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Sounds of Summer at the Cove

We have a fantastic line up of live music this summer at Punga Cove.

Join us from around 1pm and enjoy a relaxed afternoon and evening on the jetty at the Boatshed bar and cafe with our wonderful musicians who will perform through to around 8pm:

Midge McCleary

Sat 26 Jan | Sat 16 Feb

Steve Mitchell

Sat 9 Feb | Sat 9 Mar | Sat 20 & Sun 21 Apr (Easter)

Sarah Brown

Sat 23 Feb | Sat 23 Mar | Sat 20 & Sun 21 Apr (Easter)

Pizazz Jazz Trio

Sat 16 Mar

Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer

Mon 1* & Tues 2 Apr 

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*This event starts around 5pm.

Summer Sounds Day Cruise

Make a day of it and take day cruise to Punga Cove with Beachcomber Cruises. Stop at historic Ship Cove on the way then relax over lunch and an afternoon of music at Punga Cove - you can also use Punga's swimming pool, spa and kayaks (charges apply).

Check in at Beachcomber Cruises at the Picton Marina at 8.30am, arrive Punga Cove at 11am, depart Punga Cove at 4.30pm and arrive back in Picton at 5.30-6pm. Special rate: adults $70, children (5-14 years) $50 & under 5s free. 

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The Musicians


Steve Mitchell’s original songs blend soul, acoustic blues, classic 60’s pop and singer-songwriter styles.

Best known for his slide and fingerstyle guitar work, Steve sees himself first and foremost as a writer and puts the hard yards in on arrangement, melody and lyrics. His set mixes his own material with a highly personal selection of Country Blues and Americana.


Midge McCleary returns to Punga Cove for another brilliant Summer of Sounds.

With more than 10 years of touring, four albums and an average 200 shows a year, Midge has developed an engaging blend of blues funk folk jazz based on his percussive, finger-style guitar playing.

Setting up a big stompbox groove, overlaying jazzy vocals and guitar featuring alternate tunings, slapping bass lines and appegiated chord progressions, Midge can be toe tapping upbeat one minute, introspective thought provoking the next.


Sarah Brown is a Marlborough girl through and through. Born and bred in Blenheim, the talented singer-songwriter has two full-length studio albums to her name and five music videos (including that one shot in Paris).

She won the Juice TV Music Video of the Year Award in 2006; she's recorded alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; clocked up three national tours as a solo-performer with her band; and played with nearly every Kiwi artist you can name (except for maybe Shihad, she says).

Pizazz Jazz Trio - Heather, Alistair & Tristan

Pizazz - It rhymes with jazz.

Heather Jameson - Alistair MacLeod - Tristan Gregory-Hunt

A broad spectrum of jazz for all occasions. They're eclectic and entertaining - ask anyone who's seen them!

Paul & Karen

With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, the Anglo-German duo ‘Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer’ entertain and engage their audiences wherever they perform. Combining their original material with a fine choice of folk favourites Paul and Karen craft a show of “songs with groove and goosebumps guaranteed”.

The duo hails from Staffordshire, although Karen is originally from Stuttgart, Germany, where Paul ‘discovered’ her busking in a city centre park. He invited her to perform in England and the two of them have now been playing music together since 2012.

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Your accommodation options at Punga Cove

Tasteful and stylish accommodation set in native New Zealand bush.


We have 5 suite options featuring open plan living and extensive views of the bay.


Our chalets sleep 2-3 people, with kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and private decks.


Our lodge is comfortable and would suit a large family group or groups of friends, some rooms with shared facilties


Our more affordable accommodation available for single travellers, with 7 single rooms and 1 double room option.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style.