Enjoy the BEST educational experience in the majestic Marlborough Sounds with the award winning local WILDLIFE EXPERTS!
Here at E-Ko Tours, we have a long history of working with education providers to offer you and your students a safe, fun and unique learning experience. You can provide your own educational material and teachers or have our degree qualified marine biologists tailor a trip to your needs!
The Marine Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary Experience
This 2-hour trip is our exciting new addition to the education program and combines exploration of the Double Cove Marine Reserve and Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary and the surrounding seashore with a short ocean cruise. Our learning adventure begins at the E-ko Tours classroom in Picton. We then board the boat and head out to Kaipupu Point Sanctuary where we disembark and explore the fascinating flora and fauna of the area. Education Officers will ensure and assist students to complete a variety of conservation based, fun learning activities addressing the important principles that Kaipupu Point Sanctuary is established upon.
The E-Ko Marine Adventure
This quality 3 hour ocean adventure is a great chance for kids and parents to have fun learning about the amazing wildlife of the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Our education staff will begin the experience by preparing students for the day's adventure with a short introduction & educational presentation. Each child will be supplied with a 'Species Checklist' and as we cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound, we will endeavour to see as many species on that list as possible.
The Motuara Island Expedition
This quality 4 hour island and ocean adventure is a great chance for kids to have fun while learning about the amazing wildlife of the Marlborough Sounds!
We begin our experience at the E-ko Tours classroom in Picton. Before we board the boat our Education staff prepare students for the day's adventure with a short introduction and educational presentation. During the cruise and on the way out to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary, students search for, study and learn about the rare and interesting wildlife encountered. On the island they join our education staff exploring the predator free sanctuary and discovering a variety of endangered species. After hours of fun and learning it's time to head for home.
The Whale Exploration Experience
From the legend of Paikea to Perano Station, this 4 hour learning adventure is a great chance for kids to learn all about whales! From the history of whaling to the importance of their conservation in today's world, students have the rare chance to explore the Perano Whaling Station and learn about New Zealand and whales and current conservation initiatives. During the Queen Charlotte Sound cruise and on the way out to Perano Station, students also enjoy the added bonus of learning about the rare and interesting wildlife encountered. Along the way, students discuss their ideas and impressions while completing a variety of conservation based activities.
Ship Cove for Kids
This 4-hour trip is a fantastic chance for students to learn about the flora, fauna AND history of the Marlborough Sounds! We begin our learning adventure at the E-Ko Tours classroom in Picton. Before we board the boat our education staff prepares students for the day's adventure with a short introduction & an educational presentation. During the cruise and on the way out to Ship Cove, students search for, study and learn about the rare and interesting wildlife encountered.
The Hector's dolphin is one of the world's smallest cetaceans at approximately 1.4m in length. It is only found in New Zealand and is our only endemic cetacean. It can be found in the north and south islands and has an estimated population of around 13, 000 individuals.
The world’s smallest penguin, little penguin (also known as little blue penguin) stand just over 25 cm and weigh around one kg. They spend much of their time at sea hunting small fish, crustaceans and squid.
Here at E-Ko Tours we are proud to follow the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 and the Marine Mammal Protection Regulations 1992. These ensure the marine mammals of New Zealand are protected and that their conservation is a top priority. Our interactions with the marine mammals of the Marlborough Sounds adhere to all regulations and our conservation focused tours are designed to educate and raise awareness about conservation in the Marlborough Sounds.