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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

  • Enjoy a biologist-led, conservation-focused tour of Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Spot native and rare birds that are threatened on New Zealand's mainland
  • Hike and bird-watch on Motuara Island, and refuel with hot drinks on board
Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
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Wildlife Island Sanctuary (Motuara ) and Dolphin Cruise from Picton
From $69.43
Discover Marlborough’s native wildlife on a half-day, small-group Queen Charlotte Sound cruise from Picton that includes a nature walk on the Motuara Island bird sanctuary. Marine biologist guides share insights into Marlborough’s fascinating critters as you watch for seals and five species of dolphin, then get a glimpse of a pristine New Zealand forest on predator-free Motuara Island—home to native blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, and more.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Picton waterfront, where you board a vessel bound for the Queen Charlotte Sound, navigating past a maze of inlets and channels. Keep your camera ready throughout the cruise, as you will likely spot fur seals, seabirds, and native dolphins on the scenic trip to Motuara Island. Here and throughout the tour, the onboard marine biologists share facts and background on the wildlife you encounter.
At Motuara Island, stretch your legs on a guided nature hike and seek out some of the island’s blue penguins, saddlebacks, bellbirds, robins, native pigeons, and kakariki, or yellow-crowned parakeets. This is a great chance to see rare New Zealand species, as the birds of Motuara Island are able to nest and breed without interference from invasive predators.
Following the nature hike, enjoy the return cruise to Picton, with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies served along the way.
Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 20 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Wildlife island tour

Booked the afternoon tour to try and see some of the sounds amazing wildlife. And we were not disappointed! Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging, as was the skipper who made us all feel very welcome. The boat is really nice to ride on,...More

Thank 365maeveo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great half day out

We chose this trip to see the wildlife in their natural enviroment on the Queen Charlotte Sound and we weren't disappointed. First was the King Shag and quite few on the rocks. Next came the fur seals and more over by the salmon farm. A...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank habanachooky
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing time around passionate people

If you like wildlife and want to enjoy a great adventure in the sounds this is for you. We had the chance to see some King Shag, dolphins, seals and plenty of birds. The commentaries were really interesting and it is perfect to take pictures....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Exeprience-Once
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Wildlife Boat Trip

A really lovely boat trip through the Charlotte Sound. We saw different seabirds, Furseals and Hectors dolphins. The guided walk up Motuara Island was easy and we heard and saw bird life close by us with a nice view from the top. Worthwhile sitting outside...More

Thank martyn1152016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was wonderful to see the Hector dolphins and the biscuits were ace! A good hike up the hill on Motuara island got the blood pumping and was punctuated with glimpses of the local bird life. Top banana!

Thank Joezuka
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April 21, 2018|
Response from sebarocha | Reviewed this property |
Dolphins in the area are very common, but always you can ask the company tour how lucky it been on the past week ..there are wild animal, but the day of the trip the crew members and the driver of the boat were doing a big... More