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Queen Charlotte Sound Ship Cove Cruise

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  • Queen Charlotte Sound cruise
  • Historical Ship Cove
  • 30 minutes ashore at Ship Cove
  • Skippers commentary
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Half day experience
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See the beautiful waters of Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound up close with this half day cruise departing from Picton with commentary, wildlife and more. Departing at 9am, you'll cruise through one of New Zealand's most picturesque waterways as your ship's skipper provides historical, geographical and animal background via a detailed commentary. Soak in the marvellous scenery before arriving at the historic port of Ship Cove, where you'll be able to disembark for 30 minutes and explore this area where James Cook first landed back in 1770 including its signature monument. Re-board the vessel and then cruise via Endeavour Inlet to view Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove Resort before returning to Picton.

With a scenic itinerary, local insight, and complimentary tea and coffee included, this cruise from Picton showcases the Queen Charlotte Sound at its best and most intimate and represents solid value with a robust 3.5 hour running time. Immerse yourself in NZ nature and history - book a Queen Charlotte Sound cruise online today.


  • Half day Queen Charlotte Sound cruise
  • 30 minutes ashore at Ship Cove
  • Skippers commentary
  • Complimentary tea and coffee


  • Hotel transfer


  • Cruise from Picton, up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove
  • Along the way your skipper will provide a commentary on the surrounds, history and the wildlife be it bird, fish or mammal
  • As the name would suggest the highlight of this tour is a 30 minute stopover at Ship Cove
  • Named by Captain James Cook on 15 January 1770 when his ship The Endeavour anchored here to replenish supplies of food, water and wood. It became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook and he returned here a futher four times between 1770 and 1777
  • Take the opportunity to dabble in the creek where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach with the resident wildlife
  • Have your photo taken beside the Captain Cook Monument commemorating his visits to this area or just relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds
  • On re-joining your vessel cruise via Endeavour Inlet to view Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove Resort before returning to Picton


  • Cruises depart daily at 9am and return around 12:30pm
  • The Waterfront, Corner of Wellington Street & London Quay, Picton

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
The beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound is the easternmost of the main sounds of the Marlborough Sounds.
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300935532 enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: B92-218B
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