Queen Charlotte Track Drop-Off


  • CHEAPEST Transport to Ship Cove
  • Fully Guided Transport with Wildlife and Dolphin stops
  • Experience Marlborough Sounds Wildlife and scenery
  • For Track Walkers only and your Packs
  • Pick Up available at Ships Cove at 1615

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Tour info in brief

1-1.5 Hour
8.00 AM ; 13.30 PM
Pricing: Adult: $50
Child: $40 (5-15)
Infant: $30 (0-4)
Location: 1 Wellington Street Picton
Briefing: 7.45 AM: 1315 PM

No Seasickness Guarantee

About the Tour

We’ll transport you to Ship Cove – the start of the Queen Charlotte Track and give you a FREE Wildlife our on the way:-)

On the way, we’ll give you a guided tour of the Marlborough Sounds, where you’ll experience a huge variety of wildlife you can also upgrade this Drop off to include Motuara Island Wildlife Sanctuary Guided Tour for $30.

You can enjoy the only service that stops for Wildlife, Dolphins, Seals, Seabirds and has Experienced Crew that will inform you about local wildlife and the local area.

The BEST and Cheapest way to start a Walk along the fantastic Queen Charlotte Track.

If you just want to spend a half-day on the Queen Charlotte Track or at Ship Cove then we have the BEST options for you.

This beautiful location which is rich not only in History yet also has lots to do and do then we highly reccomend the below options;

A. Go and see the Waterfall which 1-hour return to Ship Cove.
B. Take a picnic lunch to enjoy at Ship Cove,$20 per person (to Order; info@e-ko.nz )
C. Take a Bottle of Wine to enjoy Ship Cove ambience ( to Order: info@e-ko.nz )
D. Walk the NEW track to School House bay only 6km (Pick up at 1600)
E. Go for a swim at Beautiful School House bay ( we can provide Mask and Snorkel $10)
F. Walk the 15km start of Queen Charlotte Track to Endeavour inlet.

Call us to discuss what would suit you best or just book online and upgrade when you arrive:-)

Kupes pole at Ship Cove Dolphin Watching at E-Ko NZ Fur Seal on rock in Picton Outer sounds islands aerial Weka close up little blue penguins Hectors Dolphin


What to expect

We depart at 8.00 AM from Picton daily (check in at 7.45 AM) and you’ll be greeted by our friendly team – feel free to purchase a coffee from our shop 🙂

Our comfortable vessels and expert team take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul.

On our journey, we’ll be encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way.

Approximately one hour later you’ll arrive at Ship Cove, where your next adventure starts.

Things to Note:

  • We can’t take bikes on our tour.
  • For an extra $10 you can join our guided tour of Motuara Island (a predator-free wildlife sanctuary) – our most popular tour. When we leave the island, we’ll transport you to Ship Cove.
  • For an extra $20 we can pick you up at 4 pm.

What to bring

All your gear for your Queen Charlotte Track experience

Please note our shuttle is for walkers only – we can’t transport bikes 🙂

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Good Walking shoes

Where are we?

We are located conveniently on Picton’s main waterfront with car parking close by and only a 1-minute walk from the main street.

Just look for the Dusky Dolphin outside our shop.

Before your tour starts feel free to take a seat inside the shop or outside on our sun drenched deck and enjoy the stunning views.

Customers can also get online with our free WiFi, and purchase a tea or coffee to enjoy on the deck.

You will Never Miss your Ferry

Our tour schedules are integrated with the Interislander – so there is no chance that you’ll miss your ferry.

What people are saying about us

Fantastic tour 5 STAR

My wife and I have just returned from a half-day tour. We found this company paid attention to every detail, they delivered exactly what was promised, this of course was with the help of very obliging Hectors Dolphins, seals and a large variety of birds. A very informative commentary by Paul and Tania, both very knowledgeable on all things to do with the area and the local wildlife

Best New Zealand boat tour we’ve taken so far 5 Star

Captain Paul and guide Tania were awesome. Our family had such a good time. Of course, it helps that the weather was perfect and the wildlife were feeling cooperative. We saw Australasian gannets, Hector’s dolphins, fluttering shearwaters, a blue penguin, South Island robins (the other Motuara Island birds were shy), and lots of shags, including the rare king shag. The tour was full but “full” meant 30 passengers so it felt pretty intimate. We enjoyed cookies, tea, hot chocolate, mussels (well, I didn’t enjoy them but I don’t like mussels), and local wine on the return trip to the harbor. I would’ve liked a bit more time on Motuara Island, but rules are rules so an hour it was.

We’ve taken multiple boat tours in New Zealand including Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, and Ulva Island. They’ve all been fun but my whole family agrees that this one is our favorite.