Morning cruise to Marlborough Sounds bird sanctuary

Cruise to Motuara Island

Runs Oct-Apr
$98 16 years +
$65 5-15 years
Free 0-4 years
Depart Picton
Oct-Apr: 8am
Arrive Picton
1pm or 4.30pm

Note, this cruise runs October-April.

Cruise with us Oct-Apr to Motuara Island in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, for a very special Marlborough Sounds experience.

Disembark into the magic of morning birdsong, look for penguins on the shore or in nesting boxes, and spot some of the rare species that call this island sanctuary home, including the South Island saddleback and bush robin.

Follow the well-formed track to the island’s summit to take in the sweeping views across the Sound to Cook Strait.
 You’ll have approximately 2 hours to explore this natural paradise before the relaxing return boat ride.

Cruise with us back to Picton for a 1pm arrival, OR, at no extra cost, choose from one of the following free add-ons:

  • Discover Ship Cove/Meretoto 
  • Cruise & Walk from Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge (3 hours walk)
  • Cruise & Lunch at Furneaux Lodge Restaurant or Punga Cove’s Boatshed Café & Bar (Lunch at own cost)

The above options return to Picton at 4:30pm approx.