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Dolphin Watch Ecotours

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Address: The Waterfront, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 8040
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We provide award-winning, conservation focused and scenic wildlife...

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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Incredible, best experience in New Zealand. Tried to swim with dolphins in Kairioka but with no luck. The team at Eco tour Mark, Tristan, Kiah are amazing and give you the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Laura B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Incredible, best experience in New Zealand. Tried to swim with dolphins in Kairioka but with no luck. The team at Eco tour Mark, Tristan, Kiah are amazing and give you the greatest experience! Got to swim with a pod of Dolphins three times they came up so close and circled us. AMAZING! Don't go to Kairioka go to Picton!!!

Thank Laura B
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We booked a last minute trip with Eko-Tours 24 hours before and they were easily able to accommodate us. We arrived early to find out we were the only people on the trip, meaning the guys were able to focus their attention on dolphin spotting for us! We saw 6 pods of dolphins including the rare species of Hector! They... More 

Thank 521Julie89
Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I had an amazing time out on the water we saw a variety of native bird species, learnt a wealth of knowledge about the Marlborough sounds and saw a pod of dusky dolphins. I would definitely recommend the trip to Motuara Island, where we walked to the top of the island stopping on the way having a look at some... More 

Thank Mintgreen6
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

lovely day! Great info about the wild life. Got to see Penguins nesting in the kiwi boxes and nice bit of history about Captain cooks landings in ship cove and Dolphins of course swimming in the sounds! awesome

Thank Nradich
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and crew were wonderful. The environment is amazing and the boat very comfortable. There were some of our group from South East Asia who had never been on the water before but the crew and company are so professional they had no issues at all and all really loved the day out.

Thank deborahlindsay75
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This set up is well run with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff and crew! We were kitted out in wet suits...NOT a pretty sight unless you're a size 10 with no lumps and bumps....but, this was not a fashion parade! We were taken out and the dolphins were, at first, a little elusive but the crew clearly knew where to look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Even though it was a cool and cloudy April day in Picton, we had a great time on this small boat tour (one of the last for the season). Our crew of two was enthusiastic and helpful, with a real appreciation of the environment of Queen Charlotte Sound. We understand that the management of the company was about to change;... More 

Thank Melbourne3058
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was one of the best things that I did in New Zealand! The trip was fantastic. The guides were really knowledgeable and I learned so much about dolphins and about the Marlborough Sounds. We had 3 different drops (opportunities to swim with the dolphins) on the trip. The captain and crew gave us every opportunity to swim with the... More 

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Glen M, General Manager at Dolphin Watch Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words! We take pride in what we do and of course the dolphins that are wild and free here in the Sounds! We are so happy you had such a wonderful time out there with us and that we managed to become one of the highlights of your trip :) Just a quick note though,... More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

did the tour out to motuara island. captain paul has sharp eyes and exhaustive experience and will make sure you see plenty of wildlife. try to sit up next to him on the captain's bench and you'll get some extra info and potentially drive the boat home! the sounds are so beautiful, don't miss the chance to see them and... More 

Thank Lindsey B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Had a fantastic morning out on the water, lucky enough to see a big group of very playful Hector's Dolphins! Great info about the wildlife and coastline from Glen & Larissa during the trip who also made it a lot of fun 😃 thoroughly recommend!

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