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E-Ko Tours

#4 of 16 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Picton Features Animals
1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 8040
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We provide award-winning, wildlife and conservation focused guided cruises and dolphin swimming experiences through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for our Dolphin Swim or View Experience or you could take part in our fully guided cruises to your choice of bird sanctuary islands or Historic Ship Cove. A clean green paradise of bush and sea full of natural beauty, history and wildlife is waiting to be explored and experienced. E-Ko Tours is Qualmark Enviro-Gold certified and the only local operator able to actively search for Dolphins. We provide degree qualified, professional guides on all our Tours.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 8040
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Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I joined approximately 25 other people (including children) for a half day searching for dolphins to swim with. The weather was perfect and we were suited up by the lovely staff at the office before boarding the boat with the skipper and...More

Thank Sam S
Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2017

Kia ora , So nice to hear you enjoyed the tour .

Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

I've taken secondary school groups out with Eko Tours to look at whaling history and I've been out with my wife to the bird sanctuary. They offer a lot of options, including swimming with dolphins, and I like the conservation slant that the establishment has....More

Thank Callum W
Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2017

Kia ora , Thanks for the positive feedback.

Reviewed April 5, 2017

This was a really relaxing but informative day out. The boat was great, Paul (skipper) and David (guide) were laid back and friendly. In no time they had found a pod of 20 or so dolphins. No matter what you've heard, it is still a...More

Thank Yorkshirelad64
Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2017

Ha, funny Yes David is a great guide and and good to see you found we are all passionate about our wild life , thanks for the review .

Reviewed March 26, 2017

Went on the dolphin swim/view tour in March 2017. The dolphins and scenery was great. The only drawback was the limitations placed on my partner and i as we were not swimmers but wildlife photographers. We were headed away, sometimes quite gruffly by our skipper,...More

Thank wildaboutaustralia
Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2017

Hello , Thanks for the feedback , glad you got to enjoy the dolphins and we always try to get viewers the best views possible . I sounds like on that day being at the front by the rails was where everyone wanted to be...More

Reviewed March 16, 2017

We had a great afternoon on the boat! Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He had worked in some of reserves on the islands so had lots of information about the conservation project. My sister at 18 isn't usually into birds or nature but...More

Thank Izzy-4ilr
Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2017

Great to hear we got your sister enthusiastic about wildlife , thats our aim , thanks for the review

Reviewed March 14, 2017

The staff at the office were very helpful. The weather in the morning was terrible but the forecast for the afternoon was OK. Advised to return at mid day to assess if tour was going. We were in luck. The catamaran was not large so...More

Thank susan m
Reviewed March 12, 2017

Was great to get out on the water and see tons of wildlife - Hector's dolphins, tons of bottlenose dolphins that swam right next to the boat, penguins, shags, and fur seals. Plus several birds on Motuara. Would recommend this tour and we had a...More

Thank OysterJennifer
Reviewed March 9, 2017

We emailed and rung (twice) asking to if we booked for two tours on two separate days could we be dropped off at Blumine Island on one of those days, we have emails stating this was possible. On arrival on the first day we where...More

Thank Annarrol
Tiki B, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2017

Dear Annarrol , It is good that companies can respond to reviews to get the facts correct. Two staff members were involved on the day in question and both can verify , from your picture attached to your review we did not actually talk to...More

Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

Could not travel on train due to earthquake, so E Ko your to Motuara reserve in Charlotte Sound was organised as a substitute. Nice people, and great afternoon out. Saw bottlenose and Hector Dolphins, and a kiwi bird being released into the wild. Nice walk...More

Thank Andy S
Paul K, Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2017

Kia Ora , Thanks alot for the positive feedback always good to hear from our customers and great to hear your saw the smallest dolphins and the largest and also KIWI , wow . Were else can you get that in NZ ! No-where

Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

This was such a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The crew were really informative on the boat trip to motuara island. They stopped several times so everyone could have sightings and photos of dolphins, seals and different birds. The island was lovely and the...More

Thank ronella_de_vil
Paul K, Owner at E-Ko Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2017

Hi there, thanks for your review - how exciting you go to see the Falcon! It is quite special when this happens as you could see even our staff get excited!

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Sue G
January 14, 2017|
Response from Lynne F | Reviewed this property |
I would highly recommend the dolphin tour. It was magic. The little blue penguins are cute, but not worth missing out on the dolphins.
March 26, 2016|
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Response from TikitheKiwi | Property representative |
Hi Pat, it is extremely calm and sheltered here in the Queen Charlotte Sound and seasickness is not an issue.