Activities

E Moped Hire

The super easy and eco friendly way to travel.
As part of our commitment to sustainable tourism, we’ve invested in world class e-mopeds.
These bikes are 100% electric – no pedalling at all. We believe ‘e-transport’ is the way of the future and we want to bring it to travellers
and locals alike. So, if you want to see the best of the wider Picton area, this is the easy way to do it.
What to expect....
The e-moped revolution is here!
We’ll help you get started with a demo of how the bikes work.
If you can ride a ‘normal’ bicycle then you should be able to ride our e-mopeds within a few minutes – our team are on hand to help,
and we have a short instructional video that covers the basics. Unlike many e-scooter hire operations, we supply you with a helmet. Please note you will need a full drivers licence and a credit card in order to hire the e-mopeds.






We Provide

Moped
Helmet
Map

Please Bring

Your full photo drivers licence (or licence and photo ID)
Credit Card - A $2000 bond will be held on your credit card in case of any accidents
Sunhat
Sunblock
Shoes

Restrictions

Full drivers licence
Over 16
Credit Card

Gift Voucher Monetary Value

Please Bring

Bring a sun hat, water, food, rain jacket, camera and wear good walking shoes.

Dolphin View Tour

Join us on New Zealand's best dolphin experience in the calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.

Our degree qualified guides are there to make sure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible.

We'll be searching for Dusky, Bottle-nose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector's dolphins that frequent this unique area.

Whether it's watching a group quietly cruising along or marveling at their high leaps, back-flips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight!

Our special Department of Conservation permits allow us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds.

We'll take you there and provide respectful interactions with these amazing creatures.

During the cruise, we're also likely to see NZ Fur Seals and a variety of seabirds (like Gannets, Shearwaters and Penguins).

Once spotted, we’ll cruise with the dolphins and get the swimmers ready if conditions allow. As a permitted operator, we abide by the rules and regulations established for dolphin swimming and viewing activities.
Unlike other dolphin swimming operations around New Zealand where several boats are around the same group of dolphins, we are Picton's only Dolphin Swimming operator - that means we're the only boat with swimmers in the water with a group of dolphins.

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

Please Bring

What to Bring
For all tours, you will need to bring, warm cloths (just in case), a water bottle, sun screen and a camera (optional but highly recommended!).

Restrictions

- Viewing children under 12 must be accompanied by an 18+ year-old at all times.

Duration

2-4 hours

Season

All year

Other Information

Refund policy: (applies to direct booking full price tickets only)
Dolphin View – No View
Adult: $20 refund
Child: $15 refund

Success Rate
Our success rate is calculated using actual figures gathered over the duration of the previous season. For viewing dolphins our success rate is currently 95%. For swimming with dolphins it is 80%.

Dolphin Behavior
It is important to understand that the dolphins of the Marlborough Sounds are wild animals and as such, we cannot control their behavior. Most of the time dolphins are incredibly curious and playful but, just like humans, sometimes they are not in the mood to play and interact with you.

Dolphin Swim Tour

Join us on New Zealand's best dolphin experience in the calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.

Our degree qualified guides are there to make sure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible.

We'll be searching for Dusky, Bottle-nose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector's dolphins that frequent this unique area.

Whether it's watching a group quietly cruising along or marveling at their high leaps, back-flips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight!

Our special Department of Conservation permits allow us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds.

We'll take you there and provide respectful interactions with these amazing creatures.

During the cruise, we're also likely to see NZ Fur Seals and a variety of seabirds (like Gannets, Shearwaters and Penguins).

Once spotted, we’ll cruise with the dolphins and get the swimmers ready if conditions allow. As a permitted operator, we abide by the rules and regulations established for dolphin swimming and viewing activities.

If conditions are good, then we’ll place you in the water where you will experience a true adventure for your soul - an experience you'll never forget.

Once you come out the water your guides will be waiting with drinks and cookies which you can enjoy while we cruise back to Picton.

Unlike other dolphin swimming operations around New Zealand where several boats are around the same group of dolphins, we are Picton's only Dolphin Swimming operator - that means we're the only boat with swimmers in the water with a group of dolphins.

We Provide

We provide - wet suits, mask and snorkel. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.

Please Bring

All equipment is provided for you. Just bring your swim wear, a towel, water, your camera and a sense of adventure.

Restrictions

- 12 years for swimming. NO EXCEPTIONS. Proof of age must be supplied to the check-in desk.
- 12 years must be accompanied in the water by an 18+-year-old.

Duration

2-4 hours

Season

All year

Other Information

Refund Policy: (applies to direct bookings on full price tickets only)
Dolphin Swim – No Swim achieved
Adult: $50 refund
Child: $40 refun
Dolphin Swim – No Swim or View achieved
Adult: $70 refund
Child: $50 refund
Equipment Rental
The cost of your equipment rental is included in your tour and is valued at $16. Replacement costs are listed below:
Wetsuits: $150 Mask: $35 Snorkel: $20 Booties: $50 Hoods: $45

Success Rate
Our success rate is calculated using actual figures gathered over the duration of the previous season. For viewing dolphins our success rate is currently 95%. For swimming with dolphins it is 80%.

Minimum Swimming Experience
Even though we operate in the calm sheltered waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound, it is preferable that you have some degree of swimming experience or are comfortable in the water. We have extremely warm buoyant full length wet suits and extra flotation devices to ensure your comfort and safety.

Medical Conditions
You must be fit and healthy, mentally and physically. Dolphin swimming is considered a strenuous activity and any medical condition which impairs your physical or mental ability must be brought to our attention. Swimming involves the contact with cold water which can affect conditions that are triggered by heightened stress. It is your personal responsibility to be honest when you will fill in our Pre-Swim questionnaire at check in time. This reduces your risk of harm occurring.
You are obligated to notify us then of any medical condition affecting your general health or mental ability before the activity. Email us before hand to discuss if unsure of medical conditions not considered eligible.
Those considered not medically able to be safely involved in a strenuous activity will be deemed ineligible for this activity. This is a legal requirement under New Zealand Maritime law.
Swimming with dolphins is an incredible experience and in New Zealand our company is the safest operation with our sheltered calm waters, specialized swim ladders and methods. Our intention is for you to have the best possible interaction with the dolphins so come prepared.
You will then have one the most memorable experiences of your life, the dolphins are looking forward to meeting you.

Blumine and Motuara Islands in one day

Embark on a wildlife and dolphin cruise like no other. Travel through Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound to two unique Wildlife Sanctuary Islands, encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way.

Our passionate expert guides will be with you on the boat and on Motuara Island - our team are passionate about the local environment and love to share its unique aspects with our small groups.

We will drop you off on Blumine Island at approximately 9am, (this part of the tour is unguided). For bird enthusiasts keen on seeking the rare and endangered Orange-fronted Kakariki, you have a 90% success rate of finding this elusive bird, bird watchers from all over the world come here to photograph and view these amazing creatures. Before we drop you off on the island we will tell you our secret method for success. As you have five and half hours on Blumine you will also have time to look for South Island Saddleback, Bellbirds, Kereru, Tomtits, Tui, Weka, and the very rare Mohua.

Note there is no jetty or pier onto the island, so you may end up with wet feet jumping on and off the vessel!

Please note this option is subject to availability and weather conditions.

We will pick you up at approximately 2.30pm and take you up to Motuara Island, a predator-free, premier wildlife sanctuary which is home to some rare species such as the yellow-crowned parakeet and Saddleback.

Our comfortable vessels and expert team take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul.

Expert commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy playful Hector's, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins (90% encounter rate!).

Explore the island on your own or go with our knowledgeable guide who will point out and describe the resident blue penguins, rare saddleback, melodic bellbirds, cheeky robins, native pigeons and yellow-crowned parakeets (kakariki).

If it's a clear day, you may also be able to spot the North Island in the distance.

Motuara Island was significant for Maori. At the southern tip of Motuara Island is smaller Hippa Island which was the site of a pre-European Maori.

