Spend a day at historic Ship Cove/Meretoto

Picnic at Ship Cove/Meretoto

$98 16 years +
$65 5-15 years
FREE 0-4 years
Depart Picton
Oct-Apr: 8am, 10am | May-Sept: 9am
Arrive Picton
4.30pm approx

Discover one of Marlborough’s most significant historic and naturally beautiful places. Bring a picnic, explore and enjoy.

Come on board for the fascinating journey into the outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui.

Explore the beach and native bush, including a 30-minute walk to a picturesque waterfall, and enjoy your picnic at the waka-shaped picnic table.

Discover why Ship Cove/Meretoto was important to local Māori and later became Captain James Cook’s favourite anchorage in the 1770s. Learn more about the Marlborough Sounds’ Māori and European heritage, and their early interactions, from the interpretive signs.

For the active explorers, walk a section of the Queen Charlotte Track to the top of the hill for the viewpoint overlooking Motuara Island and Resolution Bay, approx 2 hours return. Alternatively, ask us to drop you off at Resolution Bay in the morning and walk approx 1 hour to Ship Cove/Meretoto.

Toilet facilities and shelter are available. When you're done, meet us at the jetty for the scenic cruise back to Picton via Endeavour Inlet - departing approx 2.30pm.