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Our most recommended Marlborough Sounds Family-friendly Activities

Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

1. Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

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.

From Nelson: Marlborough Sounds Scenic Helicopter Flight

2. From Nelson: Marlborough Sounds Scenic Helicopter Flight

Discover the beautiful Marlborough Sounds as you take a scenic helicopter flight from nearby Nelson. Admire the scenery and land on your choice of either a beach or mountain top before you return. Board your private helicopter at the activity provider's base at Nelson Airport and set off on a scenic flight to the Marlborough Sounds. Follow the coastline on the way as your pilot points out landmarks via two-way headset communication. Admire the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds from above. Look out over the Pelorus, Kenepuru, and Queen Charlotte Sounds, enjoying views of this pristine natural environment. Land at your choice of either a beach or mountain top before you return to the meeting point.

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What people are saying about Marlborough Sounds

We had an amazing time, saw a seal eating an octopus, two more sunbathing, and 2 dolphin species (hector dolphins and dusk dolphins). The hector dolphins were playfully swimming and jumping around the boat. Absolutely stunning. The hike in Motorua Island was quite nice too, and we saw many kakarikis, the South Island robin, and a kereru in the wild.

Really enjoyed the commentary the crew were so lovely and just getting our and seeing the birds seals dolphins etc. The lovely islands you pass by . Was so tranquil and lovely. Loved it all

Really great, informative and enjoyable tour. Great value for money. Staff were very knowledgeable, friendly and made sure we had a great tour. Definitely recommend this activity.

Most amazing experience the guides were top notch Thanku Andy and courtney

we saw dolphin. ,any sea birds and rare birds on the island