E-Ko Tours

E-Ko Tours


39 Rankers Reviews

28 Face-to-Face

8 Marine Animals

5 Dolphin Watching

12 Picton / Marlborough Sounds

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Scenic Wildlife Cruises in the Marlborough Sounds
Swimming With Dolphins (Flipper)
Cruise & Walks on Motuara Island or Ship Cove
Rare Hectors Dolphins


Swim with Wild Dolphins in their natural environment of the calm sheltered waters of Marlborough Sounds, Scenic Wildlife & Nature Cruises and walks in Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough, Picton, New Zealand. TOURISM AWARD WINNER!

Dolphin Swimming & Viewing- "Want to see Flipper...we'll show you Flipper" :
Our Dolphin tours provide a wonderful opportunity to swim and view dolphins in calm and sheltered waters. You can expect to encounter bottlenose, dusky and rare Hector's dolphins. We also visit NZ fur seals and spot a variety of seabirds like blue penguins, Gannets and Shags on the water. Our knowledgeable skipper and guide will provide you with an informed and interesting commentary on the wildlife encountered along with local history of the Marlborough Sounds.
Our success rate in finding Dolphins is 98%.

Nature & Wildlife tour to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, Ship Cove or Bird Watchers Expedition:
See the very best of the Marlborough Sounds by combining a scenic and informative Eco-Cruise about the wild life and the region, with a fascinating walk on either “Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary” or “Historic ship cove”. In the “Bird Watches Expedition” we’ll go extra lengths to ensure the viewing of the rare King Shag and SI Saddle back. You can expect to encounter dolphins, NZ fur seals while spotting a variety of seabirds like blue Penguins, Gannets and King Shags on the water. Our knowledgeable skipper and guide will provide you with an informed and interesting commentary on the wildlife encountered along with a bit of local history.

Best of the Marlborough Sounds Wildlife, Nature & Art tour:
Join us for a magical experience as we cruise through the southern parts of the Queen Charlotte Sounds! Sit back and relax as we explore and educate. Enjoy our majestic seabirds, feed the friendly fish and be delighted by the cheeky NZ Fur Seals! Our journey continues as we disembark at Lochmara Lodge, venturing through the native bush and being inspired by the art and wildlife wonderland! After a true ‘kiwi-ana’ morning tea and a little retail therapy, it’s time to cruise towards home, relaxing and reflecting.


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E-Ko Tours

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South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Marine Animals
  • Boat Cruises
  • Dolphin Watching


Showing 8 reviews of 36.

Regan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing day on the water! Saw 2 types of dolphins, blue penguins, seals and heaps of birds. Well worth the money. Staff were friendly and very informative. Loved all the little extras that came with the tour that are not advertised, I wont spill what these are :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anna Stoehr


Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly staff, care about the dolphins. Price is worth it. Great experience.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Antje Kreuzer


Ranking: 7/10

Nice boat, friendly crew, great knowledge sharing. Seen loads of Hector dolphins even a new-born playing with its mother. They gave us enought time to enjoy the sighting.

- No dolphins to swim with. And as we heard afterwards they hadn't had dolphins for over a week. This is of course disappointing....but nature.
- Too many people on the boat 18 swimmers alright, but another approx. 10 additional ones for viewing.
- Kids are only allowed to swim once 8 years old. Very disappointing, if you have a 6 year old strong swimmer with various badges..

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Rikke Petersen


Ranking: 9/10

Nice trip, we saw the animal they said we could see, nice guides. A smaller group would be nice, eg maximum 20.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Klaus Petersen


Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly and enthusiastic guide with a great knowledge about what we saw.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Bjorn Houlberg


Ranking: 10/10

Dolphin swimming and viewing: best experience from New Zealand. Highly recommend. We swam with many dolphins. Guides took us close to a dolphin pack where we saw within an arms length of 12 dolphins.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Maria = Moller Hansen


Ranking: 10/10

We saw a lot of dolphins among others the rare Hector dolphin and we were in the water with a lot of big dolphins playing around really close to use - nice. Good information about the dolphins and their environment with focus on behaviour in the dolphin's premises.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Steve Douthwaite

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb tour, we easily found dolphins and were in the water within minutes. Friendly, knowledgeable and hugely enthusiastic staff who tended to everyones individual needs. A must in Picton!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012