Cougar Line


84 Rankers Reviews

31 Face-to-Face

18 Hiking Tours

2 Water Taxis

16 Boat Cruises

10 Picton / Marlborough Sounds

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Ship Cove
Dolphins in Queen Charlotte Sound
Views from the Queen Charlotte Track
Our main cruising Catamaran


Voted #1 for seven years running by you, the traveller

Cougar Line are proud winners of the New Zealand wide, Water Taxi category for seven years running (TravellerVoted Awards 2009-2015). This, along with 30 years of experience, ensures your Marlborough Sounds experience will be a memorable one.

Whether you are walking the Queen Charlotte Track or staying in a local resort or private home, we are here to make sure everything goes according to plan.

We look forward to sharing our backyard with you.


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Cougar Line

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South IslandMarlboroughPicton / Marlborough Sounds


  • Hiking Tours
  • Water Taxis
  • Boat Cruises


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Gabrielle Johnston's avatar

Gabrielle Johnston

Ranking: 10/10

Love cruising on the Cougar to get out to the bach. These guys know all the wee bays

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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United States

Ranking: 10/10

Went out with Fred yesterday. The day started out a little drizzly but it finally cleared up. The ride was pretty smooth and very comfortable. Fred was very knowledgeable and gave us a background of the islands as we passed them. Totally enjoyable day. Can't wait to come back again.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sandra Wilson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Went out on cougar lines with Fred. Had the best day stopping off at various places. Dolphins all round the boat. Lovely cruise nicely presented boat and Fred the skipper was great. Thanks cougar line for a wonferfull wedding anniversary experience. I highly recommend them. Sandra.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Perfect that they drive you to every bay on the Queen Charlotte Track. It is not much to do the whole track.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Robyn Hallowell

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great taxi/bag service along the Queen Charlotte track! Bags were dropped exactly where and when they were supposed to. Friendly staff.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Ben and Morgane


Ranking: 9/10

Cruise from Picton to Ship Cove, then walk Queen Charlotte Track from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge where we were picked up by boat, great walk along the coast and the Sounds.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Polly Foster

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We recently cycled the Queen Charlotte Walkway and Cougar Line made our trip much easier and more enjoyable. The booking staff were friendly and informative, as were the staff on the boat. The early morning trip on Queen Charlotte Sound was picture perfect and the skipper first spotted and then stopped the boat so we could watch the dolphins - an amazing experience! The cycle trip was great with beautiful native bush, secluded bays and awesome views! The bag drop service was fantastic and meant an easier trip as only carrying a light day pack. Thanks Cougar Line - we love your part of the world and will be back

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Simon L


Ranking: 10/10

Cougar Lines took care of our transport into and out of Lochmara Bay. They were great; friendly, on-time, fast and shared some interesting commentary of interesting sights along the way.

Reviewed about 8 years ago