Cougar Line offers an award winning experience in the Marlborough Sounds providing a fast and efficient water transport 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 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 25 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. We will pick you up and drop you back at the Picton wharf the same day.
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 for all visitors Cougar Line 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
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round
5 Hour Cruise & Walk Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet : 15km
Step ashore at Ship Cove, in the footsteps of explorer Captain Cook, for our most popular day walk. Through magnificent virgin forest you’ll emerge at the ridgeline to breathtaking views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay, before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavour Inlet
4 Hour Cruise & Walk Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove : 12.7km
Historic Furneaux Lodge is the starting point for your walk around the head of Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove Resort. Venture over the swing bridge into the cool embrace of abundant punga ferns along the shoreline, to the melodic call of the bellbird.
3 Hour Cruise & Walk Resolution Bay to Endeavour Inlet : 10.5km
Discover a primordial world redolent of Lord of the Rings, in the towering rain forest just behind Furneaux Lodge. This gentle walk traverses native forest over a low saddle offering a spectacular vantage point for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to historic Furneaux Lodge. This is a gentle option for families, or a stroll after lunch. Meander along an easy path through ancient beech forest to an enchanting waterfall. Invigorated, inspired, relax with a coffee or a glass of wine as we cruise home.
2 Hour Cruise & Walk Ship Cove to Resolution Bay : 4.5 km
A short climb reveals stunning long distance views of Cook Strait. Sub tropical virgin forest towers above the track. Survey off shore islands from a lookout and continue down the track for a pick up at remote Resolution Bay.
1 Hour Cruise & Walk Furneaux Lodge : 1km
Discover a primordial world redolent of Lord of the Rings, in the towering rain forest just behind Furneaux Lodge. This is a gentle option for families, or a stroll after lunch. Meander along an easy path through ancient beech forest to an enchanting waterfall. Invigorated, inspired, relax with a coffee or a glass of wine as we cruise home.
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. complimentary tea & coffee available onboard. 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.
Daily Scheduled Departure Times from the Cougar Line office in Picton 8:00 am, 10:00am & 1:30pm (Arriving Ship Cove approx. one hour later.)
Whether walking or biking is your choice, contact us first to arrange the best options to suit your style. Our office staff can help your planning with great advice. They will book in all your water transfers and luggage movements so that your trip is hassle free.
Our Round Trip Track Pass offers boat travel to and from anywhere on the track with a jetty and includes luggage (we recommend 20 kg max) transfers free of charge each day to your accommodation. *The Round Trip Pass also includes a free transfer across Endeavor Inlet if needed.
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.