Experience a truly once in a lifetime encounter and swim with the dolphins at Marlborough Sounds. Get a truly remarkable opportunity to meet and play with wild dolphin species right in the water. Start with a journey over water to where the dolphin pods are located, your highly qualified guide will give you a detailed and informative explanation about these intelligent, playful creatures and what you can do to continue supporting their ecosystem. Your swim will take you to meet a myriad of species, such as the Hector, common, dusky, and bottlenose dolphins. Upon spotting these dolphins, the guide will fully ensure the safety of both swimmers and the dolphins before you can swim together with them under the watchful guidance of the crew. You'll encounter other forms of marine life in your experience, which include fur seals and even penguins. Should you choose to remain on board, you'll be able to view and experience the dolphins playing in their natural habitat, and learn about their interactions with each other and with other wildlife. Enrich your understanding of marine life and their value through this unforgettable experience in New Zealand.
Seafood lovers hoping to sample some of the freshest, most delicious local delicacies of the Queen Charlotte Sound will enjoy themselves on the Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Departing from Picton, you'll head onto your Catamaran on a three and a half hour cruise on the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sounds. Keep a lookout as you pass by a salmon farm and get to learn about aquaculture from your friendly skipper and crew. But the highlight will be tasting the Regal Salmon, Cloudy Bay Clams and Greenshell Mussels, some of the location's finest seafood. The freshness of the seafood can't be beaten, and easily pairs well with Marlborough's even more famous export, their Sauvignon Blanc. So if you're looking to journey in style while sampling delicious food, this cruise is a great way to relax and try the best of what Marlborough has to offer.
Experience the tranquil beauty of Marlborough Sounds in this luxurious day cruise. Set sail on an afternoon cruise across the pristine waters of Pelorus and Kenepuru Sound. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking views of the surrounding rolling hills and mountains. Sample the local greenshell mussels fresh from a local mussel farm where you'll hear all about their farming techniques. You'll pair this delicacy with a cool Sauvignon Blanc, famously from Marlborough and perfect for the setting. This is a great way to get a feel for this area of New Zealand's South Island, highlighting the best it has to offer.
Choose between two classic Marlborough tours: an immersive full day wine tasting experience, or get the best of both worlds with the full day Marlborough Icons tour featuring a wine tasting experience in the morning and a seafood cruise in the afternoon. Picking the Taste Marlborough package gives you a full experience at Marlborough’s world class vineyards. Explore the vineyards with knowledgable tour guides, then end the day with a hosted wine tasting event with some of the respected winemakers in the area where you get a chance to ask them anything about winemaking from preparation to their favorites! If you pick the Marlborough Icons package, you get to experience a morning at the vineyard, wine tasting included, and then travel to the marina for a cruise on Marlborough Sounds. During the cruise, you will get to sample fresh seafood with a glass of wine in hand. Whatever you decide, this is a perfect way to spend a day exploring Marlborough with a hassle free tour, complete with round trip transfers.
Rating 5 stars because you guys need to know the truth and not because i enjoyed the activity. I paid for dolphin( view+ swim) but i only got dolphin viewing experience. The only highlight is seeing dolphins in the sea but for a very short period. The most you could see are birds which are more like seagulls. I extremely do not recommend you to get this activity as theres nothing much to see. However if you would like to donate proceeds to wildlife stuff then you can go ahead and go for this.
No regrets doing this tour! It went as scheduled although there were only two of us so it was like a private tour for us. As we had time to spare, we had a bonus trip to the chocolate factory and an additional winery (3 in total). The highlight of the trip was the super fresh mussels cooked on board the cruise - the best I’ve ever tasted!
We booked the Dolphin Swim experience and got to see the little blue penguins, Hector dolphins and furry seals. Despite not being able to swim with dolphins since the Hector ones are protected, we are very happy with viewing the Hector dolphins. The crew really did their best to find the dolphins in the Charlotte Sounds and it was a lovely sunny and calm day. Also we did get a partial refund since we only viewer dolphins instead of swimming with them. Loved this experience!!!