Ship Cove holds key cultural heritage stories told in a beautiful sheltered cove with a lush coastal forest backdrop.
Totaranui (Queen Charlotte Sound) was visited by the great Polynesian explorer, Kupe, during his exploration of this country which his wife named Aotearoa.
This site is internationally recognised as Captain James Cook’s favourite New Zealand base during his three wide-ranging voyages of exploration.
Ship Cove has strong synergies with other Marlborough Sounds tourism opportunities; coastal lodges, concessionaires, Long Island Marine Reserve, Motuara Island Nature Reserve, Blumine Island World War II forts.
New visitor facilities reflecting the cultural themes of the site and new interpretation covering the Maori and Cook stories of Ship Cove and the surrounding sound were installed in 2006.
Photograph by Steve Bagley