Queen Charlotte Sound Bird Watchers Tour
Product Code: 4053-201415


  • • Choose from Blumine Island or Motuara Island
  • • Take a guided walk through the Bird Sanctuary
  • • View a variety of land and sea birds
  • • Fully guided scenic cruise in Marlborough Sounds
Tour Code
4 hours
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:

Experience: Nature, Marine, Wildlife

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations


Bird Watchers Experiences

We are very excited to now offer you, keen bird watchers, three different options for experiencing the plethora of rare and wonderful birds the Queen Charlotte Sound has to offer. All options include time spent on the water cruising the Queen Charlotte Sound in search of a large variety of sea birds that inhabit the area, including one of the world's rarest sea birds, the King Shag!

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary Experience (4 hours)

Briefing time: 1:15pm daily

This experience provides the opportunity to view a variety of land and sea birds including the very rare King Shag. Found only in the Marlborough Sounds, the King Shag is considered a prize amongst birdwatchers.

Learn about the wildlife from our degree qualified guides as we take the time to enjoy the species that call these waters home. Predator-free Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary is a bird-lovers paradise and home to blue penguins, South Island Saddleback, Kereru, Bellbirds, Yellow-crowned Parakeets (Kakariki), NZ Falcon and South Island Robins.

Enjoy a 1-hour bush walk to the top of the island for the added bonus of amazing view across the Cook Strait to the North Island. The birds here are plentiful, fearless and very vocal and if you sit quietly, they may even come within an arm's reach! Other species likely encountered include dolphins (Dusky, Bottlenose, Hector's, Common or Orca), NZ Fur Seals, Spotted, Pied and Little Shags, Variable Oystercatchers, White-fronted terns, Australasian Gannets, Fluttering Shearwaters, reef and white-faced herons, arctic skuas (seasonal) and much, much more!

Blumine Island Drop off (Orange-fronted Kakariki) (4 hours)

Briefing time: 1:15pm (subject to availability)

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.

E-Ko Rowi Kiwi Experience

Briefing time: 1:15pm (subject to availability)

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.

Please note the Kiwi Experience cannot be booked in advance as we don’t know when the team will be transporting kiwis until quite close to the date and this only occurs a certain number of times throughout the season.

We will have a introduction briefing 30 minutes before tour departure.

Visiting Attractions

Meeting Point
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Time Region Location Full Address
7:30AM Picton The Waterfront The Waterfront, 1 Wellington Street Picton, New Zealand

Package Includes

  • Fully guided Scenic Cruise
  • Refreshments and snacks
  • Guided walk on the Bird Sanctuary
  • Binoculars
  • Species identification cards with photos
  • Professional tour guide

Package Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up, drop-off
  • Tips for tour guide
  • All personal expense
  • Additional food and drink
  • Rain coats
Special Notes
  • The tours may be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. If a tour is cancelled by us before the scheduled departure because of safety concerns arising from poor weather, you will be entitled to receive a full refund.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 30 or more days prior to the departure date: 10% of tour cost will be charged.
    - 16-29 days prior to the departure date: 50% of tour cost will be charged.
    - 0-15 days prior to the departure date: 100% of tour will be charged.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 16 and above
* Children under 15 are not suitable for this tour.
* Tour prices are based on New Zealand dollars (NZD) and converted into US dollars (USD). Constant fluctuations in the exchange rate cause prices to change on a regular basis. You will be charged the price based on the applicable exchange rate at the time of payment. All transactions are final. We do not offer discounts or compensation to those citing lower prices at a later date.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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Departure Date:jul-01, 2017
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