness.

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Wildlife Holidays in New Zealand for the Environmentally Conscious Tourist

Are you looking for that close-up encounter with nature but want to do it in an environmentally conscious way, without the big noisy crowds and over-excited tourists? If you want to connect with nature in a small group of like-minded people for an unforgettable wildlife eco tour then you've come to the right place. Read More

Here at E-Ko Tours, we are passionate about providing world-class tours in New Zealand in a responsible and sustainable way. Our focus is on showing you what treasures our amazing local environment has to offer, and to give back to nature through ethical tourism.

We have obtained the highest environmental certification endorsements both nationally and internationally, and have partnered with the World Cetacean Alliance, making us the only tour operator in Picton to be dual certified as both a DOC SMART Operator and WCA Responsible Whale and Dolphin Operator. Our Exclusive DOC Permits allow for our guests to swim with wild dolphins, swim with seals and view all species of dolphins on our Picton curises, or join us on our whale island tours. With our WCA-certified marine guides and our experienced skippers, we can provide you with a highly educational and thoroughly enjoyable experience you will never forget!

There Are So Many Nature Tours in NZ to Choose From

It can be tricky deciding which nature tours in NZ are best suited to you. Are you looking for educational tours, specialized birding experiences or winter whale tours? Perhaps you have your heart set on a private tour or a cruise ship tour in NZ? No matter, here at E-Ko we've got it covered with a wide range of tours from Picton.

We pride ourselves in offering great customer service, and with our focus on conservation and the local environment, our guests can have a top-quality experience up close with nature. If it's marine mammals you want to see and encounter nature on a cruise then our sturdy boats and skilful captains will navigate you through the tranquil waterways of the Marlborough Sounds where you can mix with endangered Hector's dolphins, dusky and bottlenose dolphins, orcas, New Zealand fur seals, and seasonal cetaceans like southern right and humpback whales.

If you are more of an avian admirer then you must join one of our daily nature and wildlife tours to Motuara Island. The area provides a safe haven for many endangered species that are no longer found anywhere else in New Zealand due to evasive predators. We are the only tour operators to provide fully guided tours on the predator-free island, where you can spot rare and endangered birds such as saddlebacks, melodic bellbirds and yellow-crowned parakeets.

What Makes E-Ko Tours the Best Nature & Wildlife Eco Tour Around?

Wildlife holidays in New Zealand can evoke images of wild seas, huge icebergs and crashing whale flukes all around creating an unstable boat and nauseous inclinations. Marlborough Sounds is different. Found on the north-easterly tip of the South Island and thanks to its eternally calm and well-protected crystal blue waterways, seasickness is something we guarantee against - or your money back! Never in the 10 years we've been operating has this guarantee ever been challenged.

Marlborough Sounds is a hive of biodiversity, and thanks to its lush green mountainsides and swell-free waters you will be able to learn about its unique inhabitants and see them up close in their protected environment through our guided Queen Charlotte Tracks. Feel free to check out all the best things to do in Picton while you're at it.

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