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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

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Picton, New Zealand
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Visit the remote communities of Queen Charlotte Sound aboard a working mail boat. This scenic 4-hour boat cruise departs Picton in the afternoon and makes New Zealand Post rural delivery service along different routes each day of the week. Experience the lifestyle of the Marlborough Sounds firsthand as the boat captain shares regional history and stories of these isolated hamlets. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee on board and disembark for a 15-minute stop at Ship Cove (1st Oct to 30th April).
  • 4-hour cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound on the mail boat, from Picton
  • Travel with the only official New Zealand Post rural water delivery service in the region
  • See remote communities in the Marlborough Sounds, which constitute a fifth of New Zealand’s coastline
  • Visit Ship Cove (1st Oct to 30th April), a favorite anchorage of Captain Cook and site of early contact between Maoris and Europeans
  • Learn about the history of the region from your experienced captain
  • Disembark at Ship Cove to see the Captain Cook memorial, Maori wood carvings and stroll along the beach
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Live commentary on board
Restroom on board
Food
Hotel pickup and drop-off
1 London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Queen Charlotte Sound
Cruise through the tranquil waterways of the Queen Charlotte Sound, see wildlife and native flora and fauna along the way
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • Please note that this tour departs sharply on schedule at 1:30pm
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beachcomber Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise.

Traveler Tips


  • "If you sit up top, I recommend a warm jacket even on a sunny day and that your hat is tied on." See review
  • "The postal run itself was fascinating, and it was very interesting in some cases to approach a jetty and collect/deliver post where the property itself couldn't be seen from the boat!" See review
  • "The cruise lasted longer than we anticipated: need to extend our parking to 5 hours." See review

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Highly Recommended
Lynn_P
, Apr 2021
Lovely afternoon out on the sound. Beautiful boat, great commentary from the skipper. Highly recommend this cruise.
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Brilliant
Michelle_M
, Apr 2021
Amazing scenery informative guide wonderful afternoon def do it again The old whaling station brilliant
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Mail Boat Cruise
David_M
, Apr 2021
Great scenery. Was great to be able to get off and walk part of the track to The lodge. Would do it again and recommend to others. Good to see abit of our own backyard.
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The whole trip was good ....
Steve_H
, Mar 2021
The whole trip was good . The skipper was full of knowledge. Was cool to stop at that retreat for look around
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Extremely enjoyable
Jenny_D
, Mar 2021
The skipper was very friendly and very informative. We enjoyed getting off at Furneaux Lodge having a look around and a drink.
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Excellent
Colin
, Mar 2021
Wonderful trip along with a first class Skipper with total knowledge of the sounds. Colin & Barbara. Thank you.
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Exceptional Charlotte sounds
Dianne_Stevenson
, Mar 2021
Exceptional tour. Exceptional host and treats from the locals. We will definitely return and do another route next time.
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Queen Charlotte sound mail boat trip
Stephen_B
, Mar 2021
The trip on the mail boat was brilliant with beautiful scenery and a very knowledgeable commentary from the skipper, learned a lot of history for the area and visited places only boats can get to of course, highly recommended, thanks heaps 👍8
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Lovely cruise through the Sounds
David_J
, Feb 2021
Just enjoyed cruising through the Sounds. All the feeding blue cod were fascinating. Made me hungry!
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Mail boat ride
Darryl_K
, Feb 2021
We got the mail boat to eastern bay, thoroughly enjoyed the trip and commentary with the captain who is obviously engaged and loves his job, highly recommended, AAA
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Product code: 6607MAILBOAT

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