1. New Zealand
  2. Marlborough, New Zealand
  3. Picton
  4. Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

Product ID: 179885
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Take in the sights of Queen Charlotte Sound and visit Ship Cove on a morning boat tour from Picton. Enjoy some free time while anchored at Ship Cove. Discover Maori wood carvings, a Captain Cook memorial and a sheltered beach.
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Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Wheelchair accessible

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  • Set sail on a 3.5-hour cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Ship Cove
  • Step ashore at Ship Cove for 30 minutes to explore a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook's
  • Admire wildlife and marine mammals like New Zealand Fur Seals and visiting dolphins
  • Learn the history of the region and its residents from your friendly skipper
  • Sip complimentary tea and coffee throughout the cruise
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Navigate the magnficent waterways of Marlborough Sounds on a morning boat tour, departing from the Picton waterfront. Cruise up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove.

Warm up with tea and coffee and listen to live commentary on regional historical and natural landmarks. Keep a lookout 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. Step ashore for 30 minutes and discover the inlet named by Captain James Cook on 15 January 1770. The Endeavour was anchored here to replenish supplies and the spot became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook.

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. Rejoin your vessel and continue via Endeavour Inlet to view Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove Resort before returning to Picton.
  • Scenic cruise
  • Live commentary in English
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • 30-minute stopover at Ship Cove

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Beachcomber Cruises Office. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.

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Important information
Know before you go
• You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks to consume on board
• Please advise at time of booking if you have a connection or are a cruise ship passenger
• Closed-toe walking shoes suitable for walking are recommended
• Not accessible for motorized wheelchairs

From US$ 62.51 per person

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Product ID: 179885