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Marlborough Cruise and Explore to Ship Cove/Meretoto

Marlborough Cruise and Explore to Ship Cove/Meretoto


  • Scenic cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Ship Cove/Meretoto
  • Learn about the early interactions between the local Maori people and European settlers
  • Explore the beach, walk through native bush and see a waterfall

Discover one of Marlborough's most significant and naturally beautiful places during this full day tour. Pack a picnic and cruise into the outer Queen Charlotte Sound, stroll along the beach and native bush to a majestic waterfall and learn about the Maori and European history of Ship Cove/Meretoto.

What's Included?

  • Return water transfers to Ship Cove/Meretoto
  • Onboard commentary

Renowned as one of the first encounters between Maori people and Europeans, and Captain James Cook's favourite anchorage, Ship Cove/Meretoto is a place oozing with rich history. Departing from Picton, you will cruise into the outer Queen Charlotte Sound/Totaranui to this historic place and begin exploring its undeniable beauty. Walk along the beach and through native bush to a picturesque waterfall where you're welcome to enjoy a picnic you packed. You'll discover why Ship Cove/Meretoto was important to both local Maori and European settlers, and learn more about their interactions from interpretive signs. If you're feeling active, embark on a trek along the Queen Charlotte Track to the top of the hill for expansive views of Motuara Island and Resolution Bay. Alternatively, you can be dropped off at Resolution Bay in the morning and walk to Ship Cove/Meretoto from there.

Session Length

  • Please allow 6-8 hours for this experience
  • Departs Oct-Apr at 8am and 10am, May-Sept at 9am


Picnic lunch is not included.


  • 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

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This experience takes place in Marlborough Sounds.

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