Idyllic Cockle Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound

Cockle Cove, Bay Of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton
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About this Holiday House

Port After Stormie Seas is a traditional kiwi bach built in the late 1930s by a family now in its fourth generation of usage. Located in Cockle Cove, Bay of Many Coves. Access is by boat only to this beautiful part of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Travel to Cockle Cove on your own boat or on one of a number of regular daily launch services. Travel time is only 30 minutes by launch from Picton. The land originally intended to be a dairy farm was purchased in 1925 to preserve the original virgin native bush in the valley of this popular anchorage. Sheltered from the prevailing northerly, this two bedroom cottage has a wonderful view out into the bay, is light and sunny, child-and family-friendly. It is one of only three family homes in 25 acres of native bush with bush walks and rocky streams to explore. The cottage is right on the Queens Chain so only 20 paces to the safe swimming beach. There is a floating jetty for landing and free use of a dinghy, kayaks and life jackets. Take a trip back to the past and enjoy the simple pleasures. Spend your days swimming, lazing around in a boat or on the beach, or just taking time out on the deck with a book or glass of wine. Keep an eye out in case a pod of dolphins or orcas visit the bay. Watch and listen to the native birdlife including the curious Weka, Tui, Korimako, Riroriro, Kereru, Kotare, Oyster Catcher, Gannet, White-faced Heron and more. For the more energetic, take a walk up through the bush to the waterfall, scramble further up the stream for more or walk to Milton Bay, across the saddle to Dryden Bay and up the ridge along snake point. Catch your own dinner – not far from the jetty are blue cod, snapper and scallops. With no TV, spend your evenings reading or playing board games and cards. Once dark falls, take a gentle evening stroll over the bridge or behind the cottage to see glow worms; and for stargazers, admire the clear night sky away from the city lights. Local launch services can be booked to take you to some of the nearby attractions including the historic Ship Cove. Under kiwi tradition guests are expected to keep and leave the place clean and tidy by mid-day on your day of departure. Guests to provide own linen and towels. If for any reason, it is not clean on arrival, we ask guests to contact us so we can arrange to rectify it. Please adhere to the boating regulations and respect others.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen not provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Washing Machine
Boat parking
CD player
Cellphone coverage
Cleaning equipment
Cleaning supplies
Clothes line
Fire wood supplied
Laundry Tub
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Queen(s), 4 Bunk(s)

Special Amenities

20 paces from cottage door to safe swimming beach Free use of dinghy, kayaks and life jackets Walking tracks to Milton Bay/Dryden Bay Surrounded by original native bush featuring giant Kohekohes and Pukatea. Glow worms at night on some of the stream banks in the bush. When there is little or no moon at night phosphorescence can often be seen in the water especially near the jetty. Native birdlife

Special Attractions and Activities Nearby

Book a trip on the mailboat to see Queen Charlotte Sound. Book a launch to take you for a trip to the historic Ship Cove. Take a trip to the Bay of Many Coves Resort for a meal or coffee.


Average Rating: 4
16 total reviews

The bach is an amazing location and would be ideal in summer for swimming and sitting in the sunshine. But in mid April it is cold and damp. We loved fishing and catching 34cm+ blue cod from the wharf, and the floating jetty is a big bonus.
Catherine Duder
Amazing location. Excellent wharf for easy access and also swimming and fishing.
Bryce Henry
The cove, jetty, beach, water toys and access to Queen Charlotte Sound is fantastic BUT the Cottage was dirty and damp. We would not rent again.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
25 Mar - 28 Apr $150 / Night for 2 guests$304 Nights
20 Dec - 1 Mar $150 / Night for 2 guests$304 Nights
Rest of year$100 / Night for 2 guests$304 Nights
Rest of year$90 / Night for 2 guests$3010 Nights
25 Mar - 28 Apr
$150 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 4 Nights
20 Dec - 1 Mar
$150 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 4 Nights
Rest of year
$100 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 4 Nights
Rest of year
$90 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 10 Nights
Extra adults $30 per night, extra children half rate
$100 cleaning deposit to be refunded after inspection.


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