Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise from Picton to Ship Cove

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Highlights & inclusions

Half day Queen Charlotte Sound cruise
4 hour experience departing from Picton
Visit the historic Ship Cove
Informative skipper commentary
Take a photo at the Captain Cook monument
Look out for dolphins, seals and penguins

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Sun, May 26, 2024

What you can expect

Explore a section of New Zealand's famous Marlborough Sounds on a half day Queen Charlotte Sound cruise to Ship Cove. Sailing with Beachcomber Cruises from Picton, this is a remarkable opportunity to visit one of the historic landing sites of Captain Cook in the 1770s. This four-hour experience includes informative commentary from your skipper, a short stopover at Ship Cove and views of Queen Charlotte Sound and its abundant wildlife.

Departing from Picton, your skipper will navigate up through the pristine waters of Queen Charlotte Sound for the first portion of this cruise. Part of the Marlborough Sounds, this area is renowned for its turquoise waters, lush native forests and resident marine life. As you sail along on your Picton cruise, prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring landscapes that surround you at every turn.

The Queen Charlotte Sound cruise to Ship Cove is a must-do for history enthusiasts, as it takes you to one of Captain Cook's first landing sites in New Zealand. Disembark at Ship Cove and explore this significant historical site for yourself. Don't forget to bring your camera for a photo beside the Captain Cook Monument!

The remainder of your experience with Beachcomber Cruises will be spent exploring some of of the hidden bays and coves along the coastline of Queen Charlotte Sound. Look out for some of the area's beautiful waterside resorts, including Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove. If you're lucky, you may also see some playful seals sunbathing on the beaches and locally-owned boats.

Beachcomber Cruises offer modern and well-equipped vessels with ample seating, panoramic windows and spacious outdoor decks, allowing you to fully appreciate the stunning scenery. Friendly and knowledgeable crew members are always on hand to provide interesting commentary and answer any questions you may have. Whether you are a nature lover, history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful morning on the water, the Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise to Ship Cove Cruise by Beachcomber Cruises promises an unforgettable journey in the Marlborough Sounds.


What you need to know

  • Half day Queen Charlotte Sound cruise
  • 30-minutes ashore at Ship Cove
  • Onboard skipper commentary
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • This experience departs daily at 9am and returns by 12:30pm
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from the Waterfront Corner of London Quay & Wellington Street, Picton
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience​
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience​
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

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