Ferry Transportation and Getting Here

Ferry Transportation - Bay of Many Coves Resort, Marlborough Sounds, NZ

CougarLine Timetable

May 1 - September 30
Depart Picton:

9:00am and 1:30pm (plus 5:30pm on Fridays)

Depart BOMC:

11:15am and 3:45pm


October 1 - November 30
Depart Picton:

8:00am, 10:00am and 1:30pm (plus 5:30pm on Fridays)

Depart BOMC:

10:15am, 12:15pm and 3:45pm


December 1 - April 30
Depart Picton:

8:00am, 10:00am, 1:30pm and 6:00pm

Depart BOMC:

10:15am, 12:15pm and 3:45pm

Perfect seclusion, yet so easy to reach

It begins with a journey through some of New Zealand’s finest scenery and an easy cruise across a sheltered bay. While we offer a very special secluded and pristine environment with no roads in or out, getting here is quite simple and very enjoyable. We are within easy reach of all international entry points, so wherever you are coming from we are never very far away.

 

From WELLINGTON you can:
  • Fly to Picton in 25 minutes and take a 30 minute water taxi cruise out to the Bay of Many Coves
  • Fly direct into the Bay of Many Coves in 20 minutes by helicopter
  • Take the Interisland ferry from Wellington to Picton (3 hours) and a 30 minute water taxi cruise to Bay of Many Coves

 

From CHRISTCHURCH you can:
  • Take the scenic Coastal Train service from Christchurch to Picton and then a 30 minute water taxi to Bay of Many Coves
  • Self drive to Picton, park in our car park close to the water taxi terminal, then take a 30 minute water taxi to Bay of Many Coves

 

Fly from AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON OR CHRISTCHURCH direct to BLENHEIM and either:
  • Take a helicopter out to Bay of Many Coves (20 minutes)
  • Take a shuttle, taxi or limousine to Picton followed by a water taxi cruise to Bay of Many Coves

 

There is a choice of water taxi companies although we recommend Cougar Line. You also have the option of taking a scenic floatplane to Bay of Many Coves from Picton Harbour or Porirua Harbour just north of Wellington. For further options we are very happy to provide you with advice – simply contact our General Manager, Pip Goodhew This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Public Ferry

Two companies offer daily ferry services between Wellington and Picton with regular schedules, linking New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The scenic cruise across Cook Strait takes approximately 3 hours with vessels carrying both passengers and vehicles. From the ferry terminal at Picton, catch the Cougarline water taxi to the resort.


Charter boat

Options abound for private transfers from Picton to the Resort. Classic launches, sailing yachts, private water taxis are all available.


Private boat

Arrive in your own boat and make use of our 8 private moorings right in front of the resort. All moorings are secure 3 tonne blocks and the resort is well sheltered from the prevailing winds. Our Resort tender will deliver you to and from your vessel and we are contactable on VHF channel 63.

 
Sounds Air (www.soundsair.com)

Sounds Air from Wellington – fly into Picton Koromiko airport. Sounds Air has a shuttle van which will deliver you to Picton Harbour for a small fee with an approx 10 mins transfer time. From Picton take the Cougarline water taxi directly to the resort.


Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.co.nz)

Air New Zealand has regular scheduled flights into Blenheim – just 30 mins by road through to Picton. We can arrange for shuttles or private car transfers between the airport and Picton harbour. From Picton take the Cougarline water taxi directly to the resort.


Picton Floatplane (www.nz-scenic-flights.co.nz)

Land right on the sea in front of the Resort! The Picton Floatplane operates out of Picton and Porirua Harbour near Wellington as well as between the Resort and Abel Tasman region.

 

Arrive on our doorstep at the Resort helipad. Fly to and from Wellington or within the Nelson/Tasman and Marlborough regions. The vast and intriguing coastline that comprises the Marlborough Sounds can be fully appreciated from above. Look out for those pods of Dolphin or Orca!


Helicopter Operators:
 
Tranz Scenic (www.tranzscenic.co.nz)

From the South, just 4.5 hours drive from Christchurch to Picton or take the tranz-coastal train, which travels daily between Christchurch and Picton via the picturesque Kaikoura coast. From Picton take the Cougarline water taxi directly to the resort.


Parking in Picton

Short and long term parking is available in Picton at the council carpark between the Cougar Line office and the Mercure Yacht Club Hotel.

 
Queen Charlotte Track (www.qctrack.co.nz)

The Resort is accessible from the Queen Charlotte Track. Just a 2-hour hike from either end reaches the resort. The 71km Queen Charlotte track is renowned for its stunning views, historical landmarks and wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife. The access track is steep but affords stunning views along the way (not recommended after heavy rains). Additionally, water taxis access various points and all other accommodation providers for easy transfers along the Queen Charlotte Walkway.