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Picton: Ship Cove Cruise - Queen Charlotte Sound


Experience the very best of what the stunning Queen Charlotte Sounds has to offer with this magical half day cruise exploring the historic Ship Cove.


  • Take in the natural beauty of the sounds and its vast array of wildlife aboard the luxury custom built cruise ship as you make your way to Ship Cove
  • Experience the beauty and surrounds of Ship Cove, a favourite anchorage point for Captain Cook's Endeavour!

Departing from the beautiful coastal town of Picton, take in the natural beauty of the sounds and its vast array of wildlife aboard the luxury custom built cruise ship as you make your way to Ship Cove.

The beautiful Ship Cove is steeped in history and was named by Captain James Cook when his ship anchored there and made it his favourite New Zealand base. Your friendly guides will be happy to share their knowledge of this historical area with you and can even show you where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew!

Once you have enjoyed the serenity of Ship Cove your journey will continue on to where is required. We often drop bags to day walkers or have additotnal stops in Bays including the Endeavour Inlet. Experience the very best in cruising with outstanding scenery, abundant wildlife, rich history and friendly personable hosts.

Adult $91.00
Child $55.00 (5-14 years old)
Infant $0.00 (0-4 years old)


  • Departs from Beachcomber Cruises - The Waterfront, Corner of London Quay and Wellington St, Picton.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • IMPORTANT - Please Note: Due to the nature of our trips we have a strict check-in policy. All participants must arrive and check-in at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled trip time. Failure to do so may result in the forfeit of your ticket and will be strictly non-refundable or transferable.

    Hot Deal Specials:The operator in very rare occasions, not withstanding all endeavours, may have to reschedule the time slightly if load requirements dictate and or refund on rare occasions.

    Departures: 9am daily, returning to Picton 12:30pm - 1:00pm

    Duration: Approximately 3-4 hours

    Available to purchase for $6 in the office before you depart are Beachcomber Cruises keep cups, we no longer use single use cups on board our vessels due the huge environmental impact. Upon purchase of a Beachcomber Cruises keep cup guests can enjoy tea and coffee onboard for the duration of the tour.

  • Ages: Child prices apply to ages 5-14 years old. Infants aged 0-4 years old are free of charge.

    Parking: Car parking can be found at the bottom of Wellington Street and is $5.00 per day, Please pay as you park by entering your number plate in the machine.

    Beachcomber Cruises Terms and Conditions:

    A refund of the total price less 10% will be given if booking is cancelled 48 hours in advance. Bookings cancelled within 48 hours, no refund due.

    Beachcomber Cruises reserves the right to amend timetables, cancel departures, substitute plant and equipment and alter ticket prices without prior notification.

    Bookme's own terms and conditions also apply.

Available Bookings from 14 Aug to 20 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sun 14 Aug
Mon 15 Aug
Tue 16 Aug
Wed 17 Aug
Thu 18 Aug
Fri 19 Aug
Sat 20 Aug

  • Adult$61.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$55.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$63.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$55.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$87.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$55.00
  • Infant Free

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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tilsone from Nauru wrote on 16 December 2021

Awesome cruise

Considering the grey weather on the day. It was an awesome experience see the Marlborough Sounds. At one point, I was the only one on the cruise as we dropped off the first passengers at their destination which was an added bonus! Awesome wildlife sightings of birds and even dolphins! Excellent local skipper sharing some interesting stories about the area especially in a covid-world! Go check it out!

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Aylse Sciascia from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2022

Fantastic Cruise

Totally recommend this cruise! What a beautiful spot!

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Raelene Costello from New Zealand wrote on 04 February 2022

Fantastic trip.

Great day. Will definitely do it again.

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John Trischler from New Zealand wrote on 18 January 2022

Seeing a different part of NZ

Our trip out on the mail boat was done on a beautiful Marlborough morning and the sea conditions in the sounds was flat. The trip out to Ships Cove was great as our captain gave us a commentary about our surroundings and the overall area. We spent about 20 minutes at Ships Cove as the boat went across to another island to drop off and pickup some people and then came back and from here we headed to the other resorts in the sounds to drop off both people and luggage and pick luggage up to deliver to another resort. All the time we were informed where we were going as we headed back to Picton after a great 4 hours of scenery and destinations. John T

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francesb4 from New Zealand wrote on 04 January 2022

Picton ruisd

Great, beautiful scenario, nice to learn all about it.

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    Child 5-14 years old

      Infant * 0-4 years old

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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