Love cruising on the Cougar to get out to the bach. These guys know all the wee bays
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.
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.
Perfect that they drive you to every bay on the Queen Charlotte Track. It is not much to do the whole track.
Great taxi/bag service along the Queen Charlotte track! Bags were dropped exactly where and when they were supposed to. Friendly staff.
Ben and Morgane
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.
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
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.
Nice friendly stuff on the boat and not a very friendly inpatient young lady in the office at harbor/quay :-(
However, despite of her the boat crew is amazing! The captain told many nice things about the area and gave me some advises about the Queen Charlotte track and a free tea/coffee on board made my morning :-) thanks a lot!
Qeen Charlotte Sound. Tay of Cougar Line at the Picton Harbour Shop organised an amazing day out for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the look round bird island followed by the amazing day walk from Ships Cove to Furneau Lodge c15km. Rounded off with a beer or two and an excellent fish chip supper in the evening sun at Furneau Lodge overlooking the Endeavour Bay.
Excellent service, attention to detail, pleasant staff, well maintained boats. Took trips to Bay of Many Coves and to Lochmara lodge, as well as held a large party out in the Sounds for 70 people. All aspects were very successful and well priced.
Friendly service great guides. Good times.
Our family spent a morning with Skipper Fred on a Cougar Line boat from Picton. As we proceeded up Queen Charlotte Sound, we passed an Inter Island ferry arriving from Wellington. Fred showed us the Blue Penguins, and 3 Outward Bound crews in training. After we dropped the walkers off at Ship Cove, we reentered the Sound to be surrounded by many Bottlenosed Dolphins, leaping high out of the water, and following our boat. We took many fabulous photos!
We then delivered goods and travellers' bags at resorts in different coves. We saw NZ fur seals, especially at the salmon farm, and Fred fed the Blue Cod and Spotties....Pet Fish, as he gave us lots of information.
Our grandchildren said the morning was THE BEST!
I had a great day cruise with Cougar Line recently. We were advise to stop and have lunch at Furneau which was great. Pulling into the many bays and inlets was fun and the scenery outstanding. Highly recommended.
Very nice people, good service, departure times on the flyer were wrong.
Sasha and Sandra Bonavia
Very friendly staff and a nice boat.
Awesome trek with beautiful views, water taxi (Cougarline) was friendly.
Fantastic! Our day trip to the Queen Charlotte Sound was definately a highlight of our trip to NZ, as a result of the information given from the helpful and friendly staff of the Cougar Line. Our skipper Fred was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, which aided us in getting the most out of the day trip. Everything was organised very well and we couldn't have asked for a better service. I would without a doubt recommend using the Cougar Line while in Picton.
We had the most AMAZING experience with Cougar Line. We surprised our folks visiting from South Africa with a night at Furneaux Lodge, drove straight there from the airport & they were able to drop us off at the lodge quite late (not a scheduled departure time), but in time for dinner. On the way back the next day, we had the most SPECTACULAR dolphin show for about 15min! It was the most amazing, close up experience, we have ever had. Thank you for making that taxi ride so very memorable for us locals (Nelson) & for our folks from Cape Town. THANK YOU!!!!!!
Just a point of view from a regular passenger, Cougarline is simply the most helpful, friendly and most obliging company to deal with. The service is second to none from the owners and staff, it's easy to see why they are award winners.
Queen Charlotte Track walk. Timing of walks estimated by company was too long so waiting for a long time at the end - also lots of un-advertised stops on ferry back - but otherwise very good.
This company offered great service from the phone call we made the day before to the booking at the office the morning of our trip. The skipper (Fred) was excellent. He provided lots of information, he stopped for us to view dolphins and made sure everyone was picked up after our day of walking. He spent the ride home telling us about wonderful places to visit in NZ that are off the normal tourist route. What a wonderful day. Thank you.
I got the chance to experience the 3 hours cruise & walk on easter week end. The weather was stunning. The skipper was really knowledgeable and even slew down the boat that we could enjoy and take pics of a bunch of Hector Dolphins. The walk was beautiful. I highly recommend this cruise & walk option to anybody who is passing by Picton. This is a must!
Nine other ladies and myself walked the Queen Charlotte Track over 4 days. Cougar Line was efficient
and helpful right from the start with booking confirmation replied to immediately and querries dealt with instantly. The driver, Joni, took us out to Ships Cove telling us stories and points of interest most of the way, thereafter our many bags were transported reliably ahead each day, waiting for us when we walked in every evening. My compliments to the staff for their part in the stunning and efficient experience.
We had a nice ride to Bay of Many Coves and back. It was raining both ways but there's covered cabin as well as outside deck so we didn't have any problem. the skipper was friendly and informative. Highly recommended.
