Flying Dolphin Experience


  • Private Luxury Dolphin Swimming Tour
  • No Seasickness guarantee as we are in the calmest water in NZ 🙂
  • Best Helicopter and pilot in Marlborough 
  • Best Captain and Guide in Picton Provided
  • Wetsuits and Equipment fitted at Private facilities at Bay of Many Coves Resort
  • 5 species of Dolphin possible, Bottlenose, Dusky, Hectors, Common and Orca
  • Qualified Marine Educator onboard
  • Custom options available to include Sanctuary Island stop and Lunch
  •  Bay of Many Coves full facilities available 

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Tour info in brief

4 hours
8.00 AM, 10.30AM
Pricing: Adult: $5900
Location: Blenheim or Picton Airport

No Seasickness Guarantee

About the Tour

We take you where the wildlife is!

Dolphin experience in the majestic Marlborough Sounds with the award-winning local wildlife experts.

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

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

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!

Our special Department of Conservation permits allows 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.

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

Once spotted, we’ll cruise with the dolphins and get the swimmers ready if conditions allow.  As a permitted operator, we abide by the rules and regulations established for dolphin swimming and viewing activities.

If conditions are good, then we’ll place you in the water where you will experience a true adventure for your soul – an experience you’ll never forget.

Once you come out of the water your guides 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 Swimming operator – that means we’re the only boat with swimmers in the water with a group of dolphins.

All equipment is provided for you. Just bring your swim wear, a towel, your camera and a sense of adventure.

Eurocopter Swimming iwth Dolphins Dolphin Watching


What to expect

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream

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.

What people are saying about us

“Double Star 10”

Facebook – 5 Star *****

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

“The Most Amazing Day”

Trip Advisor – 5 Star *****

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!!!!!