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Beachcomber Cruises

The Waterfront | Corner of London Quay & Wellington St, Picton, New Zealand
+64 3-573 6175
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USD 72.02*
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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
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USD 60.61*
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
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USD 59.19*
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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton
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Family owned and operated, Beachcomber Fun Cruises is one of the major operators on the Queen Charlotte Track and take great pleasure in offering a selection of boat trips through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - these include their world famous Magic Mail Run and a host of Scenic Cruises, easy and quick day trips are covered with their lunch'n'cruises. They also have a host of flexible trips that let customers explore the wonderful Queen Charlotte Track. Beachcomber Fun Cruises is a Qualmark endorsed visitor activity.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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The Waterfront | Corner of London Quay & Wellington St, Picton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely day exploring the Marlborough Sounds with Skipper Julian. He was informative, friendly and gave us a terrific afternoon. He is an asset to the company. Apart from the scenery a highlight is seeing the various dogs waiting on jetties for the boat...More

Thank jrms82a
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi jrms82a Thanks for taking the time to write us a reveiw on TripAdvisor, we are really pleased to hear that you had a great time out on the Mail Boat with Julian. He certainly does do a fantastic job! Again thanks so much for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had a delightful afternoon cruising the the Sounds with our captain Phil who was both informative on the area and very entertaining. Don't miss this wonderful experience if you are visiting Picton. We were lucky to enjoy fine weather and calm seas.More

Thank Julie R
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julie R Thank you very much for the great reveiw on TripAdvisor! We are really thrilled to hear that you had a great time out cruising with Phil, he certainly is great entertainment for the afternoon! Its awesome to hear that you could take...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the mail run cruise. Beautiful sunny day very calm water. Phil the captain ws informative and seemed knowledgeable. Lovely seeing all the different houses while delivering mail. Would highly recommend. Great for any age.More

Thank DEBB1964
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi DEBB1964 Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a reveiw on TripAdvisor! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed the Mail Boat Cruise, its certainly is a very interesting and exciting trip that we enjoy very much so...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017

We did the Wednesday Cruise and next time would choose a day to go to another part of the Sound. The weather was disappointing as the cloud ceiling was very low and didn't see any dolphins. We saw some shags and seals. But the trip...More

Thank Alys847
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Alys847 Thank you for taking the time to write us a reveiw on TripAdvisor! We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on the cruise with us and that you enjoyed the commentary. We hope to have you travel with us...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

My partner and I did the Settlers Cove tour this morning. An amazing experience....due mainly to the local knowledge of Phil the cruise captain. He made sure that we wer

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi ippy61 Thank you for taking the time to write us a reveiw on TripAdvisor! We are really happy to hear that you had an excellent time out on the cruise with Phil. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, Kind Regards The BC team

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Used to get to start of Queen Charlotte Track and for pack transfer service. Very polite, helpful and accomodating - especially when we finished the track before pick up time- they collected us early which was great as we avoided a downpour.More

Thank amanda975
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi amanda975 Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a fantastic reveiw on TripAdvisor! We are really thrilled to hear that you guys had a great time out on the Queen Charlotte Track - glad to hear you avoided that rain...More

Reviewed 27 July 2017

I used Beachcomber Cruises to take me over to my accommodation at Punga Cove. Due to the small number of passengers, we took a smaller boat which meant Julian (our driver) managed to take us up close to a pod of dolphins which was a...More

Thank knowlesie13
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Hi Knowlesie13, Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. It sounds like you have had a wonderful time including a wonderful viewing of the dolphins. Winter is a great time for wildlife as encounters become more regular. We are...More

Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic cruise around the Marlborough sounds with an excellent skipper who took time and stopped when sightings of dolphins. Doing the mail run was very cool especially for our teenagers who thoroughly enjoyed giving biscuits to the dogs waiting at the varying...More

Thank Maree H
BeachcomberPicton, Front office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hi Maree, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write us a reveiw. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time. Winter is a wonderful time to visit as wildlife encounters are more conman. We hope you enjoy the rest...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

So glad we did this.....Decided to do the mail run cruise and all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Phil was a great host, genuinely interested in making it fun for everyone. My boys Murphy and jackson both loved it and it was great just to...More

Thank Mel C
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Staff at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Hi Mel, It sounds to me you had a great time. We really are so lucky to have the ability to show you whats just on our door step. Our skippers are all locals who each have different speciality's and we are ever so glad...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017

Beautiful scenery, loads of interesting information and 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to deliver mail.More

Thank blenheimpalms
BeachcomberPicton, Reservations at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write us a reveiw. We a glad to hear you had a great time on the mail run. We could not agree more about a once in a life time opportunity. The mail run is just that...More

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They have cruises that go for 2hrs in the morning or for 4-5hrs in the afternoon. Definitely back by 530-6pm...
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