I assisted with the planning of a wonderful wedding this weekend past in the Bay of Many Coves. it was a superb weekend and this in part was due to the organisation and helpfulness of the Cougarline. The majority of the guests were tranposrted in and out by Cougar. Jill and her staff were incredible and when we had issues about getting the bestman to the resort on time they could not have been more helpful. I will be using them again if I am lucky to plan another wedding in the Sounds xxx
We used Cougar Lines to transport guests (and lots and lots and lots of gear, including a very delicate wedding cake, wedding dress, champagne, wine, etc etc) to and from Furneaux Lodge for my daughters wedding in January. Cougar Lines staff went above and beyond the line of duty to minimise the stress that comes with organising a wedding in a remote location. We also booked Cougar Lines for a cruise for guests, lots of whom were from overseas, and again the staff were amazing. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone wanting to receive outstanding friendly service.
We used the Cougar Line to get 75 people to and from Furneaux Lodge for our wedding. We also hired one of there launches for our stag and hens night cruising around Endeavour Inlet.
The whole team went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect and ran smoothly for us.They were more than willing to take our extra luggage for the wedding, which included a 50kg pig and their awesome communication with me prior to the wedding was key to making the whole weekend run as smoothly as it did!
I would definitely recommend them to anyone seeking a professional, friendly water taxi service in the Marlborough Sounds.
Cornelia & Josef
Queen Charlotte Sound walk and cruise. Very flexible drop off and pick up possible. Motuara Island was nice and only very few people but lots of birds.
We hired one of the Cougarline's boats for our wedding in the Malborough Sounds this month. We had an amazing day and the trip was a highlight for our guests, especially the dolphins! The Cougarline team were fantastic both in the preparations leading up to the event and on the day, going the extra mile to make sure everyone had a great experience. Highly recommended.
Michelle and Adam
They were absolutely brillant. The staff were extremely friendly, the service was efficient and the boat was even early coming to pick us up! Would recommend them without a doubt and theyre the only service i would travel with myself.
Family used the Courgarline's "Sounds Adventure" for transport to a wedding ceremony in Ship Cove and some subsequent celebrations.
Fred and Jill were fantastic, Nothing was too much trouble, and everything went totally smoothly.
There was an accident on the boat because they decided to transfer some passengers between boats while in the sound. Very unsafe. No first aid kit on the boat. They did nothing to help until we got to the dock. While the owner did call an ambulance to get needed first aid the owner got angry with us when we told him how unsafe the situation was. He offed no apology or even a discount on our cost. We were lucky it was not worse. The owner was extremely rude and unprofessional.
These guys were great, and provided a flawless service to get us to and from Queen Charlotte Track and move our backpacks every day. All for not a lot.
Thanks to the Cougar Line Team! Had a great trip, got of at Ship Cove to start my 4 days walk of the Queen Charlotte Track. Loved the commentary of the skippers, extremely helpful with my luggage, even dropped me of at the Interislander ferry terminal on my last day to avoid me walking the distance. After being on the track for a few days I enjoyed the clean and cosy boat and the complimentary tea offered. Would I recommend them? Of course, super friendly and great service, cheers!
Didn't explain re:travel cost between lodges. Otherwise very helpful. Need to carry medication for wasp sting on boat, none avaliable after being stung and none of the lodges could help with medication.
Brian & Di
Their 'Sounds Delivery Cruise' was a good trip marred by bad weather when we went. However it was interesting to see how they deliver goods, people to lodges, walkers and even a wedding party complete with a band to coves and communities along the sounds. No wildlife seen.
To and from Queen Charlotte Track. No problems with changing itinerary.
Great time thanks you. Nice walk Ships Coves to Furno Lodge. Good service everywhere. I had a really good day. Cool skipper comentary to.
Started late and the pick up was also 30min late.
Used whilst walking Queen Charlotte Track, very good, good time keeping.
Friendly and patient information, good service bringinig luddage and passengers from jetty to jetty.
+ Free tea and coffee on return trip, early start, YHA discount.
- After walk pick up not on time, too expensive, little value for money (transport only $75).
No doubt that i recommend Cougar Line !Cruising with them was awesome. I did appreciate the crew (friendly and pationate people, interesting comments...). Also the boat was nice and comfortable, what a nice way to discover the Marlborough Sounds :)
Enjoyed a great trip from Picton to Endeavour Resort on Cougar Line.Friendly and helpful staff both at the ticket office,over the phone and on the boat.Very informative commentary on board (even for someone who has been to the Marlborough Sounds many times). Would highly recommend using Cougar to get to any of the Sounds properties.
Helpful, quick, inexpensive transport via water taxi in Marlborough Sound area.
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and go out of their way to make the experience memorable. We spotted dolphins and wandered over for a closer look. Magic!
Highly Recommended. Our trip with Cougar line was top class. The scenery was beautiful and we had a great weekend relaxing in the Marlborough Sounds.
Thank you Cougar line! How easy and enjoyable you made it all! Your experience shows in the smooth operation you have running - boats were clean and comfortable, timing was efficient, knowledgeable and friendly staff who clearly have passion for what they do and to top it off.....local wine was available to purchase to help celebrate the achievements on the journey back to Picton. Bliss! One very professional company who I will be recommending to everyone!
The staff were fantastic, really knew what they were talking about and very personable.
The trip itself was beautiful and the boat staff answered my many questions about the area with ease.
