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 an historic bach built in 1930 by a family now in its fourth generation of usage. Located in Cockle Cove, Bay of Many Coves. Access 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 two family homes in 25 acres of native bush with bush walks and rocky streams to explore. It boarders on the Queens Chain so 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. 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. 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, bellbird, grey warbler, wood pigeon, kingfisher, oyster catcher, gannet, blue 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. Local launch services can be booked to take you to some of the nearby attractions including the historic Ship Cove. Guests please leave the cottage in a clean and tidy condition by mid-day on your day of departure. Guests to provide own linen.

Details and amenities

Child friendly
No pets
Linen not provided
Smoking outside only
No disabled access
Heating & cooling
Fire place
Cot Available
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 with giant Kohekohes 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. 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: 5
13 total reviews

Letticia Dodson
Another lovely stay at Cockle Cove. Lots of time in and on the water, fishing, walking the tracks, glow worms, phosperecence, star gazing and wild life watching. So peaceful. Love it. Thank you!
The Slomans
We had such a great time last year that we went again this year. It is a haven of tranquility. Back to basics, eat, sleep, fish, read, kayak, listen to the beautiful birds, watch the entertaining wekas and repeat. The setting is stunning in both sunshine and rain. We love the family history there too. A very special place.
Sandra Conroy
A lovely spot to spend a few days relaxing. Really enjoyed the kayaking and kids loved gathering shellfish and attempting to catch fish in the net! The friendly Weka were also a hit.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
6 Apr - 23 Apr $150 / Night for 2 guests$303 Nights
20 Dec - 28 Feb $150 / Night for 2 guests$303 Nights
Rest of year$100 / Night for 2 guests$303 Nights
Rest of year$90 / Night for 2 guests$3010 Nights
6 Apr - 23 Apr
$150 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 3 Nights
20 Dec - 28 Feb
$150 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 3 Nights
Rest of year
$100 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $30Min. stay: 3 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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