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Wildlife and Wine – Kaipupu Sanctuary Tour


  • Cruise Calm Sheltered Waters of Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Experienced Captains with Fun and informative commentary
  • Personalised Small Fully Guided Group Tour (1-15 ratio)
  • FREE Binoculars for you and Species ID Cards
  • Amazing Photo opportunities so close you only need a phone
  • FREE High-Quality Wildlife Photos
  • Family Friendly Boats with Children Toys and education
  • Complimentary Local Wine on PM Tours
  • Travel with E-Ko and Support local Conservation efforts
  • Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary guided Walk

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Take an E-Ko Tour!

A portion of each tour fee goes back into conservation

Tour info in brief

2 Hours
Departs Hourly
Pricing: Adult: $75 (16+ years)
Child: $34 (5 – 15 years)
Infant: N/A
Location: 1 Wellington Street, Picton
Briefing: 30 mins before departure

No Seasickness Guarantee

About the Tour

Cruise with your Skipper and Guide to Kaipupu Sanctuary to enjoy a short walk and see beautiful regenerating native bush, native bird species and the best views in the lower sounds.

Then cruise over to Double Cove Marine Reserve, getting up close to seabirds species, seals and penguins along the way. In Double Cove the fish are so tame they will come right up to the boat giving you a fantastic view of blue cod – up close and personal!

During the cruise enjoy a glass of famous Pinot Gris from Yealands award-winning vineyard – a sustainably produced local product.

NZ Fur Seal on rock in Picton little blue penguins Kaipupu sanctuary Fantail Kaipupu Sanctuary Pied Shag Little Black Shag Fluttering Shearwater Australasian Gannet


What to expect

Kaipupu Point Tour – Wine and Wildlife Tour

Stunning wildlife and scenery with world renowned wines.

Now enjoy both on our popular two hour Marlborough Sounds cruise which features our ‘no sea sickness guarantee’

Got a ferry to catch?

This short tour has been designed with our partners at the Interislander Ferry to coordinate perfectly with their ferry departures – so this tour is perfect if you have a few spare hours in Piton before you ferry leaves.

Tour Overview

  • Depart Picton waterfront and learn about the Marlborough Sounds from our highly trained Guide/Skipper.
  • Take a short stroll to the lookout on Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary and see the best view in the Southern Queen Charlotte Sound.
  • See many species of land birds and learn how a community has developed this wildlife reserve in conjunction with the Department of Conservation.
  • Back on-board for a glass of Yealands wine and soak in the ambience of the majestic Marlborough Sounds.
  • Use our ID cards and binoculars to search for and learn about marine wildlife on a cruise to Marlborough’s oldest marine reserve.
  • Take up-close photos with NZ Fur Seals, Little Blue Penguins, Sea Birds, feed tame fish and much more…

About Kaipupu Point

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 2005 to protect and enhance our unique New Zealand wildlife.

The Sanctuary is situated at the head of Picton harbour, Queen Charlotte Sound.

As it is a ‘mainland island sanctuary’ that is separated from the mainland by a predator proof fence, the only access for the public is via water.

You’ll have stunning views out to the Sounds, back to Picton and experience forest which in some places has original virgin growth.

With no predators, bird watching is often a very magical experience on the Sanctuary.

What you can See:

Sea Birds

  • Little Blue Penguins
  • Fluttering Shearwaters
  • White Fronted Tern
  • Spotted Shag, Pied Shag, Little Black Shag
  • Australasian Gannets

Marine Mammals

  • New Zealand Fur Seals

Land Birds

  • Fantail
  • Grey Warbler
  • Tui
  • Bellbird
  • New Zealand Wood Pigeon
  • New Zealand Robin

We depart from Picton Waterfront which has a carpark 200 metres from the E-Ko shop 🙂

  • Bookings essential
  • Tour requires a minimum of 6 to operate
  • Tour may be cancelled due to weather or safety at our discretion / Full refund
  • 24 Hours notice of customers cancellation required for refund

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Footwear you can walk in
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Light jacket if overcast


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

“Worth it at twice the price”

Trip advisor – 5 STar *****

Worth it at twice the price. Outstanding job. Showed us all there was to see due to expert knowledge of the wildlife and their locations

“Totally awesome Eco Tour”

Facebook –5 Star *****

Totally awesome Eco tour, i so loved seeing all the amazing bird life It was truly the best day ever 🙂 ohh and to see the Hectors too was just icing on the cake. Only sorry that I couldn’t stay longer but i,ll be back 🙂 Bless