I spent a wonderful day with the Cougarline, starting with the very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable office staff. Going out on the boat was really cool. The captain told us all about the area as he took us to the trailhead and really seemed to love his job. The hike was amazing. I couldn't believe the color of the water, sky and trees. It was over too soon and the boat picked us up to go back to Picton Wharf. I would absolutely do this again!
Service by the boat captains we met was outstanding! They were friendly, very helpful, and all seemed to love their job. They are very knowledgeable about the Marlborough Sounds waterways. The staff in the office were also great!
Great & friendly, wonderful area.
What an awesome day. Starting at 8:00am by ship from Picton to Ship Cove. Hiking/walking was very interesting. Pick up at Endeavour Inlet at 3pm. Got free dolphin watching on the way back to Picton. Arriving at 4:30pm. Excellent.
The bird sanctuary tour was great. We had a great dolphin encounter on our trip to Motaura Island where we spent a wonderful 2 hours watching the birds. The staff was very friendly and it was definately more than a water taxi ride, it was more like a guided cruise through the Marlborough Islands. Would definately do a trip from them again.
Transfer Queen Charlotte track.
Day out on Charlotte Sand fantastic mix boat and walking as you want.
Wow what an amazing experience and place. Couger line made us feel so welcome and were very helpful. I would recommend that you try them. When you get a good experience at the beginning of your trip it makes the rest worth while.
Living locally I have travelled with Cougar Line many times and could never fault their service. Always helpful, cheerful and professional.I would highly reccommend this company for your transport needs in the Marlborough Sounds.
The great sevice just enhances further the wonderful experience of being in the sounds. There is nothing quite like feleling totally safe and confortable while exploring this beautiful place This is a top class service and I would use it again anytime and always recommend it to people heading up to the sounds !!! Well done Cougar Line
If only all transport services were so professional and efficient. The saying a holiday that starts well ends well certainly applied to cougar line.
On arrival we were greeted by friendly staff who took care of our luggage and had us aboard the very clean and comfortable boat. We were soon powering our way through the malborough sounds to the start of the Queen Charlotte track, enjoying the commentary and wonderful scenery along the way and a welcome sight to see them at the end of the walk to take us home. All too easy.
A Fantastic experience, We could not fault the efficiency and speed of the operation.Staff were friendly and more than helpful.We would have no hesitation in telling all our friends tobook with this company. Value for money we felt.
Wow what an amazing organisation so friendly and helpful right from the outset. Fantastic new office overlooking the harbour with staff who really know their stuff. Great advice before leaving and then the boat trip was wonderful-a chance to see the Sounds on our way to the start of the track. We loved the informative commentary given by the Skipper and couldn't fault the service. Well done Cougar Line
Fantastic trip , wet day but their new premises and staff ensured a great experience from start to finish. Tons of space for clients around the booking office and pier and the boat trip skipper and commentary all good fun with scenery to match
Proper and friendly service! we enjoyed it!
I was a bit nervous about getting lost walking along the Queen Charlotte Track but your crew re-assured me i'd be fine. They are very informative and give an excellent service. It's nice to know, that if i ever want to do the whole track, stopping over in accomodation, they will provide an excellent service dropping my gear off, saves me carrying it. It's such a great idea and superbly delivered by informative and friendly staff.
Absolutely brilliant service from the initial enquiry through to delivering our bags to Anakiwa about 1/2 an hour after we finshed our ride. Staff were freindly and helpful. We just basically told them what we wanted to do and they said, "Sure, we can do that." Highly recommended. Thanks
Very friendly and helpful - excellent to have option to stay on the boat for the entire length of the sounds. Great value for money.
We really enjoyed the track from Resolution Bay to Fernaux Lodge - it is definitely the best walk we have done since being in New Zealand. It's not too long... just right. The boat trip there and back was very organised and efficient, the views are stunning. Would strongly recommend it!!!
(The) Captain Fred and( his cabinboy) Lukie were very helpful at all times. Fred pointed out and named all the islands, the local facts of interest and history. Lukie helped us all on and off the boat with our luggage and with a genuine big smile. The office staff were very informative and helpful too. They all certainly make our holiday one to remember. thankyou very much COUGARLINE NZ be sure we WILL visit again.. Penny and Ray Hoyle
This is a great company,they are well organised and the staff are a great help,The tours are great fun and very informative.This is gret value for money and would definatly do this again.:)
Brilliant.. The Marlborough Sounds is so beautiful. I did the Queen Charlotte Track with Cougar Line and they were amazing. Thank you so much
Very well organised and professional service provided. Definitely recommend to anyone thinking of doing the Queen Charlotte Track.
Don't miss the private made fotograph about wild animals in the Queen Charlotte sound from the captain...
Great service. We were allowed to go on an earlier boat. (We stayed at Mahana Homestead during the walk and this was really paradise!)
Excellent service providing pack and bike transport to overnight stops on the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Full of good advice.
Not as good value for money but well organised.
Bags transferred safely. Easily booked, good staff. All on time.
Doing the job they are supposed to do, picking up luggage and dropping it off. Nice and helpful staff.