Marlborough Sounds Discovery Cruise

Year round, departing Wellington: Relax and discover the Marlborough Sounds on this intimate 3hr catamaran cruise around one of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful regions.

The Marlborough Sounds Discovery Cruise is a magnificent Wellington day out that takes you across Cook Strait and into the heart of New Zealand's most remote and beautiful wildernesses


Take a voyage of discovery amongst the beautiful Marlborough Sounds!

The extraordinary natural beauty and vast extent of the Marlborough Sounds is best appreciated from the water - and the closer you get to the water, the more enchanting it gets!

On this relaxing voyage of discovery, you will catch the morning Interislander ferry across Cook Strait to Picton. There, you will meet with our partners Cougar Lines for an intimate cruise around some of New Zealand's most beautiful coves, inlets and bays, along the intricate, sheltered coastline of the Marlborough Sounds.

Highlights of the voyage include: dolphin, seal, and penguin spotting; Endeavour Inlet; and the breathtaking Bay of Many Coves.

You will also experience a wonderful insight into New Zealand's rural life, as your Cougar Lines cruise completes the postal run for this remote region, which has no roads! 

During your 3hr cruise on Cougar Lines stylish 16.5m catamaran, your host will help you spot wildlife and points of interest and provide an excellent commentary to expand your knowledge.

Check out this Videoto find out more about Cougar Lines.



  • Adult: From $186 per adult
  • Child: From $97 per child
  • Infant: No charge for infants





08:15 am

Arrive at the Interislander terminal for check-in.

09:00 am

Depart Wellington on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry.

12:30 pm

Arrive in Picton and enjoy the scenic stroll around the foreshore to the Cougar Lines office in Picton Marina.

1:15 pm

Check-in at Cougar Lines offices.

Your Cougar Lines tour will set sail at 1.30pm, taking you up the Queen Charlotte Sound on a 3hr journey of discovery.

4:30 pm

Your Cougar Line tour will end back at Picton Marina in plenty of time for you to stroll back to the Interislander terminal via the shops and restaurants that overlook the sea.

6:00 pm

Check in for your return sailing to Wellington.

6:45 pm

Depart from Picton on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry

9:55 pm

Arrive in Wellington.

 To ensure you are well prepared to enjoy this amazing day out, please bring with you the following:

Things to bring

  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A warm sweater

 Please note: Lunch is not included on the tour and we recommend you eat during your Interislander ferry journey.