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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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US$ 67.48
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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.
    Monday and ThursdayStart by cruising through Queen Charlotte Sound to Kaipapa, a small cove in Kumototo Bay. Continue into Blackwood Bay to drop off mail, then pass a king salmon fish farm en route to Ruakaka Bay where the boat stops at a local residence. Then deliver mail to the Bay of Many Coves Resort and make a few more mail stops at Arapawa Island before pulling into Ship Cove.
    Tuesday and FridayThe mail boat heads to Curious Cove and then the Tory Channel, traveling along one side past Te Pangu as far as Whekenui, where the Tory Channel enters Cook Strait. Return along the other side of the channel, making a few mail drops along the way, before heading to Ship Cove. 
    Wednesday and Saturday The mail deliveries stop first near the East Bay King Salmon Farm on Arapawa Island. Then sail to the top of East Bay for a couple of mail drops. On Saturdays, the run goes to Cape Jackson, a community that only receives deliveries once per week due to the distance. On your return, stop at Ship Cove.
    Please note: This is a sample itinerary that can change based on what time of the year you visit.
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    Reviewed 12 June 2019

    Had a great day out with skipper Julian who was well informed on the local area. We were lucky enough to also experience a pod of dolphins as we were leaving the harbour. Totally recommend for an afternoon out.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank KathandMaaki
    Reviewed 27 May 2019

    The Skipper and Crew were very friendly and knowledgeable. The vessel was modern and comfortable. I would highly recommend this cruise.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank steveharro3
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2019

    Hi Steve, Thank you for your kind words, Our crew and skippers take pride in knowing the area and we love to show you the beautiful place we get to call home!

    Reviewed 20 May 2019

    This was a brilliant cruise. It was a magical day and the captain gave an excellent, informative commentary. He went out of his way to point out interesting features and we had an amazing sighting of dolphinsMore

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank carolwS851MB
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2019

    Hi Carol, Thank you for your review, We are so lucky that our skippers have great knowledge of the Sounds and it was so awesome you were able to sight dolphins as this turns an already great cruise into truly wonderful experience. Kind Regards The...More

    Reviewed 30 April 2019

    absolutely fantastic! Captain was informative, stopping to point out various birds, dolphins, and points of interest. Beautiful scenery, comfortable seats, helpful staff. Would definitely do again

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank JudyHamilton
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2019

    Hi Judy , Thank you for taking the time to write us a reveiw. We hare happy to hear to enjoyed your cruise. We really are so lucky to have the ability to show it of to you! Kind Regards,

    Reviewed 15 April 2019

    The 4 hour trip was extremely interesting, complete with a salmon farm, fish feeding, mail deliveries of course, and a stop off at Ship Cove, where Captain Cook landed several times. The skipper gave us a very good commentary. The cuppa was most welcome too!

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank SandyH2525
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2019

    Hi Sandy , Thank you for your reveiw ! We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time on the mail boat. It really is a stunning cruise ! Kind Regards,

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