Luxury Private Charter


  • Private Luxury Dolphin Swimming Tour
  • 5 species of Dolphin possible, Bottlenose, Dusky, Hectors, Common and Orca
  • Wetsuits and all equipment provided
  • Pick up and drop off service from accomodation
  • Fun qualified guide and experienced captain
  • Amazing Photo opportunities

Save the planet –
Take an E-Ko Tour!

A portion of each tour fee goes back into conservation

Tour info in brief

4 hours
0800, 1300
Pricing: Adult: $3500
Child: $3500
Infant: $3500
Location: No1 Wellington Street Picton
Briefing: 30 minutes before departure

No Seasickness Guarantee

About the Tour

We take you where the wildlife is!

Join us on this luxury private charter in the majestic Marlborough Sounds with the award-winning local wildlife experts.

Join us on New Zealand’s best dolphin and wildlife experience in the calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds on your own private charter.

Dusky Dolphins Swimming Dolphin Swimming with Duskie Orca in Picton Humpback tail slap Huang lei Kiwi release Orca up close with E-Ko Rowi Kiwi at E-Ko Dolphin Watching NZ Fur Seal on rock in Picton


What to expect

You Choose

You can choose what you want to do for up to 12 guests. We’ll take you to the wildlife sanctuary Islands to visit rare and endangered species only found here.

Like the Orange-Fronted Kakariki or the Rowi Kiwi, see the King Shags which are only found locally.

Or enjoy the Dolphins with either a Swimming Tour of Dolphin Watching tour, the choice is yours and we can help cater for any requirements.

We’ll be searching for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector’s dolphins that frequent this unique area.

Experience Magical Dolphins

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. No one else has this ability.

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.

Historical Significance

Motuara Island was significant for Maori. At the southern tip of Motuara Island is smaller Hippa Island which was the site of a pre-European Maori Pa.

The adjacent Ship Cove was where Maori first met pakeha on a sustained basis – our guides will show you exactly where.

Motuara Island was the location where, in 1770, Captain Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island.

Other Wildlife

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

Come and experience a true adventure for your soul – an experience you’ll never forget.

We’ll take you to the Wildlife and provide respectful interactions that are fun.

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Your camera
  • sunscreen
  • A sense of adventure 🙂
  • We provide all other equipment

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

5 star review

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

Swimming with wild dolphins in near lake conditions with fun and knowledgeable guides …. Can’t get any better. Truly.