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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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    What to Expect
    View the magnificent scenery of the Marlborough Sounds and get a glimpse of daily life in the remote outposts via New Zealand Post rural delivery service through Queen Charlotte Sound.

    Meet the mail boat in the afternoon at the Picton waterfront, and relax with complimentary tea and coffee on board. The 4-hour boat tour travels into various bays, coves and inlets detailed by the captain, then wraps up with a stop at Ship Cove (1st Oct to 30th April) where Captain Cook anchored the Endeavor in 1770.

    You have 15 minutes here to explore the beach and see a memorial to Captain Cook as well as wood-carved Maori statues. Read informative displays about the island and search for birdlife such as oyster catchers, weka and paradise ducks.

    Mail routes change depending on the day of the week; see the Itinerary for a sample of scheduled delivery.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    1:30 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live commentary on board
    • Tea and coffee
    • Restroom on board
    • Food
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks to consume on board
    • Closed-toe walking shoes suitable for walking are recommended
    • Not accessible for motorized wheelchairs
    • Please Note: The stop at Ship Cove only occurs during Summer months of 1st Oct to 30th April
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infant seats available
    • We are not able to pick up / drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal - you must make your way to our booking office
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 1:30pm
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Beautiful scenery. Informative skipper. Bring your sunscreen, a jacket and a snack. Tea and coffee provided. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.
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    Disappointed. The girl checking our tickets said to sit up the top to get a clear view. We couldn’t hear the commentary & the wind was very strong. The sound was equally poor inside & hard to hear over the engines. When we mentioned to the driver, he said he was surprised &
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    We all learnt so much about the Sound. The captain was an excellent narrative speaker. Seeing dolphins was a bonus and he took extra time to make sure that everyone on the boat saw them, plus seeing the seals at the salmon farm. Hats off to the crew.😊😊
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    We took the Mail Boat cruise out into the sound. Excellent commentary which included the flora and fauna of the area as well as history and a little about the people and settlements that are isolated along the shore. Every day is different and there are a number of different
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    Response from BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
    Responded 13 Dec 2019
    Hi Julie , We are pleased to hear you have had a wonderful time on the Mail Boat. It really is a wonderful trip for all , it is always a way of transport for those wishing to enjoy some longer time in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Thank you again ! Safe travels ,
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    What a fantastic way to see the sound and learn some history. The captain was skilled and funny and meeting the locals a real bonus!
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    Response from BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
    Responded 24 Nov 2019
    Hey Rezonja Thank you for your review - we are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your time out on the sounds and that you had a great time with our crew. We hope to see you in Picton again some other time,
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    Key Details
    • Queen Charlotte Sound
    • Duration: 4h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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