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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.
Locations visited
Picton Sound
Beachcomber Cruises
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.
Highlights
  • 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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Reviewed 6 days ago
New Zealand and Australia cruise dairy: Picton Port, part 2

We booked a ship cove cruise with Beachcomber before arriving in Picton. Communication was easy. Our cruise boat was filled up to the second deck seats on this sunny day. We departed on time. We first saw some birds roosting on the rocks and passed...More

Thank GreenThumb331
Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile
Stunning afternoon out

We took the Sunday afyernoom cruise from Picton. The boat was very comfortable. The girls in the office were really friendly and Julian our skipper was great and had a huge amount local knowledge which was really interesting. The cruise had 2 stops where you...More

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BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Hi Gboni , Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time on the Sunday Afternoon Cruise. It really is a great way to enjoy the afternoon. Hope to have you back on board very soon ! Kind Regards,

Reviewed April 11, 2018
A fabulous 3 and a half hour boat trip

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...More

Thank lovetrav_9
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile
Ship Cove Cruise

In spite of the gloomy weather at the start of the trip the cruise was very enjoyable and informative. Ship Cove was very interesting. The trip back was great since we visited a few more places es on route back to Picton. The Captain was...More

Thank RobBurlison
Reviewed March 26, 2018
Beautiful place made even better on this fun cruise

Grat Cruise! The day was warm and beautiful, which helped but it would not have mattered - This was a wonderful 3 1/2 hours. The Captain was knowledgable on all sorts of fun facts. The dolphins chased our boat just for a play. We also...More

Thank Alison W
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2018

Hello Alison , Thank you for your reveiw. I am pleased to hear you have had a wonderful time on our Ship Cove cruise, this is a particular favourite of mine as Ship Cove is just so rich in history and an incredible place to...More

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Response from RobBurlison | Reviewed this property |
If you docking in Picton, which is a very small harbour, then it’s minutes away. Beachcomer Cruises reception is located on the wharf
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