Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary Cruise


Admire the native birds and other wildlife on their island home

  • No Cancelation
  • Show Mobile or Printed Voucher
  • 4 Hrs - 5 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Join In Group
  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Spot critically endangered wildlife including the Saddleback, Bellbird, Grey Warbler, Fantail, the rare King Shag, Maud Island Frog, the Marlborough Green Gecko and more
  • Be greeted by a unique chorus of songs by the island's inhabitants
  • Follow the path to the highest peak on the island and marvel at the breathtaking views
  • Experience a chance encounter with a sleepy Little Blue Penguin
  • Perfect for bird lovers and bird watching enthusiasts

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What To Expect

Take a cruise to Motuara Island and see the stunning Bird Sanctuary before your very eyes. On the cruise, you will get to learn about the history and wildlife of Marlborough through your knowledgable captain. Once the boat is near the island, listen carefully because a chorus of songs by the island’s rare birds will be the first thing to greet you. After you disembark, explore the island at your own pace and watch out for some of the rare and endangered wildlife that live there. Finally, before you leave, enjoy your complimentary coffee or tea while you search the waters for the Blue Penguins and the rare Hector’s dolphins, known to make surprise appearances near the island.

peak of motuara island
Get to the top of Motuara Island and admire the breathtaking views of Ship Cove and the ocean
view of motuara island bird sanctuary
Explore the island at your own pace and get to learn more about the wildlife, birds, flora and fauna that inhabit the island with the help of your boat's knowledgable captain
birds on the motuara island bird sanctuary
Get to admire some of the rare and endangered birds and wildlife up close! Perfect for bird lovers and bird watching enthusiasts
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
Inclusive Of

Inclusive Of:

  • 3.5 hours cruise
  • 1 hour ashore to enjoy the native birdlife
  • Skipper's commentary on the history and residents of the area
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
Not Inclusive Of

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Lunch


  • 7:30am check in
  • 8:00am departure from Charlotte Sound
  • 3.5 hours cruise + 1 hour ashore for exploring
  • 12:30pm arrive back in Picton
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 5-14
  • Children under 5 years are free of charge but must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Strict luggage limit of 20kg per item
  • Tour only operates: 1 Oct-30 Apr
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • Please check in 30 min prior to departure

Meeting Point:

  • The Waterfront Corner of London Quay & Wellington St, Picton New Zealand

How To Get There:

  • 3 min walk from Picton i-Site Visitor Information Centre
Cancelation Policy
  • Once confirmed, no cancelations may be made
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