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Motuara Island Sanctuary Tour
Motuara Island Sanctuary Tour

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Embark on a fully guided wildlife and dolphin cruise like no other. Travel from Picton through the Marlborough Sounds on a scenic journey to Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary.

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

On our journey, we’ll be encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way, and right now we have a very rare and special visitor – ‘Ghost’ the rare white dolphin.

While we can’t guarantee we’ll see him on every tour, he is now very comfortable with our boat and often pays us a visit! Join this tour for your chance to see Ghost before he vanishes.

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 nature lover’s walk to remember – great for adults and kids alike.

Motuara Island is 100% predator-free and is home to some rare species such as the yellow-crowned Parakeet and Saddleback.

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 will also be able to spot the North Island in the distance. The view from the Cook Strait lookout is absolutely spectacular!

The birds on this predator-free island are fearless, plentiful and very vocal.

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

Our 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.

Tour departs:
7:45am & 1:15pm

Allow 4 hours

Adult $129 / Child $65
502a Wairakei Road, Harewood
New Zealand
Postal Address: PO Box 39 151, Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand
Postal Address: PO Box 39 151, Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand