Cougar Line Picton - NZ Travel

Cougar Line Picton

Cougar Line Picton
Cougar Line operates from Picton, the major port that links the North and South Islands.The company operates four quality vessels which supply a regular scheduled and reliable service to all points in the Queen Charlotte Sound.An on demand water taxi is also available.

Main Office:London Quay, Picton

 

Distance from Town: 5 minutes walk

 

Operating Hours: Summer 7.00am to 6.00pm, Winter 8.00am to 5.00pm

 

Departures: Daily. Closed Christmas Day. Please refer to individual tours for departure times.

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Help Notes:

  • Cougar Line reserve the right to cancel any sailing in the interest of passenger safety and comfort.
  • We suggest you bring along a rain jacket, water bottle, snacks, camera, sunscreen and insect repellent for any tours including a walk.
  • The Queen Charlotte Track committee has introduced an Environmental Protection Fund of NZ$2.00 per person for every track walker which is payable direct.
  • Please note meals are not included in tours.

Available Activities:
3 Hour Sounds Delivery Cruise

Sit back and soak up the natural world of the Marlborough Sounds as the Cougar Line catamaran sweeps into hidden coves and historic inlets. In a relaxing three hours we'll cruise up to 80 km of coastline, revealing an unspoiled haven only accessible by boat.From our stylish 16.5 m vessel, you will experience the charm of remote New Zealand as we deliver passengers and fresh supplies to homes and hideaways. Abundant wildlife. Our Marine mammal permit allows us to interact with the dolphins who love to ride the bow wave. Enjoy free tea and coffee or relax with a Marlborough wine while our skipper delivers a lighthearted but informative commentary.

Minimum Numbers No minimum numbers

Maximum Numbers No maximum numbers

Suitable for Disabled Clients Yes

Suitable for Children Yes

Departures 10.00am - 1.00pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm (October to April) and 9.00am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm (May to September).

 


Early Bird Eco Cruise

Seals, dolphins, penguins, gannets and shearwaters abound. Our Department of Conservation Marine Mammal Watch permit allows us to interact with the local wildlife as we encounter them along the 55 minute journey to Motuara Island. Motuara Island is a bird sanctuary, a safe haven for many rare species, including the South Island Saddleback and Bush Robin. The Island is predator free and the bird life is relatively unafraid of humans. Early morning bird song greets you as you step ashore. Small blue penguins nest in boxes alongside a well formed track which gradually climbs to a spectacular vantage point built above the forest canopy.

You will have approximately 2 hours to explore the Island.

 

Options to follow the Island walk include:

  • Cruise back to Picton via Ship Cove and Endeavour Inlet - arrive at Picton approximately 1.00pm
  • Cruise to a leisurely lunch stop at a Sounds Resort of your choice (Furneaux Lodge, Punga Cove Resort, Bay of Many Coves Resort or Portage Resort Hotel) - return to Picton at approximately 4.30pm
  • Explore Ship Cove and enjoy a picnic lunch at the place that Captain Cook and early Maori explorers enjoyed - return to Picton at approximately 4.30pm
  • A day walk from Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge on the Queen Charlotte Track (10.5 km) - return to Picton at approximately 4.30pm

Minimum Numbers No minimum numbers

Maximum Numbers No maximum numbers

Suitable for Disabled Clients No

Suitable for Children  Yes

Departs Daily 8.00am (October - April)

Returns to Picton 1.00pm or 4.30pm

 


Full Day Cruise and Queen Charlotte Walk

This option is designed for those who wish to spend time on the famous Queen Charlotte Track. Cruising on the way out you may see dolphins looking for their first meal of the day. We are able to offer a variety of unguided walks ranging from 1 to 5 hours catering to all levels of fitness. Recommended for all ages up to the fit 80's. These walks take you through lush beech forests, nikau palms and native ferns, and offer plenty of opportunity to view the beautiful panoramic scenery along the way.

 

Cruise and Walk options:

  • Cruise and 5 hour walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge (14km) - Step ashore at Ship Cove, in the footsteps of Captain Cook, for our post popular day walk. Through magnificent virgin forest you'll emerge at the ridgeline to breathtaking views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay, before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavour Inlet. Departs 8.00am - 4.30pm (October to April) and 9.00am - 4.30pm (May to September).
  • Cruise and 4 hour walk from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove (11km) - Historic Furneaux Lodge is the starting point for your walk around the head of Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove Resort. Venture over the swing bridge into the cool embrace of abundant punga ferns along the shoreline, to the melodic call of the bellbird. Departs 8.00am - 4.30pm (October to April) and 9.00am - 4.30pm (May to September).
  • Cruise and 3 hour walk from Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge (10km) - Our most popular cruise and walk option. This gentle walk traverses native forest over a low saddle offering a spectacular vantage point for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to historic Furneaux Lodge. Departs 10.00am - 4.30pm (October to April) and 9.00am - 4.30pm (May to September).
  • Cruise and 2 hour walk from Ship Cove to Resolution Bay - Disembark at Ship Cove and walk upward through a canopy of native tree ferns and into the beech forest along the ridge. There is a panoramic view across to Motuara Island before you descend gradually into Resolution Bay. Departs 8.00am/10.00am - 4.30pm (October to April) and 9.00am - 4.30pm (May to September).
  • Cruise and 1 hour walk to the Furneaux Lodge Waterfall - Discover a primordial world redolent of Lord of the Rings, in the towering rain forest just behind Furneaux Lodge. This is a gentle option for families, or a stroll after lunch. Meander along an easy path through ancient beech forest to an enchanting waterfall.

Minimum Numbers No minimum numbers

Maximum Numbers No maximum numbers

Suitable for Disabled Clients No

Suitable for Children Yes

Duration Up to 9 hours including up to 6 hours onshore


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