- Orange Fronted Kakariki
- Rare Native Birds
- King Shags
- Complimentary Hot Drinks and Biscuits
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Tour info in brief
|8.00 AM – 1330 PM|
|Pricing:||Adult: 16+ $169
Child: (5-15 years) $125
Infant: (0-5 years) $55
|Location:||1 Wellington Street, Picton|
|Briefing:||15 Minutes Prior|
No Seasickness Guarantee
About the Tour
Birds, Birds Birds!
If you want to find the Orange Fronted Kakariki then this is the best place in New Zealand to do it. 95% Success rate.
We can drop you on the island and pick you up on the same day. Or you can spend the night on Blumine Island to explore a little more. $169
What to expect
For 1 day :
We will drop you off on Blumine Island at approximately 9am, or in the afternoon at 14.30, and pick you up about 2 hours later for return to Picton. (This part of the tour is unguided).
For more than 1 day :
We can also drop you onto Blumine Island to camp at the DOC campsite and pick up up the next day. Make sure all your gear is clean and you have followed the Biosecurity protocol set out by DOC.
For bird enthusiasts keen on seeking the incredibly rare and endangered Orange-fronted Kakariki, you have a 95% 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. Sighting 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!
If you stay for a full day you have five and half hours on Blumine – so 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 walking track.
Our comfortable vessels and expert team take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul.
What to bring
- Sun hat and sunglasses
- Food (in sealed bags)
- 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.