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About Cougar Line
Cougar Line offers scheduled daily tours from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Sound and the Queen Charlotte Track. We are the leading water transportation company in the Marlborough Sounds and operate 364 days. 3hr Sounds Delivery Cruises, Eco cruises, Cruise and Walk day trips, Cruise and Lunch. These are must do activities for visitors of all ages wishing to explore the beautiful Marlborough region.Free daily luggage transfers for all Queen Charlotte Track walkers and bikers.
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3 Hour Marlborough Sounds Delivery Cruise

When you have limited time, a delivery cruise is an ideal way to get around the Marlborough Sounds. Get an up-close look at remote homes and resorts while your boat delivers supplies to hidden coves and tucked-away bays. Learn about the ever-popular Queen Charlotte Track and relax while exploring miles of wild coastline.
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3 hours
from US$66.14

Early Bird Eco Cruise

Access Motuara Island, a haven for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable bird life. Enjoy a boat ride from Picton through the Marlborough Sounds with live commentary on board, then explore the island on your own. Look for rare birds (and well-known native favorites), see native bush flourishing, and relish the peace of the island.
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5 hours
from US$69.82
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Diane G wrote a review Nov 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand14 contributions5 helpful votes
Great company , staff friendly, the transfer of bags a great service though I do fear the staff lifting all the bags will have back problems.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 25 Nov 2020
Hi DianeG448, thank you so much for your lovely review - we're very pleased to have provided a great service to you during your Queen Charlotte Track experience. We have a strong emphasis on health and safety for all our staff and for that reason we have a 20kg weight maximum on bags. We hope to welcome you back again one day soon.
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KiwiMaz13 wrote a review Oct 2020
Trelex14 contributions
Excellent pre, during and post service. Friendly and helpful staff from enquiry to conclusion. Would definitely travel with them again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 20 Oct 2020
Hi KiwiMaz13, thank you so much for your great review. We're very pleased to read that every part of your Cougar Line experience was so positive - we look forward to welcoming you back soon. - the Cougar Line team
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wayneg wrote a review Oct 2020
Rotorua, New Zealand12 contributions4 helpful votes
These guys are simply great. From the online booking system to the great service the Cougar Line water taxi service was the bomb. They have a simple but highly effective system for taking bags from accommodation to the next stay. The bags are at your room. Friendly, great communication. Couldn’t have asked for a better service for our family of five.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 20 Oct 2020
Hi wayneg760, thank you very much for your wonderful review. It's great that you and your family came to enjoy the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track, and we're pleased to have been able to help make it a memorable experience. We hope to welcome you all back again one day soon. - The Cougar Line team
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Greg F wrote a review Sep 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand712 contributions68 helpful votes
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We used the Cougar Line service during our Queen Charlotte Track over 5 days. At 98 NZD per person, it offers great, reliable service. We traveled in early September, which meant we caught the 9AM ferry from Picton to Ship Cove. Check-in was 30 minutes before. The office provides you with tags and explains the process clearly of transfer of luggage between accommodation along the track. Our luggage turned up promptly at our room each day and in good condition (Even the Wine bottles were intact). On one particular day they even dropped off some food we left by mistake at our accommodation the previous night. The journey from Picton to Ship cove took about an hour along the Queen Charlotte Sound. We got to see some dolphins along the way as well. On the return trip from Anakiwa, the ferry was promptly there to pick us up at 2.30 PM, taking about 20 minutes to get back to Picton. QCT track passes can be bought from the office before departure at 25 NZD pp. Overall a great experience with CougarLine.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 20 Oct 2020
Hi gregoryf779, your review is amazing - thanks so much. We're thrilled to see that you had a great time with us getting to and from the Queen Charlotte Track and that the luggage transfers to your track accommodation each day went well. Of course, we always take great care with the wine here in Marlborough! It was our pleasure to be able to help bring your food supplies to where they needed to be as well. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. - The Cougar Line team
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jacci6 wrote a review Jul 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand76 contributions10 helpful votes
We had a day to explore the Queen Charlotte Sound and decided to walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge. Cougar Line organises everything. If you want to spend a few nights walking along the whole sound (75kms) you can. You can cycle it all or walk it - or do whatever section you choose. The intermittent views are amazing - walking is mainly on the path in the bush. The wildlife and the birdsong are wonderful companions. Worth doing, if only once........
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Cougar Line
Responded 22 Jul 2020
Hi Jacci6, thank you very much for your awesome review. It sounds like you had a fantastic day on the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track, and we're so pleased we could help you make the experience a success. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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