Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise
- Duration: 4 hours
Embark on a truly unique marine experience on a Kiwi mail boat cruise. See what it’s like to deliver mail in a remote part of the world by sea in the Marlborough Sounds on a full-day cruise. Set sail on the Pelorus Mail Boat, which has been operating for more than a century. As a sea postie for a day, cruise through the largest, quietest and most remote part of the Marlborough Sounds, Pelorus (Te Hoiere) Sound, and Kenepuru Sound. Relax on the spacious catamaran between mail, parcel, and supply deliveries and pick-ups. Marvel at the stunning scenery of clear blue water in tranquil coves and bush-clad hillsides. Weather-permitting, even get to take a sneak peek at Greenshell Mussel Farm on an informative tour. Meet some of the residents who await the Pelorus Mail Boat on far-flung jetties, unspoilt beaches, or even on their boats. Even meet a variety of 4-footed furry residents who ac...
Probably best in the summer time on a flat day Captain and assistant were fantastic
Embark on a unique, fully-guided wildlife and dolphin cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Begin your journey in Picton, where you will meet the expert team who will take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul. On the journey, you will be encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way. Enjoy the engaging commentary and fantastic viewing areas which allow you to enjoy playful Hector’s, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins with a 90 percent encounter rate. You will also have an opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals and numerous seabirds before landing on Motuara Island for a 1-hour nature lover’s walk to remember, great for adults and kids alike. After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies before making our way back to Picton and stopping to check out any extra species you can discover.
good crew great info walk on island could be at a slower pace to encourage more, less able people to participate. Great views from the tower at the top. not a lot of visible bird life. saw a good number of seals very close up.
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By boat is the best way to experience the beautiful sounds. We had a relaxed trip with great hosts who went out of their way to ensure we saw as much wildlife as we could find. Stopping on the protected wildlife sanctuary islands was a highlight and an opportunity to see native birds up close. Highly recommended!
Was amazing! We saw a King Shag, kakariki, common dolphins, Hector dolphins and many other birds! It was amazing and the guide (Josefine) was good and had some super interesting things to say :) the crew was nice and
Boat trip and bush walk with lovely sea life and birds all around. Close up views with lots of time for photos too :)
We had a wonderful time with an excellent guide who was very enthusiastic about the birds and marine life
Absolutely incredible trip. So much wildlife and really informative and lovely guides.