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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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US$ 66.44
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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 9 April 2018

    In early March I was in Picton and didn't want to miss an opportunity to see the Marlborough Sounds Helped by a warm sunny day , it was a superb afternoon out Interesting to see the mail still being delivered by sea , the captain...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank flatworm
    Reviewed 2 April 2018

    A trip with the mailboat is a must do if you're in Picton and the weather is nice. We took the trip to Furneaux Lodge, where we went ashore. Then we walked to Punga Cove where we were picked up again by the mailboat. On...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank jeroenb818
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

    Hello Jeroen , Firstly i would like to take this time to thank you for your review. We are extremely happy to hear you have had a great trip all round. It sounds like Mother Nature has treated you very well. We are just so...More

    Reviewed 27 March 2018

    we selected the mail boat cruise and boy was it great. my wife and I had nearly 5 hours on the boat going up into extremely isolated areas of the queen charlotte sound sitting up on the top deck on a pretty good weather day....More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank jackbarra
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

    Hello Jack , On behalf of the company i would like to thank you for your feedback. It is just great to hear you have enjoyed the mail boat cruise. The Mail boat is just a great way to see the sounds experiencing the hidden...More

    Reviewed 24 March 2018

    Did the Magic Mail Run with Beachcomber Cruises (yellow route) on a beautiful sunny day. The skipper provided a witty and informative commentary for the benefit of those on board. Dropping off the mail and other supplies to people living in this remote was fun...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank Maggie B
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

    Hello EmmagPaul, Thank you for your review. The Tory Channel mail run day (Tuesdays and Fridays) Is a wonderful route exploring the entrance to the South Island. It sounds as thou you have been blessed with all Great Weather , Dolphins and Passionate staff !!!...More

    Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

    This has to be one of the best tours we have ever done, admittedly the bottle nose dolphins display could never be guaranteed but the captain knew exactly what to do when they did show up, obviously very experienced in these situations and he made...More

    Thank Brian J
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

    Hi Blodwin J Thanks for taking the time to write us a review on TripAdvisor! We are thrilled to hear that you very much enjoyed the Mail Boat Cruise, it certainly is a great afternoon out and seeing the wildlife always adds an extra bonus...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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