Wildlife Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Cruise

Marlborough Sounds departing Picton

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  • Fully guided wildlife and dolphin cruise
  • Encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species
  • Cruise through the scenic and sheltered waters of the southern Queen Charlotte Sound

Embark on a fully guided wildlife and dolphin cruise like no other. Travel through Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound to unique Wildlife Sanctuary Islands, encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way.

Why You'll Love This

What's Included?

  • 4 hour cruise on Marlborough Sounds
  • 30 mins briefing
  • Dolphin spotting (90% encounter rate)
  • Access to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary
  • Expert guide

Meet your guides at Picton waterfront before boarding your vessel for a conservation focused wildlife adventure. Cruise the majestic Marlborough Sounds on a scenic journey to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary.

The outstanding commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy playful Hector's, bottlenose, or dusky dolphins as they come into view, with a 90% encounter rate. You will also see New Zealand fur seals and numerous other seabirds before landing at Motuara Island for an hour long nature walk to remember. You can choose whether to explore the island on your own or go with your knowledgeable guide who will point out the resident blue penguins, rare saddleback, bellbirds, robins, pigeons and kakariki (parakeets).

After your walk, sit back and relax on the boat with a hot drink and biscuits as you head back to Picton, keeping an eye out once again for any dolphins that come out to say hello or any other species you discover.

On the Day

Session Length

  • Please allow five hours for this experience
  • Tours commence at 7:15am (summer only) and 1.15pm (year round)
  • There is a 30 minute briefing at the start of each tour

Numbers on the Day

There will be up to 30 people on the boat.

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Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.