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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

  • 3.5-hour boat cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Ship Cove, from Picton
  • Learn about the region's history from your expert captain
  • Have at least 30 minutes to explore Ship Cove, Captain Cook’s favorite anchorage in New Zealand
Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
From US$61.07
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
From US$61.07
Take in the sights of Queen Charlotte Sound and visit Ship Cove on a morning boat tour from Picton. The 3.5-hour journey follows a network of waterways as your captain narrates the highlights of the Marlborough Sounds. During free time while anchored at Ship Cove, see Maori wood carvings and a Captain Cook memorial, and explore the sheltered beach. Be on the lookout for marine life and other natural features of this breathtaking region while you sip complimentary tea and coffee on board.
What to Expect
Explore the magnificent waterways of the Marlborough Sounds on an afternoon boat tour, departing from the Picton waterfront. After your boat captain welcomes you aboard, set off on your 3.5-hour Queen Charlotte Sound cruise, which includes a 30-minute stop in Ship Cove.

Warm up with tea and coffee, and listen to live commentary on regional historical and natural landmarks. Keep an eye out for marine life such as little blue penguins and Hector’s dolphins — considered the rarest marine dolphin in the world. 

After about an hour’s journey, your boat drops anchor at Ship Cove where Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavor, stopped for supplies in the late 1700s. Set foot on the trails past informative displays to a sheltered beach, and check out the Maori statues and monument to Cook.

At the appointed time, you’ll continue by boat to Endeavor Inlet en route to Picton, arriving at the waterfront where your tour ends.
Reviews (33)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

We were lucky enough to get variable weather, starting with some clouds and then with full sunshine. The daylight over the mountains and the ocean was really incredible. It is one of the best tours we ever had. 4 hours of magic!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Pat785787
Reviewed 1 week ago
Incredible Scenery and magical cruise

Undertook the morning cruise, which was absolute superb. Weather was perfect so we were able to sit up above in the open air seating area. Our captain was very informative and congenial. We were incredibly fortunate to come across a large pod of dolphins who...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank maandoy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A Nice Cruise Around the Sounds (But Know What It Is You're Embarking On)

My wife and I enjoyed this cruise, and Julian was an excellent captain and host (his docking skills are beyond impressive). Fortunately we had a beautiful day (though a bit chilly in early November), and the Sound showed its stuff beautifully (including a pod of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MaryfromMiami
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi MaryfromMiami, Thank you for taking the time to write to us, We love to hear feed back from our clients. I will pass this information onto Julian : ) Thank you for choosing to travel with us The Team at Beachcomber Cruises

Reviewed 6 October 2018
A gem of a day - Julian deserves a pay rise (no, really!)

I came away from today's trip feeling so joyful, I will remember it always - and I'm a local who comes out on the mailboat regularly. The women at base were so warm and friendly. And Julian was as fun and entertaining as always. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kim19652016
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Hi Kim , Thank you for your wonderful review. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful experience with us. We really are lucky to have Julian in our team and those office ladies well they are just out of this world ! Hope...More

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Enjoyable and informative

The skipper of the boat was friendly and very informative about the Sounds. He new the mail recipients and chatted to them. If you go on the mail cruise watch the dogs as they welcome the boats arrivalMore

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank GlobeTrotting259133
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2018

Hi Globe Trotting , Thank you for taking the time to right us a lovely review. We are pleased to hear you had a wonderful time on the mail boat and particularly enjoyed the dogs. They are rather entertaining to watch as they wait for...More

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6 August 2018|
Response from RobBurlison | Reviewed this property |
If you docking in Picton, which is a very small harbour, then it’s minutes away. Beachcomer Cruises reception is located on the wharf