- Two Predator Free Sanctuaries
- Rare Native Birds
- Guided Tour of Motuara
- King Shags
- Complimentary Hot Drinks and Biscuits
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Tour info in brief
|Pricing:||Adult: 16+ $190
Child: (5-15 years) $125
Infant: (0-5 years) $55
|Location:||1 Wellington Street, Picton|
No Seasickness Guarantee
About the Tour
Birds, Birds Birds! Two Islands in one amazing day – Blumine Island and Motuara Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Our passionate expert guides will be with you on the boat and on Motuara Island – our team are passionate about the local environment and love to share its unique aspects with our small groups.
What to expect
We will drop you off on Blumine Island at approximately 9am (this part of the tour is unguided). For bird enthusiasts keen on seeking the rare and endangered Orange-fronted Kakariki, you have a 90% success rate of finding this elusive bird. Bird watchers from all over the world come here to photograph and view these amazing creatures. This is the only place in New Zealand now to realistically see the rarest of New Zealand’s Bush Birds. This bird takes patience and success is achieved in a small area of search with lots of other bird species to view whilst waiting. Before we drop you off on the island we will tell you our secret method for success. 🙂 Please note; there is no jetty or pier onto the island, so you may end up with wet feet getting on and off the vessel! As you have five and half hours on Blumine you will also have time to look for South Island Saddleback, Bellbirds, Kereru, Tomtits, Tui, Weka, and the very rare Mohua. Also, there is a second world war Gun emplacement accessed by an easy to follow track. We will pick you up at approximately 2.30pm and take you up to Motuara Island, a predator-free, premier wildlife sanctuary which is home to some rare species such as the yellow-crowned parakeet and South Island Saddleback. Our comfortable vessels and expert team take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul. Expert commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy playful Hector’s, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins (90% encounter rate!). Explore the island on your own or go with our knowledgeable guide who will point out and describe the resident blue penguins, rare saddleback, melodic bellbirds, cheeky robins, native pigeons and yellow-crowned parakeets (kakariki). If it’s a clear day, you may also be able to spot the North Island in the distance.
What to bring
- Sun hat/sunglasses
- Rain jacket
- Good walking shoes
Where are we?
We are located conveniently on Picton’s main waterfront with car parking close by and only a 1-minute walk from the main street.
Just look for the Dusky Dolphin outside our shop.
Before your tour starts feel free to take a seat inside the shop or outside on our sun drenched deck and enjoy the stunning views.
Customers can also get online with our free WiFi, and purchase a tea or coffee to enjoy on the deck.
You will Never Miss your Ferry
Our tour schedules are integrated with the Interislander – so there is no chance that you’ll miss your ferry.