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Bay of Island

Beachcomber Cruises

Beachcomber Cruises are the Marlborough Sounds cruise, transport and Queen Charlotte Track transfer specialists. Proudly family owned and operated since 2006, our boats are out on the water 364 days of the year, rain or shine. Every day is different, you never know who or what you may meet, be it frolicking dolphins, playful seals or a lone blue penguin.

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Cougar Line

Cougar Line is the main transportation company transferring walkers to and from any point along The Queen Charlotte Track daily. Multi day options all have free luggage transfers and optional free transfer across Endeavour Inlet.

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E-Ko Tours

E-Ko Wildlife Adventures in the Marlborough Sounds.Sea and Land adventures in the calm sheltered waters with fully guided small groups.

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Natural Encounters

Stunning views, relaxing walking, comfortable accommodation and dining plus daily luggage transfers. What more could you ask for..??

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Picton Cinemas

Picton Cinema is a boutique cinema located within the Ecoworld Aquarium complex on Picton Foreshore. Our intimate air-conditioned theatres show the best in local and international "art house" style films.

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Sea Kayak Adventures

Originally known as Sea Kayaking Adventure Tours Anakiwa (SKATA), the business started from humble beginnings in the early 1990s with two Double Southern Lights and four Single Puffin sea kayaks under the ownership of Roger Reardon.

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Sounds Connection

Our fishing trips are a great option for more exclusive or small group activities. We operate on a charter basis with all fishing gear and skipper provided; times are flexible to suit your group and with your local skipper, you are sure to have a great experience fishing in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

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Steadfast Traditional Sail

Steadfast Traditional Sail offers day and extended sailing adventures on board Steadfast, a 60' French pilot cutter. Delicious meals are served from the galley with a complimentary glass of wine.

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The Edwin Fox Society

The Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre is a fantastic piece of New Zealand and world heritage! The last surviving convict Ship that took convicts to Australia and The oldest surviving merchant ship left in the world!

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Waterways Boating Safaris

Drive a boat, explore the sounds.
Fun, freedom & stunning scenery on a guided boating safari.
Learning to handle the boat is quick and easy for first-timers.
You will soon set off to explore the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds whilst enjoying the thrill of driving your own boat.

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Wilderness Guides

Wilderness Guides of the Marlborough Sounds can introduce you to this area like no-one else! We offer small, personal tours with an emphasis on nature, gourmet food, great guides and care for the environment.

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R & R Cruises

R & R Cruises operate half or full day skippered cruises in the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound tailor made to your requirements.

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Pelorus Eco Adventures

Pelorus bridge Havelock is where the scenes from the dwarfs in barrels was filmed for the second movie The Hobbit-The Desolation of Smaug.

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Pelorus Mail Boat Ltd

You have the opportunity to join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run in the Marlborough Sounds. You'll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way it has been done for decades.

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Bluebridge Ferry

We carry passengers and vehicles between Wellington and Picton up to four times daily and offer a range of fares to suit your budget. Catching the ferry between Wellington and Picton with Bluebridge is a real treat. Enjoy our kiwi hospitality or kick back in your very own private cabin.

Picton is a quaint port town nestled deep in the Marlborough Sounds. It is the main link between the South and North Islands, with scheduled ferry service over Cook Strait.

Picton is also the gateway to the marine, forest and island attractions of the Marlborough Sounds.

The town has an attractive seafront dotted with caf├ęs, restaurants and various types of galleries.

The calm waters of the sounds are excellent for water based activities such as kayaking or dolphin watching and the stunning vistas of the Queen Charlotte Track can be experienced on a 3 to 5 day tramp.

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