Water activity

Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

4.5 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Beachcomber Cruises

Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

Activity provider: Beachcomber Cruises

From US$ 53.74 per person

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
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Wheelchair accessible


  • 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
Full description
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.
  • Scenic cruise
  • Live commentary in English
  • 30-minute stopover at Ship Cove
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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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

    What to bring

    • Cash
    • Closed-toe shoes

    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
    • Tea and coffee is available to purchase prior to your departure for $6, which includes a complimentary "Keep Cup" to take away with you
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 35 reviews

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    A informative and interesting and fun cruise. Well worth the cash.

    Beach Comber Cruises. Julian was our skipper, what he doesn't know regarding this cruse is really not worth knowing. He made the trip lots of fun right from the start, and we felt like we have known him forever. This cruise is very well thought out, and informative. A MUST DO IN PICTON.

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    Product ID: 179885