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Whale 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 whale tours below.

Humpback tail slap

4 hours

Daily Departures:
8.00 AM

Marlborough Sounds is Your Unparalleled Destination for Whale Watching!

If you’ve been looking for the whale-watching adventure of a lifetime, you’ve come to the right place. We offer the most exhilarating whale watching tours in New Zealand in the stunning Marlborough Sounds. If you're seeking an unforgettable wildlife encounter and a thrilling eco-conscious experience, you can rest assured you won’t be disappointed.

Our team at E-Ko Tours comprises of fully qualified experts in marine biology and wildlife conservation. When you join us, you're in the hands of professionals who are passionate about preserving the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds, as well as educating every guest who embarks on our whale watching tours.

We take pride in being the only tour operator based in New Zealand's Marine Mammal Sanctuary. This means you're guaranteed an up-close encounter with these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. You’ll get to visit the Perano Whaling Station, New Zealand's only restored whale station, and learn about the whaling heritage while appreciating the progress we've made in marine conservation. When you choose to tour with us, you're not just enjoying a thrilling adventure — you're contributing to local conservation efforts. We exist to protect the marine environment we cherish. Read More

Whale Watching Tours Unlike Any Other

We put the mammals first! Our nature tours in NZ are designed with the utmost respect for the environment and its inhabitants. We take eco-consciousness seriously and operate in a sustainable manner to minimise our ecological footprint.

You’ll become a whale-spotting pro with our expert guides. We'll teach you how to use binoculars effectively, ensuring you don't miss a single breathtaking moment. Your adventurous spirit seeks encounters with Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales, but that's not all! Keep an eye out for playful New Zealand Fur Seals, dolphins, albatross, and even rare sightings of the King Shag.

Your Whale Watching Adventure Embarks from Picton

Our whale island tours schedules are seamlessly integrated with the Interislander ferry, ensuring you never miss your tour ferry, and you can enjoy complimentary refreshments on board as you cruise through the enchanting southern Queen Charlotte Sound. It's the perfect way to relax and savour the moment while you’re fully guided by experienced experts throughout your journey. Their knowledge and passion for marine life is guaranteed to enhance your experience.

Our tours depart from Picton's waterfront, just a short distance from main street, with convenient parking nearby. It couldn't be easier to join us for your adventure. Don't forget your camera to capture these magical moments, as well as sunglasses, suncream, and light waterproofs. We advise you dress warmly and wear flat shoes for a truly comfortable experience.

Don't wait! Join us for a whale watching New Zealand adventure that promises excitement, education, and an unforgettable connection with nature. Our five-star reviews speak for themselves – adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts can't get enough of our tours. Book one of our whale watching tours or other picton activitiestoday and experience the magic for yourself! Your journey into the heart of Marlborough Sounds awaits. Read less

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