Timetable & Fares

General Timetable

Summer: 1 October – 30 April

Departure times from Picton
8:00am, 10:00am, 1:30pm & 6:00pm* (*every day from mid-Dec – Easter)
Every Friday evening all year.
Return times to Picton
11:30am, 1:00pm & 4:30pm

Winter: 1 May – 30 September

Departure times from Picton
9:00am, 1:30pm. Friday evenings at 5:30pm
Departure to Grove Arm: 2:00pm
Return times to Picton
12noon & 4:30pm
Please Note:
Check in time is a MINIMUM of 30 minutes prior to departure.
All these times are approximate and may vary on a daily basis.
We can transfer to any accommodation in the Queen Charlotte Sound be it Lodges, Homestays, DOC Campsites or private baches. Prices and times differ according to distance. Enquire directly for your choice of accommodation.

Fares

Transfers

Fare Price
$ adult / $ child - Round Trip Track pass
Track / Resort transfers
Varies from bay to bay
Bike transfers
$ / bike / transfer
Luggage transfers
Complimentary - included in return fares

Cruise & Walk

Options
Fare Price
Departs Picton
5 Hour Cruise & Walk
$ adult / $ child
8:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)
4 Hour Cruise & Walk
$ adult / $ child
8:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)
3 Hour Cruise & Walk
$ adult / $
10:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)
2 Hour Cruise & Walk
$ adult / $ child
10:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)
1 Hour Cruise & Walk
$ adult / $
10:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)
Half Day Cruise & Walk
$ adult / $ child
11:30am
Discover Ship Cove
$ adult / $ child
10:00am (October - April)

Sounds Delivery Cruise Option

Fare Price
Departs Picton
3 Hour Sounds Delivery Cruise
$ adult / $ child
10:00am & 1:30pm (October – April)
9:00am & 1:30pm (May – September)

Scenic Cruise Options

Options
Fare Price
Departs Picton
Early Bird Eco Tour Cruise
$ adult / $child
8:00pm (October – April)
Picnic at Ship Cove
$ adult / $ child
(picnic not included)
10:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)
Lunch in the Sounds
$ adult
(lunch not included)
10:00am (October – April)
9:00am (May – September)

Group Cruise Options

Options
Fare Price
Departs Picton
Corporate
POA
Tailored to suit
Wedding
POA
Tailored to suit
School & Clubs
POA
Tailored to suit

Booking Information

  • Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure for all services.
  • Bookings are essential
  • YHA, BBH card holders discount
  • Call 0800 50 40 90 for help
  • Cougar Line operate departures 364 days (closed Christmas Day)
  • We operate two different timetables: Summer & Winter
  • Cougar Line vessels depart from The Town Wharf in Picton
  • All prices are quoted in $NZ

PLEASE NOTE

While we take all reasonable care of your luggage please understand luggage passes through a number of different hands a day. Therefore luggage is transferred at owner’s risk.

We strongly recommend that all luggage should have a waterproof liner and contents in plastic bags, so that in the event of a heavy rainfall when bags are being transferred from boat to jetties your belongings are protected.

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)

Water Taxi

As an additional service we offer an "on-demand" water taxi service for visitors who wish to travel outside these times.

Contact us for a quote:

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