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Meretoto Ship Cove – Queen Charlotte Sound – the best bits

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Marlborough, South Island

Top sights of Meretoto Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough

  • You get to experience Queen Charlotte track without the hard yakka of a multiple day hike (you’re on holiday after all)
  • Short on time? You will not miss out on Marlborough Sounds highlights with this short excursion. Taste of the happiness factor, the beauty of Queen Charlotte Track with a day exploring Meretoto Ship Cove.
Ferry pier at Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, NZ
Ferry pier at Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds, NZ

Meretoto/Ship Cove is a sheltered anchorage within the Marlborough Sounds with dense native forest blanketing the hills. Meretoto is a popular destination for kayaking tours and an anchorage for private boats.

Meretoto is a drop off point for the well known Queen Charlotte Track. A plaque marks the site Captain James Cook anchored for supplies and his meetings with the local Maori… read more in travel pack section.

How to get to Meretoto Ship Cove, Marlborough Sounds?

The easiest way to get to Meretoto Ship Cove is by water taxi from Picton. Ship Cove is the starting point of the 72km Queen Charlotte Track. There are numerous scheduled and private water taxi options from Picton.You are unable to access Meretoto Ship Cove by foot. There are no walking tracks to the area.

Exciting – hop on a boat and explore the Marlborough Sounds.

Find out more about what to do in Marlborough

Travel pack information

Cook memorial Ship Cove, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Cook memorial Ship Cove, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Meretoto/Ship Cove: Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui area, Marlborough region describes Cook’s expeditions spent 170 days at this anchorage between his first visit in January 1770 and final departure during his last voyage in February 1777. Cook found this place provided a central and secure anchorage with good wood, water and fishing where he could prepare and provision his ships and restore his crews.


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