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Dolphin 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 dolphin tours below.


Bottlenose Dolphin watching in Picton 2023

1-2 hours

Daily Departures:
8.00 AM, 10.00 AM, 12.00 AM , 14.00 PM

Dusky Dolphins Swimming

2 - 4 hours

Daily Departures:
9.00 AM


Unforgettable Dolphin Tours Await You!

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey into the enchanting world of marine life? Then you’ve come to the right place! We're your premier destination for dolphin tours in the breathtaking waters of southern Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand. Our dolphin eco tour promises an experience like no other, designed over 25 years and focused on adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts seeking the thrill of encountering these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Our team of fully WCA-qualified tour guides are passionate about marine life and dedicated to providing you with a safe and memorable adventure. We’re the only DOC-licensed company permitted to conduct tours in this pristine area, ensuring you get the most authentic and intimate wildlife encounter while prioritising the welfare of the dolphins above all else. We are also proud to be endorsed by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Association (WCA), which is a true testament to our commitment to marine conservation and responsible tourism. We are also the only operator in New Zealand to offer a 100% No- Sea Sickness Guarantee and a 100% Dolphin Guarantee on our Dolphin Watching Tours. Read More

Dolphin Tours in New Zealand with Guarantees

We're so confident in our dolphin tours in New Zealand that if you don't spot dolphins on your trip, you'll receive a return ticket for free. 100% Dolphin Guarantee. And if you’re worried about seasickness, don't be! Our tours take place on calm waters, with comfortable boats and Experienced Captains so we offer a 100% no-sea-sickness guarantee to ensure your comfort.

We place the well-being of dolphins and their environment at the forefront. We follow strict eco-conscious practices to minimise our impact on the ecosystem. And while dolphins are the stars of the show, our tours often bring you closer to other fascinating wildlife too!

We keep our tour groups small, with a maximum of 15 guests per tour guide and a total of no more than 30 guests aboard a ferry. This intimate setting allows you to experience the best dolphin sightings and offers an enriching educational experience. We have been waving to our Dolphins to entertain and educate them for 25 Years so NOW they seek us out to People Watch, this gives back to the Dolphins and creates trust between Dolphins and Humans and makes them smile. Now that is true Regenerative Tourism in action. So join us to be a Dolphin educator and come to make our Dolphins and yourself smile.
If you wish to get more up-close-and-personal with our cetacean neighbours, we are Picton’s only tour operator that has permission for our guests to swim with wild dolphins - a unique and unparalleled experience that no one else can provide.

Get Ready to Embark on Your New Zealand Dolphin Tour

All you need to bring is your camera, sun cream, sunglasses, and a sense of adventure. We've got the rest covered! Plus, we offer free downloadable high-quality Dolphin and Wildlife Images and have refreshments available too. On our 4-hour tours you will see more Endangered Species than any other tour in New Zealand both on sea and on land.

When you book with E-ko Tours, you're not just embarking on an adventure; you're contributing to the conservation efforts aimed at protecting these incredible animals. We have been operating as a true Regenerative Tourism business for 25 years, we are Wildlife Focused and your choice to join us will also Help the animals you encounter.

Our tours depart from Picton's main waterfront, just a 1-minute walk from the main street. Convenient parking is available too, ensuring a hassle-free start to your Picton shore excursion. Our tour schedules are integrated with the Interislander, so you won't miss your chance to see the friendly dolphins.

Book your E-ko Tour today and be prepared for an experience that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of the marine world. With various nature and wildlife tours to choose from, you can ensure you’ll get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with these incredible creatures. Book one of our dolphin tours or whale island tours now and dive into the adventure of a lifetime! Read less

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