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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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US$ 67.06
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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 31 October 2018

    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

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Dee S
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2018

    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 20 October 2018

    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

    Date of experience: October 2018
    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

    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

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank Marcia M
    Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

    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,

    Reviewed 18 April 2018

    This is a unique and fun experience if you’re thinking about taking a cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Lucky us, we enjoyed a very sunny day out on the water. After ten minutes on the boat we encountered a huge group of happy dolphins, this...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    Thank Kristel B
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2018

    Hi Kristel , Thank you for your wonderful review. We are please to hear you recently had a great time on one of our cruises. This time of year is a great time to visit as the wild life really do come out to play...More

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    Mark S
    23 August 2019|
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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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