Perano Whale Station Experience


  • Perano Whale Station
  • Wildlife
  • No Seasickness Guaranteed

Learn about our commitment to sustainability

Tour info in brief

4-5 hours
8.30 AM
Pricing: Adult: $99 (16+ years)
Child: $55 (5 – 15 years)
Infant: $30 (0 – 4 years)
Location: 1 Wellington Street , Picton
Briefing: 8.15 AM

No Seasickness Guarantee

About the Tour

The E-Ko Whale Station Experience

Please note this tours is only for group bookings of 10 or more passengers.

We start at the Picton History and Whaling Museum.

This experience starts or ends where you will learn about the forgotten history of whaling in New Zealand which was from 1827 – 1964.

You have the option to walk a short distance with us to the Picton Whaling Museum where you can see hundreds of artefacts from the whaling era and hear the stories that surround them.

In addition we will introduce you to a REAL whaler who lived and worked during that historic era.

You will be able to actually ask him about his first hand experiences working and living at the station. (subject to availability)

Tour Times⏰

  • Briefing times: 08:15
  • Trip duration: 4-5 hours


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

What to expect

Cruise on a Wildlife Tour for 1 Hour 

Look for Wildlife on the way to the Tory channel entrance. Dolphins are usually spotted , New Zealand Fur seals, Seabirds and we stop and enjoy whatever we find on the way. The Captain will tell you the local history and whaling stories going back to 1800 when it all began.

Stop at the oldest land based Whale station form the early 1800 era when row boats were used and see the remaining artifacts of the beginning of New Zealand. A short distance away then to the only restored Whale Station in New Zealand.

Perano Whaling Station 

Then we cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station through the calm, beautiful and majestic Queen Charlotte Sound to the Tory Channel, seeing a variety of marine wildlife on the way.

Get hands-on with the Whaling Era

The Perano Whaling Station is the only restored whaling station in New Zealand. You will be able to see and touch actual machinery used during New Zealand’s whaling era.

You will experience a specially commissioned audio visual presentation that tells the stories of the whaling era in the whaler’s old recreation building.

See how whalers and their families lived and worked back in those days at this beautiful but isolated location.

You will have time to wander the station to touch and feel the artifacts, go into the station working floor and actually touch the winches and machinery.

Measure out a whale, throw a harpoon into a target and sharpen a knife on the original stone wheel!

You will get a real feel of what it was to be a whaler 2 centuries ago. A unique Kiwi experience.

Learn about current whale behaviour and trends.

In addition you will see a display on current whale research; learn about the increasing migrating whale population and the Cook Strait Whale Survey.

During the 2015 season 140 whales were recorded in just 30 days.

What to bring


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

“What a great trip”

Trip Advisor – 5 Star *****

What a great trip out to see migrating whales in Cook Strait. When we got into Cook Strait I wondered how we were going to be able to see any whales as the area is so vast. But Paul had it covered with whale spotters up the hill and they saw two large whales quite quickly. They surfaced about 8 times close to the boat. What an awesome experience. We also went to the old whaling station which was great background information. Put this on your list. But they only migrate in winter so book in quick.

“A good day to go”

Trip Advisor – 5 Star *****

We went out on this trip today in overcast weather, towards Cook strait via the Tory channel. This is an amazing trip with a skipper who is very passionate about conservation and his first mate who made passengers comfortable and looked after the periphery of the boat. The commentary was knowledgeable and the video at the whaling station was excellent. It was a good day to go, alas no whales were sighted (one maybe but too hard to tell): for all that it was an excellent morning out and the competency of the skipper and crew is to be commended, thank you so much: