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Dolphin Watch Ecotours

The Waterfront, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 8040
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Ranked #4 of 18 activities in Picton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for a Swim With Dolphins experience! We provide award-winning scenic wildlife cruises and walks... more » Owner description: Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for a Swim With Dolphins experience! We provide award-winning scenic wildlife cruises and walks at Historic Ship Cove or Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary in New Zealand’s stunning Marlborough Sounds. 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. « less
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a late review I am afraid. Better late than never to relate advice that anyone in the Charlotte Sound area should include the tour including the island visit in their plans. We went in November 2013 and the afternoon was fantastic. King Shags, dolphins galore and plenty of bird life on Motorua Island. The guides were very engaging... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My husband sister and I had a wonderful afternoon on this tour which included a visit to the beautiful Motuara island birdlife sanctaury. The tour gives an outstanding view of Queen Charlotte Sound and the boat allows excellent viewing of the wildlife. We had spectacular views of a pod of bottlenose dolphins and hectors dolphins along with seals penguins and... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

From the helpful email communication from the team before I even got to Picton, everything about the trip was a pleasure. My daughter did get to actually swim with dolphins, we saw the rare Hectors and then swam with the bottlenose dolphins and they came up close to my daughter. Though the dolphins must think the swimmers are pretty crazy... More

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Oxfordshire,UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We took the bird sanctuary tour and were lucky with the weather - although it did rain, it was first pleasant sat out on the front of the boat watching seals and then walking up the pathway on the bird sanctuary island. It was only as we descended the track back to the boat that the rain started, however as... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was a wonderful afternoon out with the staff of Dolphin Watch Ecotours. We did the trip to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, which includes so much more besides. An amazing view is to be had from the top of the island, after a 'chat' with a very tame NZ robin on the way! Later we saw Hector's Dolphins all around... More

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Absolutely amazing, once in a lifetime experience! Great guides, very knowledgeable and clearly compassionate about conservation and dolphins in particular. Really fun and caring group of people.

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JP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We had a great time watching and learning about the NZ wildlife in Queen Charlotte sound. The guides were passionate and knowledgeable and worked hard at providing that unique kiwi service of friendliness and professionalism. A lot time is taken up in getting to locations, but the guide are constantly scanning the horizon trying to seek out more wildlife for... More

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Comet, Qld
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My rating is mainly because I felt this was very poor value for money. I know that no one can guarantee the wildlife (we hardly saw any) or the weather (we got hailed on) so that's no one's fault. Though we might have seen more birds on Motuara Island if we hadn't galloped to the top. Any wildlife worth it's... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I tried to do this swim with the dolphins in February but there was only the Hector's Doilphins to view and what a brilliant display they put on. Nevertheles they allow you try again (or some money back) and I did. This time when I went the Bottlenose Dolphins were there (they're big close up) and I have to say... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

A big kudos to the team at Dolphin Watch Ecotours! Friendly and passionate staff make this tour a pleasant ride on the sea. On our tour, we hadn't seen dolphins for almost three hours, until finally we found a pod of very small and cute Hector dolphins. We stayed and watched them for 10 minutes, until they vanished. Then we... More

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Glen M, Owner at Dolphin Watch Ecotours, responded to this review

Hello Martin, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us and what wonderful feedback it is! You are clearly someone who like us, has the ultimate respect for the these amazing wild creatures. It was a real pleasure to have you and your partner onboard and thankyou for being an advocate for keeping dolphins wild... More

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