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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
4.5
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About
The Mail has been delivered by boat for over 150 years in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, we are the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound making this a truly unique tour! Come along on the Mail Boat Cruise and share the excitement of Mail Day as the skipper delivers the Rural post bags, groceries and freight to the residents that call the Queen Charlotte Sound waterways home. If time allows the Mail Boat Cruise will take a short stop at one of the brilliant locations within the Queen Charlotte waterways, you route will shown upon check in. Available to purchase for $5 in the office before you depart are Beachcomber Cruises keep cups, we no longer use single use cups on board our vessels due the huge environmental impact. Upon purchase of a Beachcomber Cruises keep cup guests can enjoy tea and coffee onboard for the duration of the tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6607MAILBOAT
Call +852 30184991
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Restroom on board
Exclusions
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand Please meet us at the Beachcomber Cruises Office on the waterfront - the Corner of Wellington Street and London Quay, we are a black building with Blue Signage.
Additional information
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • We are not able to pick up / drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal - you must make your way to our booking office
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 1:30pm
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Restroom on board
Exclusions
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand Please meet us at the Beachcomber Cruises Office on the waterfront - the Corner of Wellington Street and London Quay, we are a black building with Blue Signage.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • We are not able to pick up / drop off at the Cruise Ship Terminal - you must make your way to our booking office
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 1:30pm
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 25 Nov 2021
A note from Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
Beachcomber Cruises follows the current guidelines given by Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Government. Please call our office if you have any questions around the current requirements.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1 London Quay
    1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Please meet us at the Beachcomber Cruises Office on the waterfront - the Corner of Wellington Street and London Quay, we are a black building with Blue Signage.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Queen Charlotte Sound
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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Stacey H
3 contributions
Must do in Picton
Oct 2021 • Couples
There were so many added extras - feeding fish, getting off at forneaux lodge for a walk and drink and the commentary was amazing. The driver was lovely and really knew his stuff!
Written 2 October 2021
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Karla H
1 contribution
Awesome
Aug 2021 • Couples
Excellent cruise very friendly staff and informative. Highly recommend. Great value for money. Would definitely do again when in Picton and is child friendly and dog friendly
Written 11 August 2021
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Angus
1 contribution
Great Afternoon
Jul 2021
A fantastic and insightful tour of the sounds. Staff go above and beyond to make the trip feel personal. Saw a group of dolphins too.
Written 12 July 2021
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niamhs456
Auckland Central, New Zealand568 contributions
Awesome family cruise
Super trip with the little one
Such an accommodating friendly cruise around the sounds . The staff are so bubbly and friendly, helping and answering all questions we had
Such an easy going cruise to see how everyone lives in the sounds with insights from the driver and also just looking out of the boat.there is also a half hour stop where we could grab coffee and walk around of the beaches .
We were also able to bring our pram for our six month old with staff help
Honestly can't sing higher praises for the trip
Written 23 June 2021
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macshonz
Taranaki Region, New Zealand46 contributions
Amazing afternoon on the water
A thoroughly enjoyable experience, Ryan's mail run commentary gave a great insight to life in the Sounds for the families that have no road access. Getting alongside a pod of dolphins was the icing on the cake. A wee mishap at one pier delayed the trip slightly but was handled well and professionally. Highly recommended.
Written 5 April 2021
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Sharon52NZ
Auckland38 contributions
Great experience
Mar 2021
Great way to view the Queen Charlotte Sounds. We boarded this cruise end of March, was a brilliant way to enjoy the sounds. The skipper was very informative, we were also lucky enough to see seals, dolphins, stingray and blue cod on our cruise. Would highly recommend and this company is also a family business and supports nature programmes.
Written 3 April 2021
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HummingAlong
18 contributions
Mixed feelings
Mar 2021
Mixed feelings about this tour. It is as advertised: the Sound is beautiful and spending a half day out on it (if it happens to be a nice day) is very enjoyable. The mail was delivered to locals and the boat skipper told us about each one. It was a little voyeuristic to see everyone stand up and take pictures of these people and their homes and docks. Our trip was much shorter than advertised. Fine print does mention route changes are possible. But our trip was only one third the distance it should have been. We were let off the boat (to kill time) at probably the ugliest spot on the entire Sound - a former whaling station. Just an eyesore. Not a suitable substitution from the cruising we did not do. Another negative is the hard sell we got to purchase reusable cups for coffee and hot drinks on the boat. We did. The coffee was make-it-yourself instant, not what we were picturing. But worse: it was free to everyone. The cup purchase was a ripoff and really but the icing on our negative feelings about the cruise.
Written 12 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
BeachcomberPicton
Thank you for your review, we are sorry to hear that you did not fully enjoy your cruise experience with us. We endeavor to make every trip an enjoyable one regardless of weather or route, and we feel both our on board and reservations staff do there best to ensure every customers experience meets and exceeds expectations. Majority of the time we receive excellent reviews on the Mail Boat Cruise, usually the opportunity to see the small bays and coves and watch as the mail is exchanged in this unique way with our residents is entertaining for our passengers on board, as It not only gives you the best sightseeing opportunity but also the chance to have an insight into how life is lived in remote areas. The Tuesday and Friday Mail Boat delivers the Mail in the Tory Channel of the Queen Charlotte Sounds, if needed we do venture into the Endeavour Inlet to collect people who have been walking the Queen Charlotte Track, On the day of your cruise we didn’t need to travel into this area, so rather than returning to Picton the skipper thought it would be interesting to take our guests to the Historic Perano Whaling station instead to give guests the opportunity to go onshore. I do apologies that you did not enjoy this part of the tour, the skipper did have good intentions at mind as the whaling station is a crucial part of the New Zealand whaling history that was prominent in the Tory Channel and a visit to the station is a quite unique and rare opportunity and from previous encounters our guests have really enjoyed this visit. In response to your comments about our Keep Cups – in efforts to reduce the environmental impact of single use items we have implemented the use of re-usable cups available on board for customers to purchase at a small cost. There is absolutely no pressure to purchase a cup as guest are welcome to bring there own food and drinks as a packed lunch, the cups are available for those who wish to purchase and keep as a souvenir, in purchasing of these cups we provide tea and coffee on board for guests to enjoy during the cruise. We are sorry to hear that the tour was not up to your expectations, as stated our staff makes the upmost effort to ensure the enjoyability of every passenger but we apologise that it was not totally enjoyable for yourself. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here in Picton and hope to have you cruise with us again one day Kind Regards
Written 14 March 2021
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David P
Blenheim, New Zealand44 contributions
Traveler
Took the boat trip leaving 9am went to Cooks Cove for half hour to see Captain Cooks monument. And then to Furneaux for lunch. Took about 1.5 hours. Picked up at 4pm for mail trip home stopping punga cove and couple of other bays. Also stoped to watch the Hetcor Dolphins at play.
Grat trip and captain gave coffee on board, burned to bring your own cup or could buy a reusable one on board for 5 dollars.
Great trip would recommend to every one.
Written 3 March 2021
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S P
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions
A Trip Worth Doing
Feb 2021
We had a wonderful time on the mail boat cruise on Friday. The views are spectacular and our skipper, Ryan, made the experience one to remember. He was very knowledgeable and made the entire trip even more entertaining with his jokes and fun facts. His enthusiasm and passion is admirable. If you’re in the Marlborough Sounds, don’t miss out on this lovely experience! Thanks for a great time.
Written 1 March 2021
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Mark P
Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
Perfection
A really great and informative cruise. Phil the captain knows the history... and a few jokes. Definitely deserves a pay rise. Some interesting wildlife to observe on the way.
Written 19 February 2021
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