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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 2 April 2019

    Picton and the Queen Charlotte Sound are greatly underrated compared with other areas of New Zealand. This is wrong in my opinion, wow what a delight to help deliver people’s mail on the remote islands unreachable by road. We were not fortunate enough to have...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Graham B
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2019

    Hi Graham , Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are please to hear you had a wonderful time on the mail boat. It really is a great way to experience such a unique part of the world. The dolphins...More

    Reviewed 28 March 2019

    This excellent trip has several options as each day is a different route,so check out in advance where you might venture on the sounds.

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Phil P
    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2019

    Hi Phil , Thank you for your reveiw. I am glad to hear you have enjoyed a wonderful time on the track ! Kind Regards,

    Reviewed 13 March 2019

    The clouds cleared and we enjoyed a sunny blue sky summer afternoon for this amazing boat trip out of Picton - the mail boat delivering New Zealand Post to folk who live in remote bays and inlets in beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. The skipper provided...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2019

    Hi Donald , Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It sounds like the weather played on your side ! We are pleased to hear you have a had a wonderful time on the mail boat ! Look forward to having...More

    Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

    We have just returned from this fabulous boat trip. Perfect weather & Julian , our driver /host/postie was exceptional. He was so knowledgeable and interesting & was happy to answer any questions. Delivering the mail was the greatest fun. Thanks Julian for making the day...More

    Thank pennwhit
    Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

    We booked this on the recommendation of friends who did this trip last year. We were not disappointed. The trip showed us life living on remote islands whose residents can only access their homes by sea. So the mail boat delivering provisions and mail provides...More

    Thank bigGSwan
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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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