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Address: The Waterfront, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 8040
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Description: We provide award-winning, conservation focused and scenic wildlife cruises...
We provide award-winning, conservation focused and scenic wildlife cruises through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for a Swim With Dolphins experience or our fully guided tours also explore Historic Ship Cove or Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. A clean green paradise of bush and sea full of natural beauty, history and wildlife, all waiting to be explored and experienced with a Qualmark Enviro-Gold certified cruise operator.
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Fantastic day out navigating the Marlborough Sounds

I travelled to Picton with my husband and three children especially to do the dolphin tour. It was well worth the trip! The team were very helpful in getting us all ready and set... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I travelled to Picton with my husband and three children especially to do the dolphin tour. It was well worth the trip! The team were very helpful in getting us all ready and set up with snorkels and wetsuits, we then went out to the Sounds. They showed us the wildlife in the area and pointed out the various birds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Linda & I had been touring both the North & South Islands for almost 3 weeks but had failed to do a dolphin swim in Kaikoura, fully booked for a couple of weeks, and even though it was advertised it was no longer available in Greymouth. It looked like we would have to try and make it up to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

These guys did an amazing job taking us around the natural sights of the Sounds. We saw everything we'd hoped to see and more. The team members had great knowledge of the local area and the local wildlife. Despite probably doing this trip ten times a week, they were enthusiastic and passionate. A great family day out, even with young... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We arrived in Picton as part of a large cruise group. We booked this tour the same day and had an amazing time. Saw lots of Dolphins, a shag on a rock, plenty of birds and a seal. Tour guides were friendly, answered all of our questions and went out of their way to make it a fantastic day for... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We were lucky to have a flat calm sunny day after storms the day before ..... The trip was full of variety and we saw bottle nose and hectors dolphins. The walk up to the viewpoint was worth the effort, bird spotting as we went. Great staff - friendly and knowledgable - would highly recommend this trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. Very flexible route which took us directly to wildlife spotted along the route. Saw heaps of fur seals and Hector Dolphins and many types of birds. Captured great photos too! A really great experience!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We went on the bird watching trip in the Marlborough Sound that makes a stop at Motuara Island. We had a great time. Saw dolphins and fur seal and a host of great birds including the King Shag and the Weka. On the Island we chose to stay by the freshwater spring and pool, which given the heat, was attracting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

You can clearly see how passionate the team is about dolphins and marine life in general. Their good mood is amazing and you won't have a choice but will be really excited too during the whole trip! We saw some hector dolphins and unfortunately couldn't swim with them, but still it was definitely worth it! I'd highly recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We love the attitude of all the employees of this company. They were lighthearted, fun and were thoroughly considerate of the wildlife that is resident in the Marlborough Sound. We booked in for a swim with the dolphins tour, which had to be moved to the following day as the rainy weather had closed in with some high winds. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Amazing tour and fortunate enough to see Orca. Love the company's attitude towards dolphins and marine conservation with a great team taking you out. Best thing we have done in New Zealand already.. Iain and Louise

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