Family-friendly | Get amongst nature | Morning cruise

Sounds Nature Cruise

Morning Cruise
$75 (Over 16 years)
$40 (5-15 years)
Free (0-4 years)

Includes: Bagel with salmon and cream cheese or jam and cream cheese | Tea, coffee or hot chocolate

Join the Sounds Nature Cruise to explore some of the most beautiful and fascinating spots in Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui close to Picton, perfect for the whole family.

Departing Picton on our premium catamaran, the cruise visits Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’ll have time to walk the easy 2.7km loop track, checking the little blue penguin/kororā nesting boxes along the way. Spot the rich native birdlife and soak in the views.

You’ll have the opportunity to get up close to Allports/Motu Ngarara Island, covered in nearly a century of regenerating native bush, and learn about its fascinating history, which included regular police raids in search of an illicit whiskey still.

Cruising across the calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, we’ll stop at the sheltered Double Cove marine reserve to feed the resident tame fish, with a backdrop of stunning native bush.

The cruise also includes a bagel with your choice of delicious Marlborough Regal salmon and cream cheese, or jam.

Green native bush full of ponga ferns meets the blue/green water of the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island.
Green native bush full of ponga ferns meets the blue/green water of the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island.

About the locations

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique community project to restore a 40-hectare mainland island in Picton harbour, accessible by boat. Once a food collection site for Maori, Kaipupu translates from ‘kai’ meaning food and ‘pupu’ a type of shellfish. 

Allports/Motu Ngarara Island was once leased by Thomas Allport, who owned Panama House in Picton, and who was suspected of having an illegal whiskey still, later found in the chimney of his home. The island also supported an angora goat breeding programme.

Double Cove is a protected fishing area and has tame fish, fed regularly.

Learn more about the Marlborough Sounds

Hear what others are saying...

Two small green islands in the Marlborough Sounds, a paradise for exploring, at the top of New Zealand's South Island.

Went on this trip this morning. It was EXCELLENT. Recommend this over the school holidays. Very knowledgeable staff and saw native birds, blue penguins, seals, jellyfish by the 100's, fed the blue cod and had a tour around Allports Is. before heading back to Picton. Thoroughly recommend. Even enjoyed the boat which was super smooth!

Caroline S.