Motuara Island Bird Watchers Cruise

Self drive
Fitness level low
Intensity level low
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Highlights & inclusions

Home to a variety of native species
Visit a predator-free island
A bird watcher's paradise
Fantastic views of Ship Cove
Four-hour experience from Picton
One hour's free time on Motuara Island

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Sun, May 26, 2024

What you can expect

Discover the predator-free Motuara Island on a half day cruise with Beachcomber Cruises from Picton. Located just over an hour's boat ride from Picton, Motuara Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher's paradise nestled within the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound in Marlborough Sounds. The Motuara Island Bird Watchers Cruise includes your return boat transfers with Beachcomber Cruises Picton, as well as one-hour of free time to explore the island.

Embark on a scenic cruise of Marlborough Sounds, known for its picturesque bays, secluded beaches, and abundant marine life. As you sail with Beachcomber Cruises from Picton, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals and penguins that often grace these waters with their presence.

The highlight of this cruise is a one-hour stopover at Motuara Island, a haven for native bird species. Step ashore and explore the Motuara Bird Sanctuary, home to rare and endangered birds such as the South Island Saddleback, King Shag and Bellbird. Immerse yourself in the symphony of bird calls as you wander through the lush forest trails, taking in the sights and sounds of these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

Beachcomber Cruises in Picton ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience, with knowledgeable guides providing fascinating commentary into the region's ecology and history along the way. Learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect these unique bird species and the significance of Motuara Island as a sanctuary.

Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a bird lover, or simply seeking a serene escape into the beauty of Marlborough Sounds, the Motuara Island Bird Watchers Cruise by Beachcomber Cruises Picton promises an unforgettable adventure. Book your cruise today and discover the wonders of this hidden gem at the top of New Zealand's South Island.


What you need to know

  • Return cruise from Picton to Motuara Island
  • 1 hour visit to the predator-free Motuara Bird Sanctuary
  • Encounter native wildlife
  • Fantastic views of Ship Cove
  • This experience departs at 8:00am
  • Please allow approximately 4 hours for this experience
  • This experience takes place in Motuara Island
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Beachcomber Cruises, Corner of London Quay and Wellington St, 7220, Picton Marlborough
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience​
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience​
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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  • We have an approved Science Based Target
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