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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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US$ 67.33
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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
    The Waterfront, Picton
    Departure Time
    1:30 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:30pm-6:00pm.
    Please notify us at the time of booking if you have a connection or are visiting with a cruise ship.
    • Live commentary on board
    • Tea and coffee
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 24 January 2019

    Since seeing a T.V. programme about The Magic Mail Run years ago it has been on my list. What a fabulous day! We were greeted by warm and friendly skipper Jason who held our attention with interesting history and snippets of information as we travelled...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank mary h
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2019

    Hi Mary , Thank you for your wonderful reveiw. We to enjoyed the coast show. It really was incredible. We are glad to hear you have had a wonderful time. We really hope to have you back on very soon ! Kind Regards,

    Reviewed 6 January 2019

    Did the Tuesday mail boat route. A lovely cloudy day on the upper deck, visiting interesting communities living in the Sounds. During the short stop at Ship Cove, we saw a pair of variable oystercatchers nesting on the shore. Unfortunately, there was no sightings of...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Ray8332
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2019

    Hi there Ray8332 thank you very much for your review! So glad to hear you had a lovely afternoon out on the mail run. it truly is a cool experience i am sorry to hear you didn't see any dolphins, as much as we wish...More

    Reviewed 28 December 2018 via mobile

    Lovely day - and fun to see how those in remote areas of the Sound receive their mail, packages and even groceries! Make sure to grab food to take with you so you can nosh along the ride. (We stopped at the local grocery for...More

    Thank VivaciousVal
    Reviewed 18 December 2018

    I spent the whole afternoon with a big smile on my face. Stephen the skipper was full of interesting facts and information and it truly gives you an insight into the lives of people who live and work in such remote areas of the Sounds....More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Carnicot
    Reviewed 16 November 2018

    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

    Date of experience: December 2017
    Thank ebbandflood
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2018

    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

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    Mark S
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    Response from Graham B | Reviewed this property |
    No shuttle needed it is within walking distance. 15 minutes at a very slow pace.
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