Picnic at Ship Cove

Discover Ship Cove

Departs Picton

October to April - 10:00am

Returns to Picton

approx 4:30pm (pick-up Ship Cove 2:30pm approx)

Price per person

$ adult
$ child
Please note: Cruise times may vary as we pick up track walkers at various points along the way to Anakiwa.

Pack a picnic lunch, bring your camera, and we’ll take you to a hidden place, the historic anchorage of early Maori and European explorers at the outer reaches of Queen Charlotte Sound.

Join our morning cruise to discover Ship Cove...

  • A tranquil haven for early explorers
  • A cove steeped in NZ history
  • A place of solitude and reflection, accessible only by boat
  • A glimpse of our past, with shoreline bush and waterfalls

Ship Cove was a place of abundance for early Maori and the favoured anchorage of 18th Century explorer Captain James Cook. Travel with us and you’ll discover why. It’s easy to explore for all ages, from a grassy shoreline reserve, surrounded by unspoilt native forest, with a gentle 20 minute walk through bush to a waterfall.

Learn more about Captain Cook, his visits, and Maori settlements and legends of the Sounds, via the excellent new signage - part of the Department of Conservation’s redevelopment of Ship Cove. Other new facilities include a large picnic table, a shelter, and toilets.

The more energetic can disembark at Resolution Bay for a 2-hour coastal hike over a ridge to Ship Cove, enjoying spectacular views of the Sound.

The return cruise to Picton visits Endeavour Inlet (named for Cook’s ship) and other locations, often encountering dolphins who love to ride the bow wave.

Early Bird Eco Tours

Check out our Early Bird Eco Tour to Motuara Island.

Early Bird Eco Tours

Marine Mammal Watch Permit

The Queen Charlotte Sound is an eco marine haven and sightings of little blue penguins, cormorants and pied shags are common.

We have a Marine Mammal Watch Permit which enables us to view dolphins and seals if we come across them.

Our skippers are locals and have an extensive knowledge of the area which they are happy to share.

Marine Mammal Watch Permit

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