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Beachcomber Cruises

#2 of 24 Tours in Picton
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Address: The Waterfront | Corner of London Quay & Wellington St, Picton, New Zealand
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Family owned and operated, Beachcomber Fun Cruises is one of the major...

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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USD 71.28*
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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
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USD 59.