For those who want a taste of what the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds has to offer but have limited time, join our overnight guided tour to explore our own true marine gem Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve and the Cape Jackson Peninsula
Travel in Captain Cooks "boat wake" from Ship Cove to Cape Jackson peninsula for the night. Our home, and home of Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park.
Journey through some of the most deserted and exposed landscape in the area with a ringing back ground of bird call and commune with the animal and marine life that calls the Marlborough Sounds their home.
Early afternoon will find you on the Picton waterfront where you will board a vessel for a comfortable and informative cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove, arriving mid afternoon. 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. Then board our boat for the journey to our destination and accommodation, Anakakata Lodge, a 100 year old homestead on the Cape Jackson peninsula.
Arrive at the lodge in time to enjoy a 3 course 'wilderness' dinner and relaxing evening with perhaps an independent penguin spotting tour to finish off the day.
Early morning will find you with a choice, to take it easy at the lodge or to set out on foot to explore a part of the Cape Jackson peninsula and its many views and attractions along the way. The well formed track up to the top of the peninsula meanders through newly regenerating bush where at the top there is a great 360 degree view of the sounds and a chance to see a spectacular sunrise. Enjoy looking out over the spectacular inlet of Port Gore, now designated as an outstanding landscape, and view the outer western islands of Stevens and Durville.
Later in the morning, after a spot of breakfast, board our boat to explore the Long Island Kokomohua Marine Reserve following extreme coastlines of rocky, weather formed, cliff faces learning about its history and wildlife. We will also learn about Long Islands past, present and future. 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 bathescopes.
Todays trip exposes us to the values of looking after our environment and how we can preserve these valuable resources.
The afternoon will find you back on our boat destined for Ship Cove and your return to Picton via the western shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound, aiming to catch a last glimpse of any wildlife we may have missed. 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 Overnight Tour
$540NZ per person child rate $350NZ per person
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Minimum of two 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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