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E-Ko Tours

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Address: 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand (Formerly Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours)
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+64 3-573 8040
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We provide award-winning, wildlife and conservation focused guided cruises...

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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US$115.98*
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Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton
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US$69.59*
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Ship Cove and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise
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Wildlife and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise from Picton

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such a special little day

Great little vessel with indoor seats to take us on a four hour wildlife tour through the malbrorough sounds to motuara island. Penguins, gannets and fur seals were all spotted... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Seonaid M
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great little vessel with indoor seats to take us on a four hour wildlife tour through the malbrorough sounds to motuara island. Penguins, gannets and fur seals were all spotted at the beginning of our tour while we also received lots of amazing, insightful knowledge about the islands and wildlife. There was no huge expectation that we would definetly see... More 

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Thank Seonaid M
Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I adore the Sounds and have come several times to walk, and the views from the boat were as stunning as ever. Admittedly we were disappointed not to swim with any dolphins, especially the children, but we know that's just the way things go. However, we also found the staff unapproachable and our questions seemed almost irritating. It was a... More 

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Thank nikki l
Brisbane, Australia
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 his boat hand. Both were very nice and helpful to all on board. We cruised... More 

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Thank Sam S
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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. Hot drink and cookies are usually served which is a nice touch

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Thank Callum W
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 bit magical to have them swimming and leaping around you in the wild. David was... More 

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Thank Yorkshirelad64
Cairns, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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, while the swimmers entered the water. There was only one small window to try and... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 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 had a really enjoyable time and found it very interesting. The island itself has little... More 

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Falkirk District, United Kingdom
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 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 group size was more personal. We sat inside until we arrived a potential viewing spots... More 

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Thank susan m
New York City, New York
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 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 great time. A few notes -- thought it was a bit expensive at $99 per... More 

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Thank OysterJennifer
North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 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 told they no long drop off at Blumine, it was not possible (even their web... More 

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Thank Annarrol
Tiki B, General Manager at E-Ko Tours, responded to this review

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 you .And we never saw a camera you are referring to as you never actually... More 

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