Punga Cove

Phone: +64 3 579 8561
Email: enquiries@pungacove.co.nz
Website: www.pungacove.co.nz

Welcome to Punga Cove

Explore the turquoise waters in our sea kayaks or visit nearby islands and cruise the sounds in search of playful Dusky Dolphins. Experience the leafy wonders of the Queen Charlotte Track or catch fish in the bay. Join an outer sound fishing charter or take a gourmet picnic lunch and a bottle of champagne to a secluded beach nearby. Enhance your holiday relaxation with a meal in our fully licensed restaurant situated to give breathtaking views of the entire Endeavour Inlet. Have time out at the Boatshed Cafe & Bar on the jetty. Enjoy your coffee watching birdlife, fish swimming by and the boats which come and go.

If you are looking to spend time in a different environment, away from the usual daily pressures - look no further than Punga Cove.

LOCATION of Punga Cove:

While Punga Cove is accessible by scenic road, we highly recommend water taxi services departing from Picton.
We will be happy to help you with arrangements through regularly scheduled water taxis available year-round.

If you choose to drive to Punga Cove Resort, we are a two hour scenic drive along a winding country road – two hours from Picton or Havelock. The road is sealed except for the last five kilometres. As we are in a very remote location, it is essential to plan to arrive by 5.00pm.

Your Stay

Tasteful and stylish accommodation set in native New Zealand bush.

We have 16 tastefully furnished chalets that are nestled into the bush-clad hillside, with sun decks giving privacy and superb views overlooking Endeavour Inlet. Punga Cove offers a range of accommodation options, and all budgets are catered for. From our hostel which is open in the summer months, to the Lodge and the Chalets which include studios and self-contained family chalets, to our stylish apartments.

For dining we have our fully licensed Punga Fern restaurant and our ever popular waterside Boatshed Bar & Café, which are open 7 days. We have conference facilities and we are open for bookings for weddings, anniversaries and functions.

A small shop is available for items you might need and gifts to take home. There is a wide range of activities to choose from, including sea kayaks, canoes, dinghies, fishing, swimming pool and outdoor spa pool.

So join us when walking the Queen Charlotte Track, or fishing the sounds, for a long lunch. Plan your summer holiday and relax in style with some of the best views the Marlborough Sounds have to offer.

"Punga Cove is just wonderful and it is a real privilege to be here. We will be back!" Jeremy, Scotland

Dining at Punga Cove

Soak up the sun at the Boatshed Café & Bar, or enjoy fine dining at our Punga Fern Restaurant.

Punga Fern Restaurant & Bar:
Our fine dining restaurant offers à la carte dining with international flair. "The art of living begins at the table." Here we take our time. Our dishes are refined with Marlborough's finest produce, wild game and seafood plus a little spice and flavour. This is the cuisine of patience and passion. In our cellar, we stock over 140 of Marlborough's best wines to complement your dining experience. We also have a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages as well as beers, spirits, and cocktails. The restaurant seats forty people internally and additional seating is available outside, weather permitting, on our three elevated decks that surround the restaurant. We are open every day for Breakfast and Dinner.

The Boatshed Café & Bar:
The historic Boatshed where many well known boats have been built is now a unique establishment, set right over the water with a large jetty area & outdoor seating. Full range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks; espresso coffee and homemade muffins, cakes, paninis and pies. We also have fish and chips, platters, and pizzas plus during the summer we make the most of the warmer weather by having regular BBQs. During the autumn/winter months, the Boatshed is open through the day for coffee, drinks, snacks and Lunch. Evening meals are available in the Restaurant.

"Venison sublime, salmon magnificent." Pete & Mo, Atlanta, GA


Enjoy the water and surrounding native New Zealand bush.

Day sailing - we have kayaks and dinghies or you could organise a scenic charter or fishing trip.
Dolphin Watching - Go dolphin watching with Dolphin Watch Eco Tours.
Mountain biking - ride in from the Queen Charlotte Track and have a well deserved rest at Punga Cove. The Queen Charlotte Track is open for mountain biking all year round.
Walks - Eco tours and guided walks on Queen Charlotte Track. You could walk the whole Track - base yourself at Punga Cove and walk with water transfers.
Other activities include:
Volleyball & Petanque and Croquet
Swimming pool and spa
Kids playground