Location

The Cougar Line operates from Picton, the major port which links the North and South Islands, a mere 3 hour ferry trip or 20 minute flight from Wellington, or a 4 hour drive from Christchurch.

We are located on the Picton Town Wharf, look for the 3 purple flags.


Cougar Line location

Operating 364 days a year Cougar Line is located on the main town wharf, a central location that is just a short walk from local motels and hotels. A pick-up service is available from the ferry terminal.

Getting to Picton

Picton is at the top of the South Island and is the main seaport linking the South Island to the North Island of New Zealand.

Centrally located within New Zealand Picton has easy access to other main centres by air, sea and road. It is a mere 2 - 3 hour ferry trip or a 20 minute flight from Wellington, or a 4 hour drive from Christchurch.


Travel options to Picton & the Marlborough district:

Air

There are a several airlines that fly to either Picton airport (6km from Picton) or Blenheim airport (45km from Picton)

Road

  • Picton to Blenheim - 30 minutes
  • Picton to Nelson - 2 hours
  • Picton to Kaikoura - 2 hours
  • Picton to Hanmer Springs - 4 hours
  • Blenheim to Christchurch - 4 hours

Sea

Sea Ferries depart daily from Wellington to Picton via the Marlborough Sounds.

Rail

  • Tranz Scenic Coastal Express: a daily train service from Christchurch to Picton, arriving at the Picton railway station at approximately 12.15pm. The journey takes you from Christchurch to the port of Picton via the Kaikoura Coast offering panoramic views, reclining seating and a fully licensed buffet car. This service connects with your 30 minute cruise to your resort.

Cruising 364 days a year

Cougar Line operates 364 days a year and is located on the Picton Town Wharf.

This is a central location that is just a short walk from local motels and hotels.

During peak season our office is open from 7.00am to 7.00pm 7 days a week.

There is a minimum check-in time of 30 mins before all departures. Early check-in is permitted.

Contact Cougar Line

For more details and information contact our friendly staff at the Cougar Line office
direct dial: +64 3 573 7925
freephone: 0800 504 090 (NZ only)
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Cougar Line

Marlborough Sounds premier water transport company, has over 21 years experience transporting people and goods to and from the Queen Charlotte track, resorts and private homes along the Marlborough Sounds. You can trust Cougar Line to ensure your Marlborough Sounds experience goes to plan.

Cougar Line, The Waterfront

PO Box 238, Picton, New Zealand
Freephone: 0800 50 40 90 (within NZ only)
Phone: + 64 3 573 7925
Fax: + 64 3 573 7926
Email: enquiries@cougarline.co.nz