Queen Charlotte Sound Experience Tour

Breathtaking views and birdsong are a background to this boat tour of the Queen Charlotte Sound, a collection of drowned river valleys created when the mountains sank in earth movements and the sea flooded into the valleys. Bordered in many parts by forested hills rising almost vertically from secluded coves, the Marlborough Sounds are a true scenic wonder. On this tour you have the opportunity to experience the natural world of abundant wildlife while enjoying the charm of remote New Zealand.

Please note that a suitable jacket and sturdy walking shoes are necessary. All the paths are easily accessible, but they can be wet and slippery. This is a wonderful day’s outing to share with friends and family. Please note return times are approximate. 

Ship Cove

Ship Cove

Travel to historic Ship Cove, with its original bush of rainforest, abundant nikaus and ferns (morning tea will be served en route). Take a short stroll through the native forest that leads to a beautiful waterfall, or just take time to relax and enjoy nature’s own garden. Capt. James Cook noted this as his favourite anchorage, and for history lovers the Cook monument relays the fascinating story of early explorers and their voyages around New Zealand.
Punga Cove

Punga Cove

Leaving Ship Cove, Cougar Line takes you to the fabulous resort known as Punga Cove.Here you will be treated to lunch in their beautiful restaurant set above Endeavour Inlet.Take in magnificent views from this idyllic location with a glass of one of Marlborough’s fabulous wines.

Mistletoe Bay

Mistletoe Bay

Afternoon tea will be served en route to Mistletoe Bay. This resort has been extensively redeveloped as an eco-village and education centre. During your visit, the history and development of this fantastic educational facility will be related by Sharon and Casey Livingston, who care for this wonderful asset. There will be time to take a short stroll, or just sit and enjoy the stunning setting.

Kaipupu Point

Kaipupu Point

New for 2016!

The final stop for the day will be at Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary. Established by the community in 2005, the Sanctuary is managed entirely by volunteers; with the aim of enriching the community through restoration and guardianship of this special area. It is predator free, thanks to a fence separating it from the port. Public access is via the jetty only. On the Sanctuary you will be treated to stunning views out to the Sounds and looking back to Picton township. The relatively easy track is just under three kilometres and takes you through native forest which offers a safe haven for wildlife. A very magical experience so close to Picton.