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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

Highlights
  • 4-hour cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound on the mail boat, from Picton
  • Travel with the only official New Zealand Post rural water delivery service in the region
  • See remote communities in the Marlborough Sounds, which constitute a fifth of New Zealand’s coastline
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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
From US$72.28
Overview
Visit the remote communities of Queen Charlotte Sound aboard a working mail boat. This scenic 4-hour boat cruise departs Picton in the afternoon and makes New Zealand Post rural delivery service along different routes each day of the week. Experience the lifestyle of the Marlborough Sounds firsthand as the boat captain shares regional history and stories of these isolated hamlets. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board and disembark for a 15-minute stop at Ship Cove (1st Oct to 30th April).
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.
Reviews (41)
1 - 5 of 25 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
An enchanting afternoon in the Marlborough Sounds

One of the highlights of our Australia – New Zealand cruise was a 4 h Queen Charlotte Sound cruise from Picton with the mailboat in the awesome Marlborough sounds. We had booked the excursion online with a New Zealand touroperator Beachcomber cruises. I heard some...More

Thank ebbandflood
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi ebbandflood, Thank you for taking the time to write a review, We love to hear feedback! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time out on the Mail Boat cruise through the sounds. The dogs sure do know when the boat...More

Reviewed 31 October 2018
Fantastic Fun Day Out

This trip was a great day out. The Mail Boat was clean & spacey. You can sit indoors or upstairs which is open, but can be breezy. Julian the Skipper was awesome & makes the trip fantastic, he allows you to be as interactive as...More

Thank Dee S
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Dee S. Thank you for taking the time to write and let us know about your mail boat cruise. we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time out with Julian. we hope that you enjoyed your tour of NZ and made it...More

Reviewed 21 October 2018
beautiful day, many thanks

Had a half day tour which we thoroughly enjoyed, particularly Kate, who was so friendly and helpful with everything, thoroughly recommend the trip, beautiful day, many thanks David and ElizabethMore

Thank Pioneer827509
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Hi David and Elizabeth , Firstly thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful review. We really are very lucky to have an amazing time who are willing to go the extra mile for us customers. Meaning customers like you have a...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Afternoon Delight!

A beautiful day in Picton which began with the best hot chocolate at LeCafe continued when I arrived at the Beachcomber office where I had reservations for the afternoon mail run. Kate is not only efficient, but charming and made getting “sorted” (as they say...More

Thank Marcia M
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile
Rain didn't matter!

Wet weather stayed away until heading back to Picton. Didn't detract from a great trip on the Mail Run. Enjoyed looking around Ships Cove where a fantail followed us as we walked around. Well displayed history information. Interesting commentary from John along the way as...More

2  Thank Julie W
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

Good Afternoon Julie, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you recently had a wonderful time on the Mail Run. It really is a great cruise rain or shine ! Safe travels ! Kind Regards,

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