Cougar Line passengers board their boat in Picton Marina in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
Cougar Line passengers board their boat in Picton Marina in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.
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Marlborough Sounds water transport with a smile.

Based in Picton at the top of the South Island, Cougar Line provides Marlborough Sounds water transport around Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui. 

Whether you're heading out to walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track, going to a lodge or private holiday home, or just out for a cruise, we'll get you and your gear where you need to go, on time, in one piece and with a smile.

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An aerial view of Endeavour Inlet, with Furneaux Lodge in the foreground, in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.

We recently had a wonderful holiday walking the Queen Charlotte track - in style.

The boat service and pack carrying by Cougarline Water Taxis was amazing.

I am writing to say a big thank you not only for your outstanding service, but also for taking the time to find and send my husband's headphones, which he managed to leave at the giant Rimu.

Thank you so much for everything.


A Cochrane
The legs and feet of a runner on the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.

Had a great time. Great hike. Well worth the money!

Robbie Corcoran
A Cougar Line boat leaves a wake in the calm water as it cruises through the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.

We just finished Queen Charlotte track and are thoroughly grateful for Cougar Line’s daily transfer of our bags between stops. No stuff-ups , all ran very smoothly and we enjoyed our tour of the Sounds in transit. Highly recommended.

Lush green New Zealand punga tree ferns and bush are reflected in the tranquil blue waters of the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand.

Thanks for the great memories of the Queen Charlotte Sound! Lots of interesting stops and bays and islands on the way.

Dean Le
The Marlborough Sounds water, hills and full moon at sunset, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Super friendly and helpful, from check in, to loading our bags on and off the boat it was all typical laid back, friendly kiwi hospitality.

A Cougar Line boat at the Camp Bay jetty in a tranquil bay of calm green water, fern-filled native bush and a golden beach in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Cougar Line are a great operator with excellent staff.  This was a wonderful way to see the Queen Charlotte Sound en route to visiting Motuara Island bird sanctuary. The chance to extend the trip by incorporating a 3 hour stop at Punga Cove where we had lunch, and a swim for no extra cost made for a full and enjoyable day.


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