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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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US$ 66.09
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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 22 November 2017

    The briefing given by Hayley before we set out was clear and concise about the route and what it was hoped to see, the day started grey but the scenery was magnificent and the skipper gave a good commentary although it could have been louder...More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    Thank robertfs2017
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

    Hi Robert, On behalf of the team we would like to thank you very much for your lovely reveiw. It is always lovely to hear we are giving a great tour from the minute you purchase the ticket right through to getting back of again....More

    Reviewed 1 November 2017

    we had a great trip on the beachcomber. The boat was presented immaculately from which it was a pleasure to sightsee.The skipper was knowledgeable and interacted well with the passengers.We would recommend it for locals and tourists alike.More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    Thank Sally J
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

    Hi Sally J Thanks for taking the time to write us a reveiw on TripAdvisor! And thank you so much for your comments about our boats, we pride our skippers on taking good care of there vessels so it lovely to see that someone noticed...More

    Reviewed 22 October 2017

    We walked the QCT in four days. The boat took us to the starting point, transferred our things from one point to the other and picked us from the ending point. Everything worked perfectly, the team was friendly. We enjoyed the escort of dolphins on...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    Thank Eli R
    BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

    Hi Eli R Thanks for your review on TripAdvisor! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our QCT service, it certainly does make it pretty easy. Awesome to hear that you got to see the dolphins along the way, that always adds an...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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