Timetable & Fares

General Timetable

Summer: 1 October – 30 April

Departure times from Picton
8am, 10am, 1:30pm daily
6pm daily (1 Dec to 30 Apr)
6pm Fridays (1 Oct to 30 Nov)

11.30am and 2pm Depart to Grove Arm
Arrival times in Picton
11:30am, 1pm, 4:30pm and 8.30pm

4.30pm (approx.) from Grove Arm

Winter: 1 May – 30 September

Departure times from Picton
9am, 1:30pm daily
5.30pm Fridays

2pm Depart to Grove Arm
Arrival times in Picton
12noon & 4:30pm

3.30pm (approx.) from Grove Arm
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 most accommodation in 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

Queen Charlotte Track Transfers

Round Trip Track Fare
Round Trip Track pass
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
Track / Resort transfers
Varies from bay to bay
Bike transfers
$ per bike OR $ per e-bike per transfer
Luggage transfers
Complimentary - included in return fares

Cruise & Walk

Options
Fare Price
Departs Picton
Cruise & 5 Hour Walk
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
8am October to April
9am May to September
Cruise & 4 Hour Walk
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
8am October to April
9am May to September
Cruise & 3 Hour Walk
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am October to April
9am May to September
Cruise & 2 Hour Walk
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am October to April
9am May to September
Picnic at Ship Cove
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am October to April
Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am & 1:30pm October to April
9am & 1:30pm May to September

Sounds Delivery Cruise Option

Fare Price
Departs Picton
3 Hour Sounds Delivery Cruise
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am & 1:30pm October to April
9am & 1:30pm May to September

Scenic Cruise Options

Options
Fare Price
Departs Picton
Cruise and Lunch
at Furneaux Lodge
(cruise only - food & beverage charged separately)
$ per person
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am October to April
9am May to September
Cruise and Lunch
at Punga Cove
(cruise only - food & beverage charged separately)
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am October to April
9am May to September
Brunch or Lunch
at Bay of Many Coves
(includes cruise & brunch/lunch)
$ per person
Brunch: 10am October to April | 9am May to September
Lunch: 1pm October to April | 12noon May to September
Cruise and Lunch
at The Portage
(lunch charged separately)
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
1:30pm
Picnic at Ship Cove
(picnic not included)
$ adult
$ child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
10am October to April
9am May to September
Early Bird Eco Cruise
$ adult
$child (5-15 years)
Free child (under 5 years)
8pm October to April

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.

Water Taxi

If you wish to travel outside our scheduled cruise times, or wish to go directly to your destination, contact us about our "on-demand" water taxi service.

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 more than 25 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: info@cougarline.co.nz