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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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US$ 66.71
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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 14 March 2018

    We took the boat tour to Ship Cove in the morning and upon the recommendation of the staff we decided to have a stopover on a bird sanctuary island first. I would definitely do this as it was very special and we managed to see...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    Thank 976sabiner
    BeachcomberPicton, front office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

    Hi Sabine R Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor! Im really happy to hear that you had a great time out on Motuara Island and then on the track its a great way to see the sounds and great that you...More

    Reviewed 2 March 2018

    Great fun and so interesting. Skipper Julian was a wondercyl host. Such stunning scenery, and the dogs made it for meMore

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank jberry62018
    BeachcomberPicton, front office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

    Hi jberry62018 Thanks for taking the time to write us a review on TripAdvisor! We are very glad to hear that you had a great time out on the boat tour with us! You are right Julian does make the best host for the tour,...More

    Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

    Cruise is pricey for what you get. Anticipated the excitement of delivering the mail to outposts. Mail drop off was rudimentary and uneventful. Over 90 passengers on the mailrun, so it is not very intimate. It was hot day and the boat has little or...More

    Thank RatzkiTom
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

    Hi RatzkiTom Thanks for your TripAdvisor Reveiw, im sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your cruise on the Mail Boat with us. The Mail Run is as stated a mail delivery cruise, we cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sounds into all of the...More

    Reviewed 17 February 2018

    The route of the cruise was great. The commentry was good. However, the boat, the 'Matua', even though it is a new one, was terrible. It was a hot afternoon, there was no airconditioning and no doors or windows were allowed to be opened. The...More

    Date of experience: February 2018
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    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

    Hi Wanderersx2 I am very sorry to hear that you have had a bad experience on the Mail Boat Cruise with us, it saddens us to think that our guests are not having a great time as we would have liked. Im glad that you...More

    Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

    What an absolutely stunning part of the world! The mail run was such a unique experience, getting a small glimpse into the lives of people who call the Queen Charlotte Sound their back garden. I had a lovely time, the weather was gorgeous, and our...More

    Thank HeatherR3013
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

    Hi Heather R thanks for your great reveiw on TripAdvisor, we are very happy to hear that you have had an excellent time out on the cruise with us! The Mail run certainly is a wonderful experience and the best way to see the sounds....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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