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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
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
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 (30)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
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

Thank kim19652016
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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 2 weeks ago
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

Thank GlobeTrotting259133
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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

Reviewed 17 August 2018
New Zealand and Australia cruise dairy: Picton Port, part 2

We booked a ship cove cruise with Beachcomber before arriving in Picton. Communication was easy. Our cruise boat was filled up to the second deck seats on this sunny day. We departed on time. We first saw some birds roosting on the rocks and passed...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile
Stunning afternoon out

We took the Sunday afyernoom cruise from Picton. The boat was very comfortable. The girls in the office were really friendly and Julian our skipper was great and had a huge amount local knowledge which was really interesting. The cruise had 2 stops where you...More

1  Thank gboni
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Hi Gboni , Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time on the Sunday Afternoon Cruise. It really is a great way to enjoy the afternoon. Hope to have you back on board very soon ! Kind Regards,

Reviewed 12 April 2018
A fabulous 3 and a half hour boat trip

We had a superb trip on the 09.00 to 12.30 Marlborough Sounds Cruise with a very enlightening and interesting live commentary on one of the family owned and run Beachcomber Cruise boats. Setting off from Picton, we went up through Queen Charlotte Sound and had...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