Marlborough Day in the Sounds Experience

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Highlights & inclusions

Full day out in Marlborough Sounds
Scenic cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound
Chance encounters with marine wildlife
Informative skipper commentary
Visit the historical Ship Cove
Free time at Punga Cove Resort or Furneaux Lodge
or 4 payments of $22.08 with more info
Free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to experience

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Tue, Jul 23, 2024

What you can expect

Embark on an unforgettable Marlborough Sounds cruise with Beachcomber Cruises from Picton, offering a full day of exploration and relaxation on the Day in the Sounds tour. This journey takes you through the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound, one of the three main sounds in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Enjoy engaging commentary from the Beachcomber Cruises skipper, look out for marine wildlife from the boat and spend free time at your choice of Furneaux Lodge or Punga Resort.

Departing from Picton, your Marlborough Sounds boat trip begins with a scenic cruise towards the historic Ship Cove. Along the way, your skipper will provide entertaining commentary and help spot the abundance of wildlife that calls Queen Charlotte Sound home. At Ship Cove, you will have 30-minutes ashore to explore one of Captain Cook's favourite anchorage sites in the 1770 - make sure to snap a memorable photo in front of the cove's iconic monument!

The Marlborough Sounds cruise continues on to a choice of two lunch venues, each offering a distinctive experience (please note that lunch is at an extra cost). Opt for Furneaux Lodge, set at the foot of Mount Furneaux in Endeavour Inlet. This historic site is surrounded by 2000 acres of pristine native forest and boasts beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. After a delectable lunch, explore the area and take a scenic walk to a nearby waterfall.

Alternatively, choose Punga Cove Resort, nestled in picturesque surroundings with breathtaking views across Endeavour Inlet. Enjoy your lunch at the Boat Shed Bar, a perfect spot to relax and watch the boats and kayakers go by.

As the day winds down, reboard your Beachcomber Cruises vessel for a tranquil return to Picton, arriving back in the early evening. This Marlborough Sounds boat trip with Beachcomber Cruises promises a day filled with natural beauty, historical insights and serene moments, making it a must-do for anyone visiting New Zealand's Marlborough region.


What you need to know

  • Full day out in Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Scenic cruise with Beachcomber Cruises
  • 30 minutes ashore at the historical Ship Cove
  • Informative skippers commentary
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Free time at your choice of Furneaux Lodge or Punga Cove Resort
  • Lunch is NOT included and is available for purchase at a resort where you get off the boat
  • This experience departs daily at 9am and returns by 5:30-6pm
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from the Waterfront Corner of London Quay & Wellington Street, Picton
Cancellation Policy
  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience​
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience​
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

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