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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

Highlights
  • 3.5-hour boat cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Ship Cove, from Picton
  • Learn about the region's history from your expert captain
  • Have at least 30 minutes to explore Ship Cove, Captain Cook’s favorite anchorage in New Zealand
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
From USD 59.85
Overview
Take in the sights of Queen Charlotte Sound and visit Ship Cove on a morning boat tour from Picton. The 3.5-hour journey follows a network of waterways as your captain narrates the highlights of the Marlborough Sounds. During free time while anchored at Ship Cove, see Maori wood carvings and a Captain Cook memorial, and explore the sheltered beach. Be on the lookout for marine life and other natural features of this breathtaking region while you sip complimentary tea and coffee on board.
What to Expect
Explore the magnificent waterways of the Marlborough Sounds on an afternoon boat tour, departing from the Picton waterfront. After your boat captain welcomes you aboard, set off on your 3.5-hour Queen Charlotte Sound cruise, which includes a 30-minute stop in Ship Cove.

Warm up with tea and coffee, and listen to live commentary on regional historical and natural landmarks. Keep an eye out for marine life such as little blue penguins and Hector’s dolphins — considered the rarest marine dolphin in the world. 

After about an hour’s journey, your boat drops anchor at Ship Cove where Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavor, stopped for supplies in the late 1700s. Set foot on the trails past informative displays to a sheltered beach, and check out the Maori statues and monument to Cook.

At the appointed time, you’ll continue by boat to Endeavor Inlet en route to Picton, arriving at the waterfront where your tour ends.
Reviews (38)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cruise to Ships Cove for our Queen Charlotte Track walk

Took the Beachcomber Cruise from Pictorn to start and end our day walk of the Queen Charlotte Track. Steve was our friendly and affable captain, informative and punctual. Plus there was free coffee and tea!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bill H
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bill H . Thank you for your wonderful reveiw! We are just so lucky to have an incredible team here. By the sound sit you experienced nothing less ! Safe travels ! Kind Regards, Reservations

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Beautiful

We were in Picton as part of a cruise around NZ and really wanted to do the Mailboat run, unfortunately timing made this impossible. Instead we took the cruise out to Ships Cove and the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. THe cruise takes around...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank goldiegirlGoldCoast
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Goldie girl , Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely reveiw ! It really is a wonderful cruise. Im terribly sorry to hear you could not hear the system very well i will be sure to pass this on the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic and friendly!

We found exceptional service and value for three days of great experiences in Queen Charlotte Sound. Laekin took care of my Dad and I with genuine hospitable friendliness, which enhanced the experience. We enjoyed the commentary of the skipper; Julian. On our trip we were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JuliaJ2913
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Great cruise

Inspite of the rain, it turned out to be a great, relaxing trip. We stopped at Ship Cove and had a look at the Captain Cook memorial. We spotted some seals as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tazusa S
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tazusa, Thank you for your reveiw , I love the seals they are hilarious and rather entertaining to watch. Glad you had a wonderful time hope to see you back some day very soon ! Kind Regards, Reservations

Reviewed 11 December 2018
Unforgettable!

We were lucky enough to get variable weather, starting with some clouds and then with full sunshine. The daylight over the mountains and the ocean was really incredible. It is one of the best tours we ever had. 4 hours of magic!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pat785787
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Pat , Thank you for your reveiw ~! I am pleased to hear you had a wonderful time. We really are so lucky to have the ability to show off this incredible place. We hope to have you back some day soon ! Kind...More

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Response from RobBurlison | Reviewed this property |
If you docking in Picton, which is a very small harbour, then it’s minutes away. Beachcomer Cruises reception is located on the wharf
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