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Early Bird Eco Cruise provided by Cougar Line

Early Bird Eco Cruise
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£52.08
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About
Cruise with us Oct-Apr to Motuara Island in the outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, for a very special Marlborough Sounds experience. Disembark into the magic of morning birdsong, look for penguins on the shore or in nesting boxes, and spot some of the rare species that call this island sanctuary home, including the South Island saddleback and bush robin. Follow the well-formed track to the island’s summit to take in the sweeping views across the Sound to Cook Strait.
 You’ll have approximately 2 hours to explore this natural paradise before the relaxing return boat ride. 
Cruise with us back to Picton for a 1pm arrival, OR, at no extra cost, choose from one of the following free add-ons: Discover Ship Cove/Meretoto Cruise & Walk from Resolution Bay to Furneaux Lodge (3 hours walk) Cruise & Lunch at Furneaux Lodge Restaurant or Punga Cove’s Boatshed Café & Bar (Lunch at own cost)
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 58484P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase on some cruises)
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • Cougar Line - Queen Charlotte Track Cruises, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late arrival
  • The duration of activity is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and weather conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - rain jacket and walking shoes required
  • If, in the very rare event that this activity is canceled due to extreme weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • PLEASE NOTE: There are lavatories available for use on the boat, but not on the island.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase on some cruises)
Departure details
  • Cougar Line - Queen Charlotte Track Cruises, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late arrival
  • The duration of activity is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and weather conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - rain jacket and walking shoes required
  • If, in the very rare event that this activity is canceled due to extreme weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • PLEASE NOTE: There are lavatories available for use on the boat, but not on the island.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Cougar Line - Queen Charlotte Track Cruises
    London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    See address & details
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    Motuara Island
    Stop: 2 hours
    Disembark into the magic of morning birdsong, look for penguins on the shore or in nesting boxes, and spot some of the rare species that call this island sanctuary home, including the South Island saddleback and bush robin. Follow the well-formed track to the island’s summit to take in the sweeping views across the Sound to Cook Strait.
 You’ll have approximately 2 hours to explore this natural paradise before the relaxing return boat ride.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
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bushell278
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Great day out
Feb 2020 • Couples
Cougar Lines are a great operator with excellent staff. This was a wonderful way to see the Queen Charlotte sound en route to visiting Motuara Island bird sanctuary. The chance to extend the trip by incorporating a 3 hour stop at Punga Cove where we had lunch and a swim for no extra cost made for a full and enjoyable day.
Written 26 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi bushell278, thank you so much for your awesome review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your tour out to beautiful Motuara Island and your time at Punga Cove - what a perfect day out. We hope to see you back again soon!
Written 27 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BobnBean
Meservey, IA5 contributions
Great way to start our New Zealand trip
Feb 2020
Cougar Line boat cruise through the Sounds was delightful. The 2 hour stop at Motuara Island was wonderful. The hike was beautiful, the scenery amazing. We saw many birds and enjoyed info from serious bird watchers on the cruise. General info on the area was shared by the cruise captain, but not too much! The cruise was fun, enjoyed the stops on the way. We only did a short hike on the track from the Lodge but enjoyed it and the lunch at the lodge.
Written 21 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi BobnBean, thanks for taking the time to share your review. We're thrilled you had such a great day out in the Marlborough Sounds, that the birds were out to be seen and that the commentary was just right - always good to know! We hope you'll come back to see us again soon.
Written 27 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mortybee
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Amazing experience!
Mar 2019 • Family
Fantastic trip out to Motuara Island, boat left early so we had plenty of time to explore the island and experience the amazing wildlife. Fantastic views and lovely wee walk. Then caught the boat to Ferneaux for yummy lunch and another boat home. All boat trips were great and interesting stop offs at other bays also. Very well organised, all staff friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend and love to go again!
Written 13 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi mortybee, a big thanks for your great review. We’re chuffed that you enjoyed your trip to Motuara Island and Furneaux Lodge lunch. We look forward to seeing you back soon!
Written 2 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

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Mvsdvs
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Britney A
Britany A was an amazing tour guide, her local knowledge , friendly personality made the trip. Highly recommend th
Catzmum
Catzmum
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A Must Do!
Thank you so much to the fabulous team at Cougar Lines for the exciting trip out to Punga Cove. Thanks to Steve fo
kiwimike82
kiwimike82
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Value for money water taxi service
We used the water taxi service, the price was highly competitive and the staff were very friendly and helpful. High
GrizzlyToaster
GrizzlyToaster
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perfect day
Well almost - the weather was a little drizzly, but we decided to go for it anyway and so glad we did. Ended up doi
CCNewZealand
CCNewZealand
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The perfect way to arrive at a resort and to see the Marlborough Sounds on the way
A fun trip with a great crew - lots of interesting information about the places we passed. Spectacular scenery, and
Robert T
Robert T
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Boats on the Sounds
We wanted to to do a two day walk on the Queen Charlotte track, but didn't really want to carry everything with us.
DianeG448
DianeG448
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Walk Queen Charlotte
Great company , staff friendly, the transfer of bags a great service though I do fear the staff lifting all the bag
KiwiMaz13
KiwiMaz13
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Professional, knowledgeable and friendly
Excellent pre, during and post service. Friendly and helpful staff from enquiry to conclusion. Would definitely tra
wayneg760
wayneg760
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Queen Charlotte Track walk
These guys are simply great. From the online booking system to the great service the Cougar Line water taxi service
gregoryf779
gregoryf779
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Reliable, On-Time Transfer while doing the Queen Charlotte Track
We used the Cougar Line service during our Queen Charlotte Track over 5 days. At 98 NZD per person, it offers grea
jacci6
jacci6
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Perfect way to travel and explore the Sounds
We had a day to explore the Queen Charlotte Sound and decided to walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge. Cougar Line
Julie_Dave0510
Julie_Dave0510
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Amazing, Highly Recommend
While on an Ovation of the Seas Cruise in October last year we booked a tour for our one day in Picton NZ. We chose
TeamNewman
TeamNewman
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Friendly
Super friendly and helpful, from check in, to loading our bags on and off the boat it was all typical laid back, fr
Andrew C
Andrew C
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Wonderful wonderful wonderful
A very pleasant ferry out to do the Ship Cove to Furneax Lodge - a now 17km walk as some of the track has been re-d
Quest37060823724
Quest37060823724
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Worth it for sure
Went with a whole bunch of tourists to walk the magical queen Charlotte track ,Everytime I do it I wish I could jus
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