Cruise & Walk Options

Sit back and relax as Cougar Line cruises the idyllic Queen Charlotte Sound. These short trips are ideal if you have limited time and are waiting for an afternoon ferry. We will pick you up and drop you back at the ferry terminal wharf.

So just check your luggage in at the terminal and then step on board for a taste of the Marlborough Sounds that can never be seen by road or on a Cook Strait crossing.

Walking the whole track is a popular challenge however, for those with limited time, Cougar Line offers a range of options to capture the natural and historic world of the Queen Charlotte Track, for those with limited time, in one just day.

Select a walk, and cruise the rest with Cougar Line. From one hour to eight hour walks, there are walks designed to suit all fitness levels and ages.

5 hour Cruise & Walk

Departs Picton

October to April - 8:00am
May to September - 9:00am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm

Price per person

$ adult
$ child

5 hours - 14km : Ship Cove - Furneaux Lodge

Step ashore at Ship Cove, in the footsteps of explorer Captain Cook, for our most popular day walk. Through magnificent virgin forest you’ll emerge at the ridgeline to breathtaking views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay, before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavour inlet.

4 hour Cruise & Walk

Departs Picton

October to April - 8:00am / May to September - 9:00am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm

Price per person

$ adult
$ child

4 hours - 11km : Furneaux Lodge - Punga Cove

Historic Furneaux Lodge is the starting point for your walk around the head of Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove Resort. Venture over the swing bridge into the cool embrace of abundant punga ferns along the shoreline, to the melodic call of the bellbird.

3 hour Cruise & Walk

Departs Picton

October to April - 10:00am
May to September - 9:00am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm

Price per person

$ adult
$ child

10km - 3 hours : Resolution Bay - Furneaux Lodge

Our most popular Cruise & Walk option - this gentle walk traverses native forest over a low saddle offering a spectacular vantage point for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to historic Furneaux Lodge.

2 hour Cruise & Walk

Departs Picton

October to April - 8:00am & 10:00am
May to September - 9:00am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm

Price per person

$ adult
$ child

2 hours : Ship Cove to Resolution Bay

Disembark at Ship Cove and walk upward through a canopy of native tree ferns and into the beach forest along the ridge. There is a panoramic view across to Motuara Island before you descend gradually into Resolution Bay.

1 hour Cruise & Walk

Departs Picton

October to April - 8:00am & 10:00am
May to September - 9:00am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm

Price per person

$ adult
$ child

1 hour : Furneaux Lodge Waterfall

Discover a primordial world redolent of Lord of the Rings, in the towering rain forest just behind Furneaux Lodge. This is a gentle option for families, or a stroll after lunch. Meander along an easy path through ancient beech forest to an enchanting waterfall.

Half day Cruise & Walk

Departs Picton

October to April - 11:30am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm

Price per person

$ adult

$ child

3¾ hours - 13km : Mistletoe - Anakiwa

Join the last section of the Queen Charlotte Track in Mistletoe Bay. Our 11:30am service from Picton suits those wishing to enjoy a half day on the track. This moderate section is one of the most stunning, with a variety of mature beech forest, open farmland and native bush, along with breathtaking views to the Queen Charlotte Sound. 4pm pick up from Anakiwa (Tirimoana jetty).

Discover Ship Cove

Departs Picton

Returns to Picton

4:15pm from Lochmara Lodge

Price per person

$ adult
$ child

around Ship Cove

Disembark at Ship Cove and explore the Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage. The bush clad hills and pristine water are still as they were in 1770 when Cook visited on the first of his voyages to NZ. Early Maori also inhabited this wonderful area. Take the time to study the informative interpretation panels that explain the fascinating interaction between the two cultures. A short 30 min bush walk to a picturesque waterfall is well worth exploring, or simply relax and enjoy a picnic lunch on a waka shaped picnic table and listen to the birdsong. Toilet facilities and a shelter are available. Cruise back to Picton via Endeavour Inlet

Sample the Sounds with Cougar Line

Sit back and relax as Cougar Line cruises the idyllic Queen Charlotte Sound. These short trips are ideal if you have limited time and are waiting for an afternoon ferry. We will pick you up and drop you back at the ferry terminal wharf.

So just check your luggage in at the terminal and then step on board for a taste of the Marlborough Sounds that can never be seen by road or on a Cook Strait crossing.

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