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Beachcomber Mail Boat Cruise - Queen Charlotte Sound

Picton is a seaside town, located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and accessible by the waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Despite being a small town, Picton doesn’t fall short on providing things to do for those looking to experience a bit of New Zealand. For those after a unique holiday activity; a Mail Boat Cruise with Beachcomber Cruises may be just the ticket.

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The Beachcomber Mail Boat is one of a kind; being the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural delivery service operated on in the water of Queen Charlotte Sound.  There are many locals who live nestled in the beautiful bays of the Queen Charlotte Sound, who rely on the Beachcomber Mail Boat to deliver mail and groceries. Joining a Mail Boat cruise is a unique opportunity to view the spectacular bays of Queen Charlotte Sound as well as gain some insight into the way of life of people living in the Sound.

Beachcomber Mail Boat

The Beachcomber Mail Boat docked on the Queen Charlotte Sound

Beachcomber Cruises offer their Mail Boat cruise every day except Sunday. Departure time is 1.30pm from Picton and return is at about 5.30 – 6.00pm. Each day on the Mail Boat Cruise is different, and time of return is dependent on how much mail needs to be delivered on a particular day. 

If time allows, your skipper will stop somewhere for a site visit, maybe Ship Cove or one of the resorts in the Endeavour inlet.

 Ship Cove

Ship Cove and the beginning of Queen Charlotte Track

Then it’s time to get back on the Mail Boat and cruise back to Picton in time for dinner, perhaps making a few more deliveries on the way.

Beachcomber Cruises’ Mail Boat Cruise makes for a great afternoon out while in Picton, especially in the Summer months when the sun shines off the sparkling waters of Queen Charlotte Sound.

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Keytag Bonus:

Receive a 10% discount on cruises and day walks upon presentation of your Omega keytag:


The Mailboat Cruise         Departs 1:30pm

Ship Cove Cruise              Departs 9:00am

Day walks:

Ship Cove to Furneaux lodge      Departs 9:00am year round, Summer 8:00am (Oct –April)

Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove Departs 9:00am year round

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