Upper South Island and the West Coast Places

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Picton

Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Watch Nature Tours. Swim with or watch dolphins from September through April. Rare Hector dolphins, bottlenose, dusky and common dolphins all frequent the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Visits from Orcas (killer whales) are another highlight. Or engage with the prolific birdlife on Motuara Island, an island wildlife reserve and home to rare and endangered species. Walk to the top of the island for a great view of the sounds. Several tour options include Dolphin Swim and View, Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Dolphin Cruise, Bird Watchers Expedition, incuding close-up encounters with King Shags. The Waterfront, Picton Foreshore, Picton, 7220. 03/573–8040 or 0800/945–354–33. www.naturetours.co.nz. From NZ$99. Morning tours depart 9am and run 2–4 hours; guided walks leave at 1:30pm (4 hrs).

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