Experience the Queen Charlotte Track
with Cougar Line

Let Cougar Line carry your luggage for you to your next destination each day - all you have to do is walk!

Experiencing the Queen Charlotte Track could not be easier than with Cougar Line - simply book your place on our boat, tell us where you want to go, hand us your pack and sit back and enjoy the wonder of the Queen Charlotte Sounds and track. We’ll show you the most memorable way to experience the Queen Charlotte Walking Track in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

Relax in our luxury catamaran as we slip away from Picton into this tranquil natural world. Choose a cove to begin your discovery of this classic New Zealand walk. Cougar Line is the best way to discover it in freedom.

Cougar Line has over 25 years experience in helping people from all over the world plan their walk. Carry only your camera and needs for the day - Cougar Line takes your luggage on to your lodge, resort, homestay, backpackers, or campsite.

Track Transfer Options


Enjoy the spectacular Queen CharotteTrack carrying only a day-pack while Cougar Line transfers your luggage to your next destination...


Experience the longest dual purpose track in New Zealand while Cougar Line transfers your luggage to your accommodation...


Transfer your kayak with Cougar Line and we’ll whisk you away to adventure heaven in Queen Charlotte Sound...

The Queen Charlotte track

The Queen Charlotte Track experience begins with a scenic boat trip from Picton. It takes approx 1 hour for the trip to historic Ship Cove which marks the beginning of The Queen Charlotte Track.

The 71km coastal walking track stretches from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds which enjoys a temperate climate and allows good year-round walking conditions. The walk or bike ends at Anakiwa. Because walkers and mountain bikers all move in the same direction at their own pace the track feels uncrowded and tranquil.

Visitors to the Queen Charlotte Track will find this a unique walk as it passes through lush coastal forest, historic bays, and along skyline ridges with unsurpassed views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. This walk is as much about a walking holiday as it is an environmental, cultural and lifestyle experience.

READ the Go Travel New Zealand (1 Sept 2014) article: "The Queen Charlotte Track, Your Way - Your Style"

Cougar Line Transfer Schedule

1 October to 30 April

  • Leaves Picton: 8:00 am, 10:00am, 1:30pm & 6:00pm
  • Arrival back in Picton: 11:30am, 1:00pm & 4:30pm (approx) every day during peak season (Dec – Easter)
  • Arrival back in Picton: 4:30pm (approx)
  • A service to Grove Arm departs daily at 11:30am & 2:30pm

1 May to 30 September

  • Leaves Picton: 9:00am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm on Fridays
  • A service to Grove Arm departs 2:00pm
  • Arrival back in Picton: 12noon & 4.30pm (approx)

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

click here for full details

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