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Birding Tours

The Marlborough Sounds is a place where time stands still, where endlessly green rainforests meet crystal blue waters and there is a surprise around every corner. View our range of birding tours below.

Your Ultimate Bird Watching Adventure in NZ!

Are you ready for an unforgettable wildlife adventure? Then look no further! We’re your trusted partner for exploring the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds and embarking on incredible birding tours in NZ. Join us on an expedition that will not only satisfy your adventurous spirit but also leave you with cherished memories of rare bird sightings.

When you choose E-ko Tours, you're choosing a team of fully qualified experts in the field of bird watching and ecotourism. Our guides are passionate about the environment, and they're dedicated to sharing their knowledge with you.

We understand that every adventurer is unique. That's why we offer a range of tour options, including Picton day trips and an overnight stay option. As long as your gear is clean and you've followed the Biosecurity Protocol, you can experience the magic of New Zealand's wildlife while camping. Read More

Spot Rare Birds in Marlborough Sounds

The region is a birdwatchers dream, with many rare and endemic species inhabiting the peaceful and undisturbed rocky outcrops, islands and prime roosting trees.

With such an abundance of wildlife, no two Marlborough Sounds cruises are ever the same. You may serenely sit and observe the incredible landscape and wildlife as we cruise along the shimmering waterways of Marlborough Sounds which, owing to the area’s extremely convoluted formation, constitute 1/5 of the total length of New Zealand’s coastline.

We pride ourselves on our exceptionally high success rate in spotting rare and critically endangered birds like the New Zealand King Shag and the Orange Fronted Kakariki. You can spot the King Shag on the way to Blumine Island, a paradise for bird watchers. And we’re proud sponsors of the birds on Blumine Island. We introduced 54 Orange Fronted Kakariki's to the island, and six generations later, they've not only adapted but thrived in their new home. These birds are a testament to our commitment to conservation. Please note that you might get wet feet when jumping onto Blumine Island as there's no jetty or pier. But trust us, the experience is worth it!

We have a secret method for successful bird spotting, and we're excited to share it with you. You'll leave our wildlife eco tours with newfound skills that will enhance your bird-watching adventures in the future. And on your way back to Picton, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other fascinating wildlife. The surprises continue even after you leave the island!

Our tours depart from Picton's main waterfront, a very short walk from the main street. Plus, there's parking available for your convenience and we have refreshments available on board too for unforgettable Picton shore excursions.

Your Number One Option for New Zealand Birding Tours

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore New Zealand's natural wonders with E-ko Tours. Whether you're an adventurer or a wildlife enthusiast, our walking tours, Marlborough Sounds cruise, and whale watching tours in New Zealand offer something for everyone and it’s no wonder our guests rave about us in their reviews.

Are you ready to embark on your birding adventure of a lifetime? Book your E-ko Tour today and be part of a journey that will leave you with memories to treasure forever. Don't wait; secure your spot now and let the adventure begin!
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