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We had a superb trip on the 09.00 to 12.30 Marlborough Sounds Cruise with a very enlightening and interesting live commentary on one of the family owned and run Beachcomber Cruise boats.
Setting off from Picton, we went up through Queen Charlotte Sound and had a fabulous experience of seeing a group of dolphins following our boat leaping into the air as they playfully kept up with us. Seeing them enjoying being alongside our boat in their natural habitat without having been taught to do so was pure magic which will stay in our memory for a long time.
We also saw a seal sunbathing on a rock before visiting Ship Cove where we spent about 30 minutes giving us time to reflect on the historical landing by Captain James Cook in 1770. Its a lovely spot no wonder Captain Cook returned here another four times between 1770 and 1777.
The Maori wood carvings and the Captain Cook memorial are fascinating and we saw a flightless Waka bird.
On our return to Picton we also made a drop off/ pick up at Punga Cove Resort and Furneaux Lodge.
The whole experience was brilliant and the boat had complimentary coffee and tea on board to which we could help ourselves.
The entire trip, which we booked via Viator before leaving the UK, was a pure joy and we have no hesitation in recommending Beachcomber Cruises.
A perfect day, tasting beautiful wines with an amazing hoast Dean.
Excellent way to visit the small coves and travel around the Sound. The boat has refreshments and our Captain gave a good commentary.
We had the full trip which included a stop at the cove where Captain Cook first anchored Endeavor. This was a lovely surprise and we saw the memorial . We had fine weather so sat on the upper deck and enjoyed the breeze and sunshine.
Wonderful trip on Marlborough Sound ,interesting, well informed commentary. Excellent vessel with tea and coffee stop at Ships Cove where Captain Cook landed. Stops also at various lodges on the Queen Charlotte walking track.
Stan K United States of ...
Spectacular, breathtaking scenery, interesting commentary. We'd do this again and again if we could. Spectacular views everywhere you look.
Highly recommend this operator. Friendly efficient and professional. Comfortable vessel and good value for money. The ships cove trip gives a good overall intro to the Queen Charlotte Sound area in comfort and convenience. Recomend staying at the Beachcomber motel/hotel about 100 meters from the wharf.
The skipper was very helpful, friendly and informative.
Had a great time going around to various stops dropping and picking up people out on a trek. The weather was cold and miserable. The longer stop at Cook's Cove made us chose the morning versus the afternoon tour. It was a pretty beach.
A pretty cruise tour withGreat tour. Our guide was fantastic and took us to beautiful spots all around the harbour while explaining everything in great detail. Got to see a lot of beautiful animals!
Nice cruising tour, unfortunately the weather was not that good. We were one of the very few people aboard, if there are more people on the boat the athmosphere may be less relaxing. Even in the bad weather, amazing nature!
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