The adjacent Ship Cove was where Maori first met pakeha on a sustained basis - our guides will show you exactly where.

Motuara Island was the location where, in 1770, Captain Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island.

After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies, enjoy a free sample of Yealands award-winning local wine and Sealord's local mussels before making our way back to Picton. We will be stopping to check out any extra species we discover.

If you would like us to arrange a packed lunch for you please get in contact.

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Enjoy a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels on the way back.

Please Bring

Bring a sun hat, water, food, rain jacket, camera and wear good walking shoes.

Duration

9 - 10 hours

Season

All year

Bush Oasis Tour

Spend some time with Nature
Departing Picton, this fully guided tour takes you to Essons Valley, where we have exclusive access to show visitors the beautiful surrounds.

The land is owned by New Zealand’s department of conservation, and we are the ONLY operator that can guide visitors in the area.

A peaceful & beautiful walk . . . .



What to expect
Take a deep breath and relax
This short tour of Essons Valley allows you to see and touch several species of native NZ plants and trees. (including some trees that are over 500 years old)

In the quiet of the bush, you’ll also marvel at the sounds made by local native birds, such as the Tui, Bellbird and Wood Pigeon.

You’ll learn how the bush and the water are spiritually connected, and how Maori used the bush, and how the are regenerates itself.


As a bonus you’ll also be served local wine and mussels to sample.

We Provide

Enjoy a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord musse while taking in the pristine native bush

Please Bring

Bring a sun hat and wear good walking shoes.

Duration

1.5 hours

Season

All year

Fine Wine Cellar Tour

Fully Guided Tour with a local KIWI Driver departing E-Ko Shop on Picton Waterfront. A unique experience at a Premier, Sustainable Vineyard

Transported in a Luxury Mercedes Van for up to 11 passengers to Johanneshof Cellars where you will experience Fine Wines in an Underground cellar Guided by a winemaker.

From the experienced and passionate winemaker hear the real stories of how Award-winning wine is made. This artisan, boutique winery is a highly sustainable Vineyard focused on delivering an environmentally, responsible product using only the best methods to deliver Award-winning wines.

You have three options, the standard tour, with local White wines, or add in some Red wine for a little more variety. For the connoisseur, why not sample their highly acclaimed Methode Traditionnelle.
Fine Wines available are White, Red and Methode Traditionnelle.

Your Tour Guide is a local person, who will passionately talk with you about the local area, while you travel in our commercial Mercedes luxury Van.

Arrive at the Artisan Boutique vineyard to be guided on a magic experience into the only ROCK traditional wine cellar in the region. The ambience, like the candlelight, is traditional and in character, to produce these award-winning wines. Smell, feel and taste the true essence of winemaking art from this acclaimed and Award-Winning winemakers.

The art of making a sustainable and environmentally superior wine selection, while consistently winning national and international acclaim is a Johannesof speciality and E-Ko are proud to only offer you the BEST fine wine tour in Marlborough.

Please Bring

Bring a sun hat and wear good walking shoes.

Restrictions

18 yeas and over only.

Duration

1.5 hours

Season

All year

Motuara Island - Wildlife Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Embark on a fully guided wildlife and dolphin cruise like no other. Travel through Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound to unique Wildlife Sanctuary Islands, encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way.

Our passionate expert guides will be with you all the way - our team are passionate about the local environment and love to share its unique aspects with our small groups.

Motuara Island is predator-free and is home to some rare species such as the yellow-crowned parakeet and Saddleback.

Our comfortable vessels and expert team take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul.

Expert commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy playful Hector's, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins (90% encounter rate!).

We also see NZ fur seals and numerous seabirds before landing on Motuara Island for a 1-hour guided nature lover's walk to remember.

Explore the island on your own or go with our knowledgeable guide who will point out and describe the resident blue penguins, rare saddleback, melodic bellbirds, cheeky robins, native pigeons and yellow-crowned parakeets (kakariki).

If it's a clear day, you may also be able to spot the North Island in the distance.

About Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary
The birds on this predator-free island are fearless, plentiful and very vocal. The view from the Cook Strait lookout is absolutely spectacular!

It's not unusual for you to be able to get very close to these amazing creatures - there'll be plenty of photo opportunities.

Motuara Island was significant for Maori. At the southern tip of Motuara Island is smaller Hippa Island which was the site of a pre-European Maori.

The adjacent Ship Cove was where Maori first met pakeha on a sustained basis - our guides will show you exactly where.

Motuara Island was the location where, in 1770, Captain Cook proclaimed British sovereignty over the South Island.

After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies, enjoy a free sample of Yealands award-winning local wine and Sealord's local mussels before making our way back to Picton. We will be stopping to check out any extra species we discover.

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Enjoy a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels on the way back.

Please Bring

Bring a sun hat, sunscreen, water and wear good walking shoes.

Duration

4 hours

Season

All year

Queen Charlotte Track Walkers Drop Off

Embark on a fully guided wildlife and dolphin cruise like no other on your way to the Queen Charlotte Track. Travel through Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way.

Our passionate expert guides will be with you all the way - our team are passionate about the local environment and love to share its unique aspects with our small groups.

Expert commentary and fantastic viewing areas allow you to enjoy playful Hector's, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins (90% encounter rate!).

We also see NZ fur seals and numerous seabirds.

We will drop you off at the start of the Queen Charlotte Track at Ship Cove and say farewell as you head into the bush.

However, for an extra $20 there is the option to join the Motuara fully guided tour before your drop off on the track as well.

We Provide

Full commentary about the Sounds and the wildlife we encounter.

Please Bring

Bring a sun hat and wear good walking shoes.

Restrictions

No bikes
Drop off only

Season

All year

Wildlife and Wine Cruise (Kaipupu Point Sanctuary)

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 2005 to protect and enhance our unique New Zealand wildlife. The Sanctuary is situated at the head of Picton harbour, Queen Charlotte Sound.

As it is a 'mainland island sanctuary' that is separated from the mainland by a predator proof fence, the only access for the public is via water.

You'll have stunning views out to the Sounds, back to Picton and experience forest which in some places has original virgin growth.

With no predators, bird watching is often a very magical experience on the Sanctuary.

After leaving Kaipupu we head into the lower Sounds to search for more wildlife. Seals, Little Blue Penguins, dolphins, sea birds...we have it all here.

Sit back and enjoy a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels.

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of wine and mussels.

Please Bring

For all tours, you will need to bring, warm cloths (just in case), a water bottle, sun screen and a camera (optional but highly recommended!).

Duration

2 hours

Whale Watching & History Tour

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.

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 on board 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.

We Provide

We provide, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels.

Please Bring

For all tours you will need to bring, warm cloths (just in case), a water bottle, sun screen and a camera (optional but highly recommended!).

Restrictions

Minimum age 12.

Duration

4-5 hours

Season

May 20th to August 20th only.

Other Information

Refund Policy: (applies to direct booking full fare passengers only)
If no whales sighted, $40 refund per person.

Fine Wine Private Group Tour

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.

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 on board 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.

Please Bring

For all tours you will need to bring, warm cloths (just in case), a water bottle, sun screen and a camera (optional but highly recommended!).

Restrictions

Minimum age 18

Duration

2 hours

Bird Watchers Experiences - Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary Experience

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of wine and mussels.

Bird Watchers Experiences - Blumine Island Drop off (Orange-fronted Kakariki)

For bird enthusiasts keen on seeking the rare and endangered Orange-fronted Kakariki, this option provides a drop off and pick-up onto Blumine Island for approximately 1.5 hours during the afternoon Wildlife Experience.

We have a 90% success rate on finding this elusive bird and bird watchers from all over the world come here to photograph and view these amazing creatures. Before we drop you off on the island we will tell you our secret method for success. This predator free bird sanctuary is also home to the South Island Saddleback, Bellbirds, Kereru, Tomtits, Tui, Weka, and the very rare Mohua.

Note there is no jetty or pier onto the island, so you may end up with wet feet jumping on and off the vessel!

