Water activity

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise from Picton

Activity provider: Beachcomber Cruises

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise from Picton

Activity provider: Beachcomber Cruises

From US$ 62.68 per person

Enjoy a scenic afternoon cruise on a working mail boat to share the excitement of Mail Day. Join the skipper as they deliver post, groceries and freight to the residents that call the sound's waterways home.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Deliver mail to the local residents and say 'hi' to the kids waiting for their schoolwork
  • Admire wildlife and marine mammals like New Zealand Fur Seals and visiting dolphins
  • Learn the history of the Queen Charlotte Sound and its residents from your friendly skipper
  • Step ashore at Ship Cove, a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook's, during the summer months
Full description
Climb aboard the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound for a truly unique and interesting tour! Join in the excitement of Mail Day as the skipper delivers the New Zealand Rural post bags, groceries and freight to the residents that call the Queen Charlotte Sound waterways home. The Mail has been delivered by boat for over 150 years in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Admire Marlborough Sounds' magnificent scenery and take a glimpse into daily life in the remote outposts of this region. Operating from Monday to Saturday, no one day is the same. The route changes daily, covering a different area and delivering the mail. During your cruise your skipper will provide interesting and informative commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now. Feel free to ask questions and keep your camera handy for any wildlife encounters.
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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    Meeting point

    Please meet at the Beachcomber Cruises Office. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Weather-appropriate clothing
    • Sports shoes

    Know before you go

    • You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks to consume on board
    • Please advise at time of booking if you have a connection or are a cruise ship passenger
    • Closed-toe walking shoes suitable for walking are recommended
    • Not accessible for motorized wheelchairs
    • The stop at Ship Cove is only available during summer months (1 October to 30 April)
    • Tea and coffee is available to purchase prior to your departure for $6, which includes a complimentary "Keep Cup" to take away with you
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 141 reviews

    Review summary

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    We'd heard that this cruise was novel, fun, and the best way to see the sounds - and it was all of that. The boat was spacious, and no chance of getting sea sick because the water is calm and the boat is very stable. The route changes daily and you get an up close view of the lovely coves and bays where some lucky people have made their home or holiday batch.

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    March 15, 2021

    Awesome trip to see parts of Queen Charlotte Sound that you don't see on Ferry was great delivering mail to people who live in secluded areas. Phil the skipper gave excellent commentary of history around this area, was a very pleasant person to be touring with as he made us feel very relaxed plus welcome.

    August 2, 2020

    September 15, 2022

    Product ID: 179879