Cougar Line Cruise & Walk Day Trips

For those with limited time a Cougar Line Cruise 'n Walk is the perfect way to experience the Queen Charlotte Track.

Choose from a number of walk options that are designed for all types of fitness and suitable for the entire family. From 8 hour to 1 hour walks, we have it covered. There is a walk to suit all fitness levels and ages. Walking times are generous and the recommendation of the Department of Conservation. The resorts and lodges welcome all day trip visitors to buy hot and cold drinks and meals at the end of their walk.

5 Hour Cruise & Walk Ship Cove to Endeavour Inlet : 15km

Step ashore at Ship Cove, in the footsteps of explorer Captain Cook, for our most popular day walk.

Through magnificent virgin forest you’ll emerge at the ridgeline to breathtaking views of Cook Strait and Resolution Bay, before descending to the sheltered shoreline of Endeavour Inlet.

Departs: 8:00am (October - April) / 9:00am (May – September)
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round

4 Hour Cruise & Walk Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove : 12.7km

Historic Furneaux Lodge is the starting point for your walk around the head of Endeavour Inlet to Punga Cove Resort.

Venture over the swing bridge into the cool embrace of abundant punga ferns along the shoreline, to the melodic call of the bellbird.

Departs: 8:00am (October - April) / 9:00am (May – September)
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round

3 Hour Cruise & Walk Resolution Bay to Endeavour Inlet : 10.5km

Discover a primordial world redolent of Lord of the Rings, in the towering rain forest just behind Furneaux Lodge.

This gentle walk traverses native forest over a low saddle offering a spectacular vantage point for the photographer. The gradual descent curls along the shoreline to historic Furneaux Lodge.

This is a gentle option for families, or a stroll after lunch. Meander along an easy path through ancient beech forest to an enchanting waterfall. Invigorated, inspired, relax with a coffee or a glass of wine as we cruise home.

Departs: 10:00am (October - April) / 9:00am (May – September)
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round

2 Hour Cruise & Walk Ship Cove to Resolution Bay : 14.5 km

A short climb reveals stunning long distance views of Cook Strait. Sub tropical virgin forest towers above the track. Survey off shore islands from a lookout and continue down the track for a pick up at remote Resolution Bay.


Departs: 10:00am (October - April) / 9:00am (May – September)
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round

1 Hour Cruise & Walk Furneaux Lodge : 1km

Discover a primordial world redolent of Lord of the Rings, in the towering rain forest just behind Furneaux Lodge. This is a gentle option for families, or a stroll after lunch. Meander along an easy path through ancient beech forest to an enchanting waterfall. Invigorated, inspired, relax with a coffee or a glass of wine as we cruise home.

Departs: 10:00am (October - April) / 9:00am (May – September)
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round

Half Day Cruise & Walk Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa

After a short climb out of Mistletoe the track passes through the original farm land with wide views of Onahau Bay and beyond to the hills above Picton, then meanders down through Beech forest, past a nice sandy beach at Davies Bay to Anakiwa.


Departs: 11:30am
Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round

Discover Ship Cove

Disembark at Ship Cove and explore the Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage. The bush clad hills and pristine water are still as they were in 1770 when Cook visited on the first of his voyages to NZ. Early Maori also inhabited this wonderful area. Take the time to study the informative interpretation panels that explain the fascinating interaction between the two cultures. A short 30 min bush walk to a picturesque waterfall is well worth exploring, or simply relax and enjoy a picnic lunch on a waka shaped picnic table and listen to the birdsong. Toilet facilities and a shelter are available. Cruise back to Picton via Endeavour Inlet.


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Returns: approximately 4:30pm year round