After your time on the island we will pick you up for a cruise back to Picton.

Please note this option is subject to availability and weather conditions.

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels.

Please Bring

As there is no pier your feet may very well get wet so a spare pair of shoes would be advised.

Duration

4

Bird Watchers Experience - Bird Watchers Expedition

This specialized experience focuses on two species; New Zealand King Shag and Orange Fronted Kakariki, New Zealand’s rarest Bush bird, lots of other species are also encountered on the cruise through the beautiful calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound to our predator free bird sanctuary islands.

Departs Picton at 08:00 for an hour long search for our rare and endangered King Shags only found here in Marlborough. There is only 830 of these birds on the planet and we have 99.9% success rate finding them. You have one of our specially trained Captains to guide you and make the photos perfect.

Blumine Island, our next stop is THE place to see the incredibly rare Orange fronted Karkariki. We have a 90% success rate finding this elusive bird and bird watchers from all over the world come here to see (and usually photograph) this prized animal. Before we drop you off on the island we will tell you our secret method for success.

After your time on the island we will pick you up at 11:00 for a cruise back to Picton as we search for dolphins and other wildlife before returning you safely to shore by 12:30. We also supply scones and hot drinks on this tour. Luxury Birding.

We Provide

We supply scones and hot drinks on this tour.

Duration

4 hours

Bird Watchers Experience - E-Ko Rowi Kiwi Experience

We transport the rarest Kiwi in New Zealand to Motuara every 6 weeks as part of our ongoing support for the Department of Conservation. You can see these young kiwi chicks up close and personal on one of our transport trips. The afternoon Wildlife Tour is used to take birds out and bring them back from Motuara .

Email or call us and we can add you to our list of people wanting to see the Rowi Kiwis.

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels.

Duration

4 hours

Captain Cook Cruise

Cruise the length of the calm and sheltered Queen Charlotte Sound. Experience and learn about playful dolphins (90% encounter rate), fur seals and amazing seabirds before landing at historic Ship Cove where Captain Cook first made landfall on the South Island of New Zealand.

After being welcomed ashore by the cheeky resident Wekas, Oyster Catchers and Paradise Shelducks, you'll spend approximately 35 minutes enjoying the untouched native forest, fascinating history and breathtaking scenery.

Spectacular views of Motuara Island and the open ocean in Cook Strait 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.

You'll also enjoy a free sample of Yealands award-winning local wine and Sealord's local mussels. Yes - Wine and Seafood on the way home! Enjoy :-)

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels.

Duration

4 hours

Whale Station Experience

This experience starts at New Zealand’s National Whaling Centre where you will learn about the history of whaling in New Zealand which was from 1827 – 1964.

Then 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 whaler's old recreation building. See how whalers and their families lived and worked back in those days at this beautiful but isolated location.

You will have time to wander the station to touch and feel the artifacts, go into the station working floor and actually touch the winches and machinery. Measure out a whale, throw a harpoon into a target and sharpen a knife on the original stone wheel! You will get a real feel of what it was to be a whaler 2 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 140 Whales were recorded in 30 days.

When we return to Picton Harbour you have the option to walk a short distance with us to the Picton Whaling Museum where you can see hundreds of artifacts from the whaling era and hear the stories that surround them. In addition we will introduce you to a REAL whaler who lived and worked during that historic era. You will be able to actually ask him about his first hand experiences working and living at the station. (Available subject to good health )

We Provide

Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and a sample of Yealands wine and Sealord mussels.

Duration

4-5 hours

Educational Experience - 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.

We Provide

We provide hot chocolate and cookies.

Duration

2 hours

Educational Experience - 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.

We Provide

We provide hot chocolate and cookies.

Duration

3 hours

Educational Experience - 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.

We Provide

We provide hot chocolate and cookies.

Duration

4 hours

Educational Experience - 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.

We Provide

We provide hot chocolate and cookies.

Duration

4 hours

Educational Experience - 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.

We Provide

We provide hot chocolate and cookies.

Duration

4 hours