Ship Cove, Dolphin and Wine Tour


  • Historical Ships Cove
  • No Seasickness Guaranteed
  • Dolphins and Seals possible
  • Seabirds and Landbirds
  • Guided Tour option

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Tour info in brief

4 hours
0800 : 1.30 PM
Pricing: Adult: $129 (16+ years)
Child: $65 (5 – 15 years)
Infant: $30 (0 – 4 years)
Location: 1 Wellington Street , Picton
Briefing: 0745 :1.15 PM

No Seasickness Guarantee

About the Tour

Cruise the length of the calm and sheltered Queen Charlotte Sound.

Cruise to Ship Cove and see where Captain Cook spent 171 days, he wrote this was the most beautiful place in the Pacific.

On the way stop with Seals, Dolphins, Seabirds and enjoy our qualified Guide and Captain commentary.

On the return enjoy a glass of Yealands award-winning Pinot Gris and Sealords mussels.

What to expect

Experience and learn about playful dolphins (90% encounter rate), fur seals and amazing seabirds before landing at historic Ship Cove where Captain Cook first made landfall on the South Island of New Zealand.

After being welcomed ashore by the cheeky resident Wekas, Oyster Catchers and Paradise Shelducks, you’ll spend approximately 35 minutes enjoying the untouched native forest, fascinating history and breathtaking scenery.

Spectacular views of Motuara Island and the open ocean in Cook Strait will leave you speechless.

After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies as we cruise back to Picton.

You’ll also enjoy a free sample of Yealands award-winning local wine and Sealord’s local mussels. Yes – Wine and Seafood on the way home! Enjoy 🙂

Free Independent Travellers

This tour is a variation on our Motuara Wildlife Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Cruise.

Instead of getting off on Motuara island, you’ll wait for those passengers to disembark, then the skipper will take you over to Ship Cove.

Once you return to the boat, we’ll pick up the passengers on Motuara, and return together.

Please note that the on land part of this tour is partly guided by the Captain onboard.

Groups with over 10 Travellers

This is an excellent tour for a group that wants to experience scenery, wildlife, history, dolphins, wine and seafood.

We can accommodate 30 on 1 vessel and 20 on the second. All group bookings are fully guided by the best guides in Picton.

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

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

“Awesome tour!”

FACEBOOK – 5 Star *****

Awesome tour! Nice boat, great skipper, and guide.
Both know a lot about the area and about the wildlife.

Enthusiastic and fun! Spotted dolphins within the first 20 minutes and was a great experience! ? Thanks so much, guys, would definitely recommend you to all people visiting NZ!

“Great value”

Trip Advisor – 5 Star *****

Small group of people on the boat and the whole experience was extremely well done. We saw amazing bird and sea life.

“Amazing Tour!”

Facebook –5 Star *****

Amazing tour! awesome team! Just a really lovely experience! boom!