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Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton

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Picton, New Zealand
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Take in the sights of Queen Charlotte Sound and visit Ship Cove on a morning boat tour from Picton. The 3.5-hour journey follows a network of waterways as your captain narrates the highlights of the Marlborough Sounds. During free time while anchored at Ship Cove, see Maori wood carvings and a Captain Cook memorial, and explore the sheltered beach. Be on the lookout for marine life and other natural features of this breathtaking region while you sip complimentary tea and coffee on board.
  • 3.5-hour boat cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Ship Cove, from Picton
  • Learn about the region's history from your expert captain
  • Have at least 30 minutes to explore Ship Cove, Captain Cook’s favorite anchorage in New Zealand
  • See beautiful Endeavor Inlet
  • Travel along parts of the inter-island ferry route and Queen Charlotte Sound, located within the larger Marlborough Sounds
  • Sip complimentary tea or coffee on board the boat
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Live commentary on board
Restroom on board
Food
Hotel pickup and drop-off
1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Explore the magnificent waterways of the Marlborough Sounds on an afternoon boat tour, departing from the Picton waterfront. After your boat captain welcomes you aboard, set off on your 3.5-hour Queen Charlotte Sound cruise, which includes a 30-minute stop in Ship Cove.

Warm up with tea and coffee, and listen to live commentary on regional historical and natural landmarks. Keep an eye out for marine life such as little blue penguins and Hector’s dolphins — considered the rarest marine dolphin in the world. 

After about an hour’s journey, your boat drops anchor at Ship Cove where Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavor, stopped for supplies in the late 1700s. Set foot on the trails past informative displays to a sheltered beach, and check out the Maori statues and monument to Cook.

At the appointed time, you’ll continue by boat to Endeavor Inlet en route to Picton, arriving at the waterfront where your tour ends.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Queen Charlotte Sound
Cruise through the tranquil waterways of the Queen Charlotte Sound, see wildlife and native flora and fauna along the way
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to consume on board
  • Closed-toe walking shoes suitable for walking are recommended
  • Not accessible for motorized wheelchairs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • We are not able to pick up / drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal - you must make your way to our booking office
  • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 9:00am
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travelers with serious mobility issues or confinements
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beachcomber Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half-Day Cruise in Marlborough Sounds from Picton.

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  • "It is essentially retracing mostly the same waterways that you see arriving and departing from Picton." See review

Reviews

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Amazing trip
Razmi_P
, Jan 2021
The live commentary was really helpful to make the entire experience worthy and fascinating. We enjoyed the scenery and of course the visit to the ship cave was profoundly amazing.
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Excellent
Lynda
, Oct 2020
Captain friendly. Stopped to let us see the dolphins even though he had a schedule to keep. Have booked for other members of the family to enjoy this day trip.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Lynda, Thank you for your review and booking further guests. Great to hear you had a wonderful time in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Beachcomber Cruises
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Memorable Cruise
ShawnC2133
, Jan 2020
The day out on the cruise to Marlborough Sounds was great. Lovely weather and great sights. The boat met our expectations and the captain was very entertaining and informative. Had an amazing day out.
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Amazing trip in the Queen Charlotte Sound
valerier361
, Dec 2019
A great morning trip to Ship’s Cove. Skipper/driver/tour guide was awesome and slowed down to allow us to take pictures of the dolphins swimming around the boat!
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Highlight of our road trip
randgvincent
, Nov 2019
Picton and the cruise around the malborough sounds was the best part of our trip. We are still talking about it days later, was really enjoyable. We would highly recommend the tour. The driver was excellent and really entertaining
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Lovely morning exploring the sounds
Michelle J
, Oct 2019
We had a lovely mix of beautiful weather and an informative host. Very relaxing and informative. We were fortunate enough to see seals, penguins and plenty of bird life.
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Great day
Kris S
, Oct 2019
Take water or cold drinks because only tea and coffee provided. The driver knows a great deal about the area and tells you all about it. Really enjoyed our cruise.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Kris, Thank you for your review. So glad you enjoyed you time in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. All the best for your travels from the team at Beachcomber Cruises, Picton.
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Beachcomber Cruise
Steve L
, Dec 2018
I thought the cruise of Queen Charlotte Sound was average. I would not recommend the cruise for anyone that arrives in Picton on a cruise ship. It is essentially retracing mostly the same waterways that you see arriving and departing from Picton. The boat had a pilot but no attendants. There was no real service onboard. The pilot offered narrative about the sound but it was hard to hear over the roar of the engines and when on deck over the wind. After about 2 hours I just wanted to get off and have it be done
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We had a superb trip on the 09.00 to...
Kenneth O
, Apr 2018
We had a superb trip on the 09.00 to 12.30 Marlborough Sounds Cruise with a very enlightening and interesting live commentary on one of the family owned and run Beachcomber Cruise boats. Setting off from Picton, we went up through Queen Charlotte Sound and had a fabulous experience of seeing a group of dolphins following our boat leaping into the air as they playfully kept up with us. Seeing them enjoying being alongside our boat in their natural habitat without having been taught to do so was pure magic which will stay in our memory for a long time. We also saw a seal sunbathing on a rock before visiting Ship Cove where we spent about 30 minutes giving us time to reflect on the historical landing by Captain James Cook in 1770. Its a lovely spot no wonder Captain Cook returned here another four times between 1770 and 1777. The Maori wood carvings and the Captain Cook memorial are fascinating and we saw a flightless Waka bird. On our return to Picton we also made a drop off/ pick up at Punga Cove Resort and Furneaux Lodge. The whole experience was brilliant and the boat had complimentary coffee and tea on board to which we could help ourselves. The entire trip, which we booked via Viator before leaving the UK, was a pure joy and we have no hesitation in recommending Beachcomber Cruises.
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Had a great time going around to...
cadkod
, Mar 2018
Had a great time going around to various stops dropping and picking up people out on a trek. The weather was cold and miserable. The longer stop at Cook's Cove made us chose the morning versus the afternoon tour. It was a pretty beach.
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