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A one hour scenic tour of Picton by mini bus, you will be given a brief history of Picton by your driver, from the arrival of Polynesians to the early European settlers. These are fascinating stories of improvisation and boldness under adversity, such as tales of explorer Captain Cook and the rise and fall of the whaling industry.
The mini tour culminates in a breath taking view of the harbor and Marlborough Sounds from a hill top. This is a wonderful place to see your cruise ship in dock and a great photo opportunity.
You can hire a bike for an hour to ride local roads and tracks; a day to ride a section of the Queen Charlotte Track or many days. Selecting the best option for your riding ability is a key part of a successful mountain bike experience. Our safety briefing process, as part of your booking, will help to ensure that you have selected the best riding option. Please contact us any time to talk through the timeframe you would like to ride, what you would like to do and we can advise accordingly.
Get the best of both worlds, fantastic views over both the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
Bring your lunch, your camera and wear good walking shoes. Depart our base in Picton and cruise over to Torea Bay. En-route relax and enjoy the scenery of the Marlborough Sounds. Disembark at Torea to explore 8kms of the Queen Charlotte Walkway. Along the track look out for the native wildlife.
Near the end of the walk the track drops down into the native forest of tree ferns and beech trees undisturbed except for the call of the Tui's and Bellbirds.
Duration: 7.8kms, approximately 2.5-3 hours
Departs Picton @ 9.30am (9am from 01Sep)
Pick Up Mistletoe Bay @ 3.00pm
Arrive Picton @ 4.30pm
Walking the whole track is a popular challenge however, for those with limited time, Cougar Line offers a range of options to capture the natural and historic world of the Queen Charlotte Track, for those with limited time, in one just day.
Select a walk, and cruise the rest with Cougar Line. From one hour to eight hour walks, there are walks designed to suit all fitness levels and ages.
Join the historic mail run through Pelorus Sound on the Mail Boat. Take in the majestic scenery and meet the people who live and love the Sounds as they receive their mail and groceries in remote locations. See Gannets, Dolphins, seals and a variety of other marine and bird life as we cruise through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
Departs from Havelock Marina 9:30 am
Returns to Havelock late afternoon
Adults : $128
Children up to and including 15 yrs Free
Tea and Coffee supplied
Bring your own lunch
Experience the joy of sailing on board the good ship Steadfast! Built on the lines of a French pilot cutter from 1913, Steadfast offers guests a delightful experience of sailing in comfort and style. Our French Pass lunch cruise features freshly baked rolls from the ship's stove, fresh organic produce, and a complimentary glass of wine.
Departing the French Pass wharf daily at 11am, Steadfast sets sail for the d'Urville Island coast and the surrounding islets. Lunch is served on deck, as we glide silently along, enjoying the passing scenery and the gentle sounds of wind and water. Little Blue Penguins, gannets, shags, and shearwaters are regular company, and we occasionally come up with a pod of dolphins, who like to ride the bow wave as we sail along. Experience the wonder of one of New Zealand's hidden treasures!