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The King shag, found only in the Marlborough Sounds, and the South Island saddleback are two rare birds that can be seen when you take the Birdwatchers Expedition. This 4 hour boat tour in magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound will take you to Motuara Island bird sanctuary for a guided bush walk. Here, you will have close encounters with South Island robins, bellbirds, fantails, wood pigeons, blue penguins, and South Island saddleback.
You can also hear about the Department of Conservation's endangered species programmes on the island. A variety of seabirds can also be seen throughout the year - fluttering shearwaters, Australasian gannets and spotted and pied shags are seen on most tours. Frequent sightings of reef and white-faced herons and variable oystercatchers, and occasional sightings of New Zealand Falcons are sure to please.
Fantastic scenery, wonderful wildlife (including the endemic Hector's dolphins), great photo opportunities, and personal service all combine to give you an unforgettable experience in the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound.
E-Ko tours Contact Details
Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours
PO Box 197
Phone : 64 3 573 8040 cell 029 7770088
Fax : 64 3 573 7906
Freephone : 0800 945 354 33