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Essential Collection

The Mail Boat Cruise

Access from: Picton


Key info

  • Tour ID: 50461
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Pick up point: Waterfront area of Picton
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Beachcomber Mail Boat

From $129.94pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 50461
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Pick up point: Waterfront area of Picton
  • Activity level: Easy
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Beachcomber Mail Boat

Itinerary

When does my tour start?
- This tour departs daily at 1:30 pm.

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
- The tour is 4 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure. All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

Tour Operates: When Cruise Ship is in Port. (Not suitable for Embarkation/Disembarkation Days)

Come along with us and share the excitement of the Mail Day as our skipper delivers the New Zealand Rural post bags, groceries and anything else that the residents may need!

Operating from Monday to Saturday, no one day is the same as the route changes daily covering a different area delivering the mail. The Beachcomber Mail Boat is the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sounds.

During your cruise the skipper will provide an interesting and informative commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now. Feel free to ask him any questions and keep your camera handy for any wildlife encounters! Take the opportunity to explore Ship Cove read the panels, take pictures or just walk along the beach.

Time permitting, we also like to take a short stop at Historic Ship Cove, named by Captain James Cook in January 1170 before returning to Picton.

This tour departs daily at 1:30pm.

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    Key info

    • Tour ID: 50461
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Pick up point: Waterfront area of Picton
    • Activity level: Easy
    • Optional extras available

    Top highlights

    • Marlborough Sounds
    • Beachcomber Mail Boat

    Itinerary

    When does my tour start?
    - This tour departs daily at 1:30 pm.

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
    - The tour is 4 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure. All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

    Tour Operates: When Cruise Ship is in Port. (Not suitable for Embarkation/Disembarkation Days)

    Come along with us and share the excitement of the Mail Day as our skipper delivers the New Zealand Rural post bags, groceries and anything else that the residents may need!

    Operating from Monday to Saturday, no one day is the same as the route changes daily covering a different area delivering the mail. The Beachcomber Mail Boat is the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sounds.

    During your cruise the skipper will provide an interesting and informative commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now. Feel free to ask him any questions and keep your camera handy for any wildlife encounters! Take the opportunity to explore Ship Cove read the panels, take pictures or just walk along the beach.

    Time permitting, we also like to take a short stop at Historic Ship Cove, named by Captain James Cook in January 1170 before returning to Picton.

    This tour departs daily at 1:30pm.

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Complimentary Tea & Coffee On Board
    Activity Level Scale: 1
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2 km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Local Currency: NZD (New Zealand Dollar)
    Wheelchair Access: Fold up wheelchairs are allowed please inform us upon booking in order for us to make the necessary arrangements.
    What Should you take on your Tour: It is recommended to take sun cream and a sun hat, as at times on this excursion it can get unseasonably hot. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water. Please wear comfortable footwear for this excursion as there is some walking on uneven ground, inclines and steps. Also please don’t forget your fully charged camera, as we don’t want you to miss out on some wonderful memories.

    Joining instructions

    This tour will depart from the main waterfront area of Picton.  Full joining instructions will be provided with the vouchers once the reservation has been made.
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