Cougar Line offers an award winning experience in the Marlborough Sounds providing a fast and efficient water taxi service to all resorts, lodges and private jettys along the Queen Charlotte Sound. With scheduled daily departures Cougar Line has gained a reputation for quality vessels, outstanding service and provides a fast and efficient service to and from the Queen Charlotte Track each day. Cruise & Walk Options suit walkers of all ages and fitness levels and are ideal if you have limited time and are waiting for an afternoon ferry. Enjoy a choice of Scenic Cruises with Cougar Line, travel along the length of the Queen Charlotte Sounds with Cougar Line as we deliver passengers and supplies to resorts, homes and hideaways along the way. Stop off at a resort for lunch or pack a picnic and hop off at Ship Cove for a glimpse of our early explorer history.
Cougar Line, Marlborough Sounds premier water transport company, has over 30 years experience transporting people and goods to and from the Queen Charlotte track, resorts and private homes along the Marlborough Sounds. Sit back and relax as you cruise the idyllic Queen Charlotte Sound. These short trips are ideal if you have limited time and are waiting for an afternoon ferry. We will pick you up and drop you back at the ferry terminal wharf the same day.
Just check your luggage in at the terminal and then step on board for a taste of the Marlborough Sounds that can’t be seen by road or on a Cook Strait crossing.
Walking the whole track is a popular challenge however, for those with limited time, we offer a range of options to capture the natural and historic world of the Queen Charlotte Track in one just day. Select a walk, and cruise the rest with Cougar Line. From 1 hour to 8 hour walks, there are walks designed to suit all fitness levels and ages.
Pricing from: Adults: $85 per person Child: $42.50 pp
Queen Charlotte Track Walking Options:
5 HOUR – 14km: Ship Cove – Furneaux Lodge.
4 HOUR – 11km: Furneaux Lodge – Punga Cove
3 HOUR – 10km: Resolution Bay – Furneaux Lodge
2 HOUR – Ship Cove – Resolution Bay.
1 HOUR – Furneaux Lodge Waterfall.
Pricing from: Adults: $75 Child: $35 Route options:
HALF DAY – 13km: Mistletoe Bay – Anakiwa
SHIP COVE EXPLORATION
A perfect way to enjoy the Marlborough Sound if you have limited time. Witness 80km of beautiful coastline in 3 hours as we go into coves and hidden bays not seen from the Interisland ferries, with commentary from our experienced skippers.
Sit back, relax and cruise with us as we go about our Sounds Delivery Cruise. You can enjoy 80km of beautiful coast line in 3 hours as we go into coves and hidden bays, delivering walkers to the Queen Charlotte track and freight and fresh supplies to the remote homes and resorts along the Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy our skippers commentary on the natural environment and local history, while cruising past a working salmon farm vessel in our comfortable and well maintained vessels.
Cruise through the majestic Marlborough Sounds to a resort of your choice for lunch in a dreamy cove. Savour fresh salmon, mussels and regional specialties, from cafe to fine dining, matched with Marlborough’s renowned wines.
Cougar Line partners with different resorts in the Marlborough Sounds to offer a wide variety of dining options & packages.
– Raetihi Lodge is a secluded, one of kind resort in the Kenepuru Sound with breathtaking views
– The Bay of Many Coves Resort package offers a brunch option as well as a lunch option, allowing you to make the most of the day
– The Furneaux Lodge package has a walk option, in which you can choose to leave early and be dropped off at Resolution Bay, walk 10.5km of the famous Queen Charlotte Track to Furneaux Lodge, where you can enjoy your well-earned lunch.
Motuara Island is a bird sanctuary, a predator free safe haven for many rare native species. Early morning bird song greets you as you step ashore onto a tidy track which gradually climbs to a spectacular vantage point built above the forest canopy. You will leave Picton at 8am with Cougar Line, Marlborough Sounds’ premier water transport company, and once arriving you will have approx. 2 hours to explore the Island independently, allowing you to enjoy the bird life and scenery at your own pace. The bird life on Motuara Island is relatively unafraid of humans, so this is a great trip for birdwatching. Rare species such as the South Island Saddleback and Bush Robin live on the Island and small blue penguins also nest in boxes alongside the track.
The Early Bird Eco Cruise returns to Picton at 1:00pm OR you have the option to add, at no extra cost, the following options:
Discover Ship Cove
Cruise and Walk from Resolution Bay to Picton or
Stop off somewhere in the Queen Charlotte Sound for a relaxing lunch sampling our fresh local cuisine at a café or restaurant (refreshment charges as own expense).
The above options return to Picton at 4:30pm.
Visit our website or contact us to help you plan the perfect day in the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds.
An eco-marine haven for seals, penguins, dolphins & birds. Historic sites including Captain Cook’s anchorage. Skippers’ commentary on local history and natural world. Safe, spacious, modern, smooth riding vessels. Free tea & coffee served by your friendly boat crew. Easy access on board suits all ages.
Let Cougar Line carry your luggage for you to your next destination each day – all you have to do is walk!
Experiencing the Queen Charlotte Track could not be easier than with Cougar Line – simply book your place on our boat, tell us where you want to go, hand us your pack and sit back and enjoy the wonder of the Queen Charlotte Sounds and track. We’ll show you the most memorable way to experience the Queen Charlotte Walking Track in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.
Relax in our luxury catamaran as we slip away from Picton into this tranquil natural world. Choose a cove to begin your discovery of this classic New Zealand walk. Cougar Line is the best way to discover it in freedom.Cougar Line has over 25 years experience in helping people from all over the world plan their walk. Carry only your camera and needs for the day – Cougar Line takes your luggage on to your lodge, resort, homestay, backpackers, or campsite.
Offering fast and reliable scheduled daily departures 364 days a year Cougar Line transfers visitors to any resort or private jetty in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Bookings (one way or return) can be booked at affordable prices.We can transfer to any accommodation in the Queen Charlotte Sound be it Lodges, Homestays, DOC Campsites or private baches. Prices and times differ according to distance. Enquire now for your choice of accommodation.
Phone: NZ 03 573 7925 Freephone: 0800 50 40 90 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org