Dolphin Watching Tour


  • 5 possible Dolphin Species
  • Calm Sheltered Waters

Pricing from:

  • Adult: $99
    16+ years
  • Child: $55
    5 – 15 years
  • Infant: $30
    0 – 4 years

Tour Info

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departures:
    Daily at 0900; 1330
  • Location:
    No 1 Wellington Street, Picton
  • Briefing Time: 0845; 1315

View Wild Dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds

Join us on New Zealand’s best dolphin experience in the beautiful, calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.

We take you where the wildlife is!🐬
We’ll be searching for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector’s dolphins that frequent this unique area.

Whether it’s watching a group quietly cruising along or marvelling at their high leaps, back-flips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight and will leave you gasping in amazement.

Guides and Permits
Our degree qualified guides are there to make sure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible.

Our special Department of Conservation permits allow us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds.

We’ll take you there and provide respectful interactions with these amazing creatures.

Once spotted, we’ll cruise with the dolphins to get you the best photo and video opportunities.  As a permitted operator, we abide by the rules and regulations established for dolphin watching activities.

More than just Dolphins
During the cruise, we’re also likely to see NZ Fur Seals and a wide variety of seabirds (like Gannets, Shearwaters and Penguins).

Once you have had a magical viewing experience we will be waiting with drinks and cookies which you can enjoy while we cruise back to Picton.

Unlike other dolphin swimming operations around New Zealand where several boats are around the same group of dolphins, we are Picton’s only dolphin experience operator.

No Seasickness (Guaranteed)
We primarily operate in an area of little to no sea swell – meaning seasickness is never an issue for our guests.

In fact we guarantee that there will be no sea sickness on all our tours – and are the ONLY operator confident enough to do this.

Small Groups
This is no mass market experience – we have a tour guide for every 15 people on board – with a maximum of 30 passengers.


  • Adult: (16+ years) $99
  • Child: (5-15 years) $55
  • Infant: (0-4 years) $30

Tour Times⏰

Morning Tours

  • Briefing: 08:30
  • Departure: 09:00
  • Duration: 4 hours

Afternoon Tours

  • Briefing: 13:15
  • Departure: 13:30
  • Duration: 4 hours

Our Location
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!

Come inside to see our stunning display of life size models of the wildlife species you will encounter on your experience.

Wildlife information can be downloaded free to your phone.

Board our purpose built vessels at our floating wharf for your small group experience before embarking on your cruise through the scenic and sheltered waters of the southern Queen Charlotte Sound.

If you have any concerns please contact us and talk to one of our expert guides who will help assess your suitability to participate in this tour.


Trip Advisior – 5 Star *****

“Dolphin Watching Tour ”
6 May 2017 Reviewed by Sarcha-Joseph H
We took my 80-year-old nana dolphin watching for her birthday and had the most amazing day!!!

We were treated to three pods of Hector dolphins and then a large group of bottlenose.

Both Paul and Tristan on board the Boat were fantastic at pointing out all the wildlife along the way and explaining all the local history also. We were very lucky to have a small group on board that day so plenty of room to sit and move around as we pleased.

The tour operates in very sheltered parts so it was such a calm trip barely noticed you were on a boat all day. Definitely, a must do!!!!!


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Chanella Hall reviewed E-Ko Tours — 5 star
November 16, ·

I can’t put it into words how my experience was like, it was beyond amazing that they were a hands length away and even closer a lot of the time. It will be something I will never forget.

We are saving again to come back as soon as possible, hopefully, this year or the start of next year. And thank you to our instructor and captain (im sorry im bad with names) you guys were awesome!!

I didn’t want to leave. Anyway, we will see you again soon. Thanks again 🙂


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Sean Glover reviewed E-Ko Tours — 5 star
January 2, 2016, ·

There should be a rating of double star 10 then maybe you’ll get an idea of just how good these guys are.