Queen Charlotte Track/Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge- Beachcomer Cruises
- Distance: 15 kms
- Approx walk/ride time: 5 hours
- Return trip pick up time: 4-4.30pm
Our adventure will begin as you cruise north from Picton on one of our fleet through the drowned river valleys of the Queen Charlotte Sound and past idyllic bays. As we head towards Ship Cove your skipper will talk about the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area and – if there is time- will get closer to any passing wildlife, including dolphins who like to play in the wake of the boat.
In the 1770s, sheltered Ship Cove provided safe anchorage, food, water and timber for explorer Captain James Cook and his ship crews on five separate occasions and saw some of the earliest sustained contact between Mäori and Europeans.
There is plenty of historical information at Ship Cove before you climb away from the beach through native forest regenerating beneath a high canopy of trees. The forest includes manuka, kanuka, five finger and tree ferns and is home to many native New Zealand bird species: tui, fantails, silvereyes and tomtits. If you stop for a break, a curious weka may come to check you out.
When you reach Tawa Saddle, stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound spread out before you. The track then drops into Resolution Bay and follows an old bridle path into Endeavour Inlet.
Furneaux Lodge at the head of the Endeavor Inlet is your destination. Here you can buy drinks and meals and relax before boarding your cruise vessel at approximately 4-4.30pm for your return to Picton. Arriving back at approximately 5.30-6pm.
EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Meet amazing Marlborough Sounds creatures up close
Touch our rare living dinosaur (Tuatara - can live up to 250 years)
Get close to rescued Little Penguin*, native fish and more
✓conservation in action ✓nature ✓heritage ✓explore & learn ✓family–friendly ✓FUN
Get up close and discover some of the amazing animals that live in our beautiful
Marlborough Sounds. EcoWorld’s knowledgeable staff share with you
outstanding, intimate animal experiences with our animals that have been
rescued, donated or bred by us.
“New Zealand is a Biological Ark. 80% of New Zealand's native species are
found nowhere else on Earth. Most of EcoWorld’s animals come from
the Marlborough Sounds whose nearshore rocky reefs are diverse, capable
of endless surprise, murky, cold and difficult to visit. Rocky reefs are
haven for rare and endangered species which contributes to their fascination
which we share with you.”
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