Cougar Line Responsible Tourism Statement

Cougar Line welcomes visitors to the pristine clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds. We respect the history and cultural heritage unique to this region. We wish to protect the native flora and fauna of the Sounds for generations to come. We greatly respect the marine environment and value the local community that we very much are a part of (see kiwi.cougarline.co.nz for more information). We will encourage others to do the same.

To this end we will be undertaking a number of actions. Many of these you may not see but same you may notice if you look carefully. Our staff are fully trained and aware of our company’s environmental philosophy.

We are proud of our state of the art premises on London Quay, designed to the latest environmental standards. The interior uses natural materials and is fitted in keeping with our “clean green” image.

We use environmentally friendly cleaning products where ever practical in our office and boats.

To help minimize waste sent to landfill, we recycle our waste, separating out glass, cans, card and plastics. We support local body restructuring to recycle and reuse commercial marina waste in the near future. We remove waste for our customers who live in the Sounds free of charge. We will endeavour to limit the use of plastic bags.

When purchasing products we shall endeavor to use recycled products as first choice. We also prefer to use local suppliers to save energy costs.

Our skippers and crew are well versed with Marine Mammal regulations pertaining to dolphins, whales and seals. Ongoing training and attendance at SMART courses provided by DOC will be a priority.

We hold department of Conservation concessions for guided walks on the Queen Charlotte track and Motuara and Blumine Islands.  We have supported numerous research projects which benefit the sustainability of our local wildlife. In particular the South Island Bush Robin on Motuara Island and Allports islands and also a hands on involvement in a project study of little spotted kiwi on Long Island (see kiwi.cougarline.co.nz for more information). This involved working alongside Helen Taylor with her tracking of 10 Kiwi over a period of time. Our commitment is to help improve the survival of the native species in this area.

The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust is also a project we support by donating our services and funds. The systematic eradication of wilding pines encourages the regeneration of native forest in the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Our vessels are maintained to a very high standard by regularly replacing our engines to the latest low emission technology. This in turn allows lowest possible fuel consumption.

Wherever possible our staff wish to lead by example and encourage our customers to follow sustainable practices.

Jill and Mark Evans
Directors
Cougar Line Ltd

Reviewed August 2015

Land Track Access Fee

The Queen Charlotte Track is a unique partnership between the Department of Conversation, Marlborough District council and private land owners.

As of 1 July 2010, a Queen Charlotte Track Land Cooperative (Q.C.T.L.C) ticket is required for all Q.C.T.L.C private land only between Kenepuru Saddle and Anakiwa. The fee contributes to track maintenance, enhancement and access.

Ticket Fees:

  •  $18 for a 4 Day or Multi Day Pass
  • $10 for a 1 Day Pass
  • $25 for a Season Pass
  • School children free

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Queen Charlotte Track Land Access Fee
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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