Idyllic Cockle Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound

Cockle Cove, Bay Of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton
Max Guests

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
Outdoor furniture

Bed layout

1 Queen(s), 4 Bunk(s)


Average Rating: 5
9 total reviews

Great place. Good jetty to tie up on and access boat. Lots of equipment to use, good fishing. A bona fide Marlborough Sounds bach on the waters edge. Saw a 20 strong pod of dolphins on the way in, and 7 Orcha on the way out.
Letticia Dodson
Gorgeous spot. Lovely bush, lots of birdlife, tame wekas. Enjoyed taking out the kayaks. The floating private jetty is a huge bonus if you have your own boat - so easy! Old school bach but perfectly adequate. Good hot water and shower which makes all the difference after a big day out. Had great fishing off snake point and enjoyed a late night adventure with our boys to see the glow worms by the waterfall. Awesome holiday. Thanks for sharing your special place!
Cockle Cove is a fabulous traditional Kiwi bach, a perfect place to get away from it all. We stayed for three nights and it certainly wasn't enough. We will be back, and for longer next time! Thank you so much for sharing your slice of paradise with us.
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Date rangeRatesExtra guestsMinimum stay
1 Apr - 7 Apr $130 / Night for 2 guests$203 Nights
20 Dec - 31 Jan $130 / Night for 2 guests$203 Nights
Rest of year$80 / Night for 2 guests$203 Nights
Rest of year$70 / Night for 2 guests$2010 Nights
1 Apr - 7 Apr
$130 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 3 Nights
20 Dec - 31 Jan
$130 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 3 Nights
Rest of year
$80 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 3 Nights
Rest of year
$70 / Night for 2 guests
Extra guests: $20Min. stay: 10 Nights
Extra adults $20 per night, extra children half rate
$100 cleaning deposit to be refunded after inspection.


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