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Cougar Line

London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 7925
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Excellent trip

We had a lovely trip including a late lunch at Bay of Many Coves Resort. What a nice relaxing time... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2017
via mobile
These guys are terrific!

We used Cougar Line to take us from Picton to the Bay of Many Coves and then to/from the Queen... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2017
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Cougar Line offers scheduled daily tours from Picton to the Queen Charlotte Sound and the Queen Charlotte Track. We are the leading water transportation company in the Marlborough Sounds and operate 364 days. 3hr Sounds Delivery Cruises, Eco cruises, Cruise and Walk day trips, Cruise and lunch. These are must do activities for visitors of all ages wishing to explore the beautiful Marlborough region.Free daily luggage transfers for all Queen Charlotte Track walkers and bikers.
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London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 7925

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Reviewed April 2, 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely trip including a late lunch at Bay of Many Coves Resort. What a nice relaxing time we had …… & the weather was very kind to us!

Thank Nuttynana
Reviewed April 1, 2017

We used Cougar Line to take us from Picton to the Bay of Many Coves and then to/from the Queen Charlotte Trail. The service was great and I was impressed how they ensured that they had all passengers on board before moving to their next...More

Thank jbdelaurentis
Reviewed March 23, 2017

The Cougar Line is a great service to transport you to the start of the Queen Charlotte Track and also organise your bags to be transported to your accommodation each day. The service was faultless and well organised.

Thank AndreaPick
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Good service and clear instruction was given for passengers. Safe ride and reasonable prices. Was flexible too as they accomodated our change of plans when there was heavy rain in the morning. They suggested alternative activities for those who were unwilling to trek in the...More

Thank OriginalBrew
Reviewed March 12, 2017

Anyone wanting to experience the famous Marlborough Sounds at firsthand is strongly recommended to do so on one of the Cougar Line's (easily found on the waterfront) 3 hour 'Delivery' cruises (NZ$85 per adult). Besides having excellent staff - both on and off shore -...More

Thank stevebG6121BX
Reviewed March 11, 2017

I can't recommend the folk at Cougar Line enough. They run lunch cruises throughout Queen Charlotte Sound and also arrange transport to and from the start of the Queen Charlotte track for walkers. Not only did they drop us at the start of the track,...More

Thank KC1958
Reviewed March 6, 2017

Having arrived on the InterIsland Ferry from Wellington into Picton we had no idea how often this water taxi service ran to take us to the Bay of Many Coves Resort. We could not find a pubic timetable. However, after a few minutes a boat...More

Thank CrookieLondon
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

You could walk the whole 71 km track if you're in a good shape but there are better, I mean, more diverse walks on the south island. A much better option and suitable for all ages is to take the 10.00 am Cougar boat to...More

Thank AlexMeester
Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

These guys transported me to ship cove to the start of the queen Charlotte track to continue my Te Araroa hiking experience in New Zealand and I was met with exceptional kiwi hospitality and enjoyed the ride through the beautiful Marlborough sounds, great boat, great...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed February 24, 2017

We walked the QC Track over 5 days using Cougar Line services from Picton to Ship Cove for us to walk and then pack transfer to Madsens Camp, Camp Bay, Torea Bay jetty (pick up from Portage Hotel for small fee), Mistletoe and last stop...More

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Hi Katherine, would you share please the difficulty of the walk? Royal Caribbean states it's sometimes very steep, rough and muddy. Did you find that to be the case? If so, how much? I have a 74-year old husband who may not want this but would love to see the spectacular sights!
February 11, 2017|
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Response from Jill_Picton | Property representative |
Hi, Its not a difficult or steep walk. However it is true it can be quite slippery after rain. There are exposed tree roots and rocks on the bush trail which need to be watched out for. It takes about an hour to an hour and... More
Hi We are planning our New Zealand trip for next February and will be staying at Bay of Many Coves for 3 nights during our visit. We are trying to tie up our frerry crossings from Wellington to Picton with the Water taxi time table. The ferry leaving Wellington at 1.30 pm arriving in Picton at 5pm seems favourite which then gives us an hour to catch the 6pm water taxi (the last one according to the time table) What happens if the ferry into Picton is late? Is there a private transfer we can arrange? Does the 6pm Water Taxi run coincide with mail deliveries. thanks Tim
June 22, 2015|
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Response from Jill_Picton | Property representative |
Hi there Tim, The ferry that leaves Wellington at 1.30pm will have you into Picton at 5.00pm which will give you time to catch our 6.00pm departure. We ask that if the ferry is going to be late for some reason then talk... More
We are Canadians on a cruise and stop in Picton in the second week of February what does this queen charlotte trip cost per person? Any suggestions or recommendations? What times does it start and end? How do we get from the Harbour to the Cougar Line ? are there get on and off stops? We are well travelled Canadian seniors and mainly like sight seeing with not more than a mile of non strenuous walking. We would prefer a trip of about 4 hours or so in duration Are reservations necessary? Is payment due on embarking? Is there commentary on the sights during your cruise? Please respond before Jan 27 as we leave Canada that day Many thanks for your kind anticipated assistance. Alvin
January 24, 2015|
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Response from Margaret G | Reviewed this property |
Hi Alvin Taxi would be the best way to get to their terminal and the cost would be minimal for a cab. Cougarline office is right on the water and the view from their office is beautiful and right near the main shopping... More