It's an easy 10 minute stroll to many excellent cafes, restaurants and shops with something for everyone's tastes.

Nearby there are bush walking tracks and a Youth Skate Board Park, Rugby Field, and Cricket Pitch/Soccer Field, and a Bowling Green.

On one side there is the inter-island ferry terminal and on the other cruise and tour boats ready to take passengers to explore the magical waterways of the Marlborough Sounds.

The Picton foreshore has a paved boulevard, a sandy beach, Kiwi golf, a children's playground and at weekends mini yachts and a model ride on railway all framed by majestic Phoenix palm trees.

The historic Edwin Fox provides an interesting insight into maritime history and Seahorse World exhibits the local sea life and various species of Seahorse. 

From Picton you can access the Sounds waterways to enjoy activities such as dolphin watching, fishing, kayaking and bush walking, jet skiing and paragliding.

Hire a boat for the day, or take one of the many scheduled cruises and explore the pristine beauty and tranquility of the Queen Charlotte Sound's many bays and beaches.

Walk through the native bush enjoying the New Zealand birdlife and spectacular vistas. Or simply relax in the sunshine outside your motel apartment with a cool drink - you're on holiday!

Discover Queen Charlotte Sound with Cougar Line Cruises 

Cougar Line, Marlborough Sounds premier water transport company, has over 21 years experience transporting people and goods to and from the Queen Charlotte track, resorts and private homes along the Marlborough Sounds.

Take a boat cruise, spot some wildlife and enjoy a walk on the Queen Charlotte Track with a day trip in the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound.

The beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound is located in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of the South Island. Made up of myriad quiet bays and surrounded by lush native bush, Queen Charlotte Sound is known for its great scenery, excellent wildlife, boating opportunities and the famous Queen Charlotte Track.

You can explore this amazing area with a day trip incorporating the best that Queen Charlotte Sound has to offer!

Five Hour Cruise n Walk Trip: Enjoy a morning cruise across the Sound from Picton. As you glide along the glassy water, keep an eye out for the dolphins, seals and penguins that frequent this area. Arriving at historic Ship Cove you have several hours to guide yourself along the Queen Charlotte Track, through magnificent virgin forest, up to the ridgeline for breathtaking views. Descend to Endeavour Inlet for a refreshment or meal in the sunshine before your return cruise to Picton.

Walking distance:15km Total trip time:8.5 hours in summer; 7.5 hours in winter Highlights:The views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay

Four Hour Cruise n Walk Trip: Following your scenic cruise from Picton, your walk starts at historic Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet. As you make your way around the beautiful shoreline to Punga Cove Resort for your pick-up, stop to enjoy the abundant punga trees and the melodic call of the bellbird. Again, you'll have time to enjoy a refreshment at Punga Cove Resort before your ride back to Picton.

Walking distance:12.7km Total trip time:8.5 hours in summer; 7.5 hours in winter Highlights:The swing bridge and picturesque punga trees

Three Hour Cruise n Walk Trip: From your drop-off point in Resolution Bay, this option offers a gentle walk suitable for families, around to neighbouring Endeavour Inlet. Traverse native bush, over a low saddle and downwards, along the shoreline to historic Furneaux Lodge. Enjoy lunch at the lodge followed by a meander to an enchanting waterfall. Finally, relax on your return cruise to Picton.

Walking distance:10.5km Total trip time: 6.5 hours in summer; 7.5 hours in winter Highlights:The photo opportunities from the saddle, and the ancient beech forest

Two Hour Cruise n Walk Trip: Following your morning cruise, you'll be dropped at Ship Cove for an ascent up through native forest to the ridge. Here, there's plenty of time to stop and enjoy the panoramic views of the area's bays and islands before descending into remote Resolution Bay in time for your boat ride back to Picton.

Walking distance:14.5km Total trip time:6.5 hours in summer; 7.5 hours in winter Highlights:The views from the lookout - see if you can spot Moutuara Island.

1 Hour Cruise n Walk Trip: Spend time exploring the area around historic Furneaux Lodge in Endeavour Inlet. Enjoy the short one hour walk through ancient, towering beech forest to the nearby waterfall. A great option for families! Furneaux Lodge offers a great lunch menu and lots of space to relax outside before your cruise back to Picton.

Walking distance:1km Total trip time:6.5 hours in summer; 7.5 hours in winter Highlights:The enchanting waterfall!

Half Day Cruise n Walk Trip: Take a short walk on the last leg of the Queen Charlotte Track. Your boat will drop you at Mistletoe Bay where you'll venture through farmland, native beech forest and past sandy beaches on your way to Anakiwa - the end point of the Queen Charlotte Track, or to Lochmara Lodge. Relax on your afternoon cruise back to Picton.

Walking Distance:12.5km Total trip time:5 hours Highlights:The views of Onahau Bay from the saddle.

Contact Cougar Line for more information or to book your Queen Charlotte Sound day trip.

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