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Early Bird Eco Cruise provided by Cougar Line

Early Bird Eco Cruise

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2 adults
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No Booking Fees
Important Information
  • Live commentary on board
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase on some cruises)
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Additional Info
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late arrival
  • The duration of activity is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and weather conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately - rain jacket and walking shoes required
  • If, in the very rare event that this activity is canceled due to extreme weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • PLEASE NOTE: There are lavatories available for use on the boat, but not on the island.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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bushell278 wrote a review Feb 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Cougar Lines are a great operator with excellent staff. This was a wonderful way to see the Queen Charlotte sound en route to visiting Motuara Island bird sanctuary. The chance to extend the trip by incorporating a 3 hour stop at Punga Cove where we had lunch and a swim for no
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Early Bird Eco Cruise
Responded 27 Feb 2020
Hi bushell278, thank you so much for your awesome review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your tour out to beautiful Motuara Island and your time at Punga Cove - what a perfect day out. We hope to see you back again soon!
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BobnBean wrote a review Feb 2020
Meservey, Iowa5 contributions1 helpful vote
Cougar Line boat cruise through the Sounds was delightful. The 2 hour stop at Motuara Island was wonderful. The hike was beautiful, the scenery amazing. We saw many birds and enjoyed info from serious bird watchers on the cruise. General info on the area was shared by the
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Early Bird Eco Cruise
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Hi BobnBean, thanks for taking the time to share your review. We're thrilled you had such a great day out in the Marlborough Sounds, that the birds were out to be seen and that the commentary was just right - always good to know! We hope you'll come back to see us again soon.
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mortybee wrote a review Mar 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Fantastic trip out to Motuara Island, boat left early so we had plenty of time to explore the island and experience the amazing wildlife. Fantastic views and lovely wee walk. Then caught the boat to Ferneaux for yummy lunch and another boat home. All boat trips were great and
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Date of experience: March 2019
Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Early Bird Eco Cruise
Responded 2 Dec 2019
Hi mortybee, a big thanks for your great review. We’re chuffed that you enjoyed your trip to Motuara Island and Furneaux Lodge lunch. We look forward to seeing you back soon!
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This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

By: Cougar Line
Walk Queen Charlotte
Great company , staff friendly, the transfer of bags a great service though I do fear the staff lifting all the bag
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Professional, knowledgeable and friendly
Excellent pre, during and post service. Friendly and helpful staff from enquiry to conclusion. Would definitely tra
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Queen Charlotte Track walk
These guys are simply great. From the online booking system to the great service the Cougar Line water taxi service
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Reliable, On-Time Transfer while doing the Queen Charlotte Track
We used the Cougar Line service during our Queen Charlotte Track over 5 days. At 98 NZD per person, it offers grea
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Perfect way to travel and explore the Sounds
We had a day to explore the Queen Charlotte Sound and decided to walk from Ship Cove to Furneaux Lodge. Cougar Line
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Amazing, Highly Recommend
While on an Ovation of the Seas Cruise in October last year we booked a tour for our one day in Picton NZ. We chose
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Super friendly and helpful, from check in, to loading our bags on and off the boat it was all typical laid back, fr
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Andrew C
Wonderful wonderful wonderful
A very pleasant ferry out to do the Ship Cove to Furneax Lodge - a now 17km walk as some of the track has been re-d
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Worth it for sure
Went with a whole bunch of tourists to walk the magical queen Charlotte track ,Everytime I do it I wish I could jus
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Taxi to Bay of Many Coves
Needed a ride to Bay of Many Coves so used Cougar Line to take us there. We arrived early but Michelle ensured that
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Wonderful Views
Wow what a great day. The boat ride through Queen Charlotte Sound was amazing and then I was dropped at Resolution
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Love Cougar!
Used their transfer service and luggage transfer service for the Queen Charlotte track and I can not recommend them
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Great walk but boat timings need a review.
The walk and the staff on the boat were great. Our problem was the the timings of the cruise and the walk. We were
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A bit unorganised
Lovely trip out and saw pod of dolphins on the way. Unfortunately the crew dropped us off at Ship Cove instead of R
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Great and friendly service
We hiked the full length of the Queen Charlotte Track and used Cougar Line to have our bigger luggage transported t
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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