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Experience the remote beauty of the Outer Queen Charlotte Sound on this unique one day guided kayak trip. After a relaxed boat ride from Picton or Sounds accommodation places, this tour begins at historic Ship Cove in the far reaches of the Queen Charlotte Sound and explores the nearby bays and coves before returning by water taxi to Picton. History and wildlife abounds here - and you can learn all about it from our knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides.

Meet at our office at 8.30am, time for a spot of paperwork and then we depart on the water taxi to Ship Cove. Arrival time to Ship Cove is approximately 10am. This scenic and historic reserve is one of the Sounds' - and New Zealand's - most special historic spots. Remote, a tad wild and beautiful, the bays and coves nearby offer an extraordinary kayaking experience.

Your guide will be with you for the day to answer questions, share pearls of wisdom and ensure your comfort and wellbeing. Depending on the weather, we will vary our route each day to take advantage of sea breezes at our back - this one day guided kayak is in a remote area and good weather conditions are essential for the trip to depart. We are, however, able to tailor the trip route to plan for different conditions.

On any given day, you have a good chance of seeing a huge variety of sea birds including cormorants and sometimes little blue penguins, seals, huge starfish and even dolphins.

And, don't forget lunch - we love our food and you'll be impressed at what goodies we can produce from out of the kayaks! We often stop at nearby Cannibal Cove, at the outer limit for kayakers in the Marlborough Sounds.

As our paddle draws to a close, we return to Ship Cove by 3pm and catch the world-famous Mail Run with Beachcomber Cruises home to Picton, stopping at a variety of bays as the boat delivers and collects supplies, mail and people in this fascinating glimpse of Sounds life. Time to reflect a remarkable day in a part of the Marlborough Sounds not often accessed by kayak. Return time to Picton is approximately 5.30pm.

Kayak Route Map



TOUR TIMES: 8.30am to 6pm

Approx Return to Picton time: 5.30pm

Minimum number of persons: 2


$375NZ per person

If you are a solo traveller please contact us to check if we have a trip departing as we often have trips with other kayakers you can join. Contact us direct for specials.


We supply double kayaks, PFDs (lifejackets), splash jackets, booties, spray decks and dry bags (including for your camera). Lunch, guide and boat cruise to/from Ship Cove also included.

Call us on +64 3 5735432. Freephone (NZ only): 0800 266 266
Freephone (Aus only): 1800 281 827
Or drop us a line at [email protected]

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