Uncharted Wilderness Tours

Guided Wilderness tours in the Marlborough Sounds NZ

True Marine Reserve and Wildlife Day Tour

Motuara Island

For those who want a taste of what the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds has to offer but have limited time, join our guided day tour to explore Ship Cove and our own true marine gem, Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve.


Early morning will find you on the Picton waterfront where you will Ship Coveboard a vessel for a comfortable and informative cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove, arriving mid morning. Here you will meet your guide and take a leisurely walk to Ship Cove waterfall, enjoying coastal bush at its finest. Learn how Captain Cook utilised this waterfall and its pristine water quality. Return to Cooks monument and absorb the raw beauty of this historic area.

Late morning board our boat to explore the Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve following Long Island Kokomohua Marine ReserveMarine lifeextreme coastlines of rocky, weather formed, cliff faces learning about its history and wildlife. You will then have the opportunity to visit and picnic on the islands beach. We can also explore beyond the waters edge into the wonderful world of the marine life with a swim, snorkel or by using our onboard Bathoscope viewingbathescopes.

On our return to Ship Cove we will cruise the coastline of Motuara Island bird sanctuary and learn about Motuara Islands past, present and future. Enjoy a view of some of our local seabirds such as the pied shags and their elaborately constructed nests in the trees, reef herons and little blue penguins.

Todays trip exposes us to the values of looking after our environment and how we can preserve these valuable resources. 

Mid afternoon will find you back at Ship Cove and ready for your return to Picton. We will meet the boat here for the return journey through parts of the sounds that you didn’t get to see on your way out. This includes the coastal home of the famous inner Queen Charlotte Track. This return cruise offers you a relaxing time to reflect on your adventure with us before completing your journey and arriving in Picton at approximately 5.30pm.


True Marine Reserve and Wildlife Day Tour 

$180NZ per person       child rate $120NZ per person


  • Water transport to and from Picton
  • Water transport between Ship Cove and Long Island Marine Reserve
  • Knowledgable and friendly guide to help you enjoy your day to the fullest

Please enquire for booking availability and times

Minimum of four persons applies to all tours. Subject to availability and weather.

Prices are valid to 30 June 2019 but are subject to change.

Prices $NZ and include NZ Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Child rates – up to 12 years.

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