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About Cougar Line
Cougar Line has been transporting passengers and goods to lodges, resorts and homes around Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, and to the Queen Charlotte Track, for decades. Established in the early 1990s, Cougar Line was purchased by the locally-owned Marlborough Tour Company in 2018. Marlborough Tour Company Group also owns Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove in Endeavour Inlet, along with Pelorus Mail Boat in Havelock. Our local staff’s valuable in-depth local knowledge and experience ensures Cougar Line offers a smooth and fast regular water transport service to almost anywhere within Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui. Whether you’re a local heading to your Marlborough Sounds home or bach, or a visitor exploring our beautiful part of the world for the first time, Cougar Line will ensure your Marlborough Sounds trip goes to plan.
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Maree R wrote a review Apr 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand784 contributions282 helpful votes
It wasn't the best of weather but you can't always plan for that. This tour is great value for money and we had the island to ourselves, maybe because it was overcast and windy. The walk to the top was a good workout for my unfit better half and my unfit self. the views are great but there aren't many stops along the way to sit and try to sight birds. The best sightings we got were at the beginning of the the trail. The boat arrived back on time and we took the option of a free add on to lunch at Furneaux Lodge. This time the boat was quite late in due to weather but we still arrived back in Picton at a decent hour. A tour offering great value for money.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from cougarline, Reservations Coordinator at Cougar Line
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Maree, Thanks so much for your review. Glad you enjoyed the trip and had a neat time on Motuara Island, great feedback regarding the stops/seating. Not decent weather can definitely affect our timetable but is uncontrollable so thanks for being understanding! :)
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K1ngsGld wrote a review Mar 2022
Lincoln, New Zealand253 contributions42 helpful votes
We booked the boat to take us to the start of the QC track. they took our packs and delivered them to accomodation each day. Then took us back to Picton from Anakiwa once we had finished. Nothing was a problem for them and the girls in the office were great.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from cougarline, MTC - Reservations Coordinator at Cougar Line
Responded 4 days ago
Hi there, Thank you so much for your review! We lovely offering our guest these services, making sure their trips run a whole lot more smoother and relaxing. Also glad the service you received in the office from the res team was great! :)
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nopar65 wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand80 contributions33 helpful votes
We used Cougar Line for transfers for the Queen Charlotte Track. They offer an efficient and reliable service. Our luggage transfers worked really well. It's a real privilege to have a daily service that picks up and drops off your bags while you are walking. The boats are comfortable and they provide interesting information about the area.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 3 Mar 2022
Hi nopar65, your review is wonderful, thank you so much. We're thrilled to hear your Queen Charlotte Track experience was so good, and that our luggage transfer service contributed to that. We're also pleased you enjoyed the commentary onboard, and found the boats comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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JaseW0rld wrote a review Feb 2022
Ninh Phuoc, Vietnam25 contributions1 helpful vote
I have travelled with Cougar multiple times, each trip has been a pleasure. The staff are always polite and friendly with excellent knowledge of the area.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 3 Mar 2022
Hi A7079BPjasonc, thank you so much for your terrific review, and for choosing Cougar Line for your travel. It's great to hear you receive such excellent service each time from our crew. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Pete wrote a review Aug 2021
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Britany A was an amazing tour guide, her local knowledge , friendly personality made the trip. Highly recommend this service to everyone, in fact if you dont do this when coming to picton, it will be your loss. Not to mention Eco friendly + .
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from cougarline, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 24 Aug 2021
Hi Mvsdvs, thank you so much for your wonderful review and recommendation. It's awesome to hear that you enjoyed the experience, our great crew, and yes we certainly do make a huge effort when it comes to being eco-friendly. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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