Ship Cove Cruise

From NZD $89.00
  • Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Picton, Marlborough
  • Product code: SCC

Please note that Ship Cove is closed on the 21st November 2019 for the Tuia 250 commemoration. There will be no opportunity to go ashore at Ship Cove on this day however there will still be a full morning of Queen Charlotte Sound Sightseeing as usual. 


Please contact the office if you need assistance planning your day trip 


We apologize for any inconvenience caused 




Cruise from Picton, up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historic Ship Cove.  Along the way your skipper will provide a commentary on the surrounds, history and the wildlife be it bird, fish or mammal! 

As the name would suggest the highlight of this tour is a 30 minute stopover at Ship Cove. Named by Captain James Cook in 1770 when his ship The Endeavour anchored here to replenish supplies of food, water and wood. It became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook and he returned here a further four times between 1770 and 1777. 

Take the opportunity to dabble in the creek where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach with the resident wildlife. Have your photo taken beside the Captain Cook Monument commemorating his visits to this area or just relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds.

**Please note that during our Winter Months the boat may return to Picton as early as 11am. The reservations staff will confirm the tour content and arrival time upon check in. 


We do offer a 10% discount for Top Ten Card, BBH, YHA and Gold Card Holders. Please contact our office on office@mailboat.co.nz or 03 573 6175 to make a booking - do not book online as you will not receive the discount.