Wildlife Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Cruise (Motuara Island)
A nature cruise and historical experience with fantastic scenery, wonderful wildlife and degree qualified guides. A perfect way to experience the Marlborough Sounds. Daily departures at 13:30 (13:15 check-in). Now also enjoy Yealands wine and Sealords mussels as a complimentary extra.
Whales migrate north through the Cook Strait from May to August annually. Humpback Whales, Right Whales, Fin Whales and Blue Whales can be seen at this time.
They come close to Tory Channel entrance which has the only restored Whaling Station in NZ.
Join us on New Zealand's best dolphin experience in the clear calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Our degree qualified guides ensure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible. Oh and we guarantee you will have NO sea sickness on our trips.
Wildlife and Wine Cruise (Kaipupu Point Sanctuary)
This unique experience offers an intimate wildlife experience with local experts
Wildlife and Wine
Marlborough's Perfect Cruise
Combined with Award Winning Yealands Wine and Sealord Mussels,
This Cruise is simply a Marlborough MUST DO
A nature cruise and historical experience to be enjoyed by all. Fantastic scenery, wonderful wildlife and degree qualified guides. A perfect way to experience the Marlborough Sounds.
You'll also enjoy a free sample of Yealands award-winning local wine and Sealord's local mussels. Yes - Wine and Sea
Cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station through the calm and majestic Queen Charlotte Sound experiencing a variety of marine wildlife on the way. This is the only restored whaling station in New Zealand. You will be able to see and touch actual machinery used during New Zealand's whaling era.
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!
Depart from Picton to Perano Whale Station for an Immersive Experience.
We cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station through the calm, beautiful and majestic Queen Charlotte Sound to the Tory Channel, seeing a variety of marine wildlife on the way.
The Perano Whaling Station is the only restored whaling station in New Zealand. You will be able to see and touch actual machinery used during New Zealand’s whaling era.
You will experience a specially commissioned audio-visual presentation that tells the stories of the whaling era in the whalers' old recreation building.
See how whalers and their families lived and worked back in those days at this beautiful but isolated location.
How they changed from hunters to conservationists and became part of the Department of Conservation whale migration survey for 10 years.
You will have time to wander the station to touch and feel the artefacts, go to the station working floor and actually touch the winches and machinery.
Measure out a whale and hear the stories and read the Department of Conservation information on display at their facility.
You will get a genuine feel for what it was to be a whaler two centuries ago.
In addition, you will see a display on current whale research; learn about the increasing migrating whale population and the Cook Strait Whale Survey.
During the 2015 season, an incredible 140 Whales were recorded in 30 days.
Every year more Baleen Whales migrate and you can be one of the very few people able to observe this.
Tour Bonus: Yealands Wine and Sealords Mussels available on Tours (tasting)
We are working with Other Sustainable Local Iconic Businesses to provide the best that Marlborough can offer, which on this tour is a free wine and mussel tasting. Yum!
World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) Partner
We are the first SMART Department Of Convservation Operator to also become a WCA Partner to help promote ocean conservation on a global scale.
Head into Cook Strait to Look for Whales.
Get your own set of binoculars and Whale ID cards and help to find a whale while onboard the fully covered and stable vessel. We stay inshore within 2km of the coastline as this is where the whales travel.
Experience what it is like to see migrating Baleen Whales as they travel on the surface in this whale hotspot.
This area historically is where whaling began in 1829 as it was prolific and is the best place in New Zealand to see migrating whales over the winter months.
This area had 10 operational Whale Stations as it was hugely prolific in Whales.
Now the whales are returning to their traditional migration route, directly passing the old restored Perano Whale Station at Tory Channel entrance.
This is your opportunity to experience New Zealand history and our new focus on Ocean Conservation.
From Hunters to Conservationists - This is an Incredible Kiwi Story.
Please Note: Going out into Cook Strait is subject to acceptable weather conditions assessed on the day from the Whale Station. If NO whales sighted then a $50 refund given. * does not apply to discounted fares * child refund $30
Departures : 0800 - 1200 or (afternoon booking for Groups over 8 or on request ) 1230 - 1730
Days : Sundays and Wednesdays.Other days possible for group booking over 10 passengers (please contact us)
Starting : 1st May and finishing 20th August
Price : $145 per Adult passenger
Price : $125 per Child passenger ( 6th July - 27th July Only )
Booking : firstname.lastname@example.org Phone : 00 64 3 573 8040
A fantastic opportunity for a limited number of people to fully immerse themselves in a whale experience during an annual migration. See and feel the history, see the conservation in action and go out to sea in a boat looking for the migrating giants travelling on the surface close to shore.
Bottlenose dolphins are found throughout the world's oceans (except for extreme polar latitudes) and are frequent visitors to the Marlborough Sounds all year long. These dolphins move into the Sounds in large social groups, consisting of groups ranging from 2 - 60 individuals!
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.
Detailed information - Whale Watching Tour
Whales migrating through the Cook Strait come close to shore where the 5 whaling stations were based in Tory Channel.
Whaling started in Tory Channel in early 1800 possibly the first place in NZ with a station in 1819. Whaling continued up until 1964 when the Perano station closed.
The story is one of adversity by the settlers and also of Maoris and Europeans working together to form the first communities in New Zealand.
The isolated existence and difficult working conditions produced many a great tale. The Perano family has allowed us to display there story on the walls of the restored recreation Hall at the Department of Conservation restored Whaling Station. This is a ONE of a kind experience in New Zealand with an authentic KIWI story not to be missed.
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