Bird watching tour in Queen Charlotte Sound

A nature cruise and historical experience to be enjoyed by all. Fantastic scenery, wonderful wildlife and great guides. A perfect way to experience the Marlborough Sounds.

 Orca are rare visitors that come into the Marlborough Sounds around 12 times each year to feed on stingrays.  Group sizes range from lone animals to 12 members in a family unit.
 Orca are rare visitors that come into the Marlborough Sounds around 12 times each year to feed on stingrays.  Group sizes range from lone animals to 12 members in a family unit.

Cruise the length of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound, you'll experience and learn about playful dolphins (90% encounter rate), fur seals and amazing seabirds before landing at historic Ship Cove of Captain Cook fame.  After being welcomed ashore by the cheeky resident Wekas, Oyster Catchers and Paradise Shelducks, you'll spend approximately 45 minutes enjoying the untouched native forest, fascinating history and breathtaking scenery.  Spectacular views toward Motuara Island and open ocean Cook Strait waters will leave you speechless.  After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies as we cruise back to Picton approximately 5:30pm.

 Tour Highlights

  • Dolphins (90% encounter rate), seals & seabirds
  • Historic Ship Cove stop off and walk (45mins)
  • Informative history about the area
  • Family friendly
  • Free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies

Departures Daily: 1:30pm (October - April) return 5:30pm (approx.)

Adult: $99, Child: $60 (5-14), under 5 are free

Group tours (of any size) can be arranged for any time of the year!

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 Hector's dolphin leaping over and over again.
 Hector
 Wekas are curious native birds often seen here at historic Ship Cove.
 Wekas are curious native birds often seen here at historic Ship Cove.
 Behind the Captain Cook Monument, information panels describe both the European and Maori aspects of this historic area.
 Behind the Captain Cook Monument, information panels describe both the European and Maori aspects of this historic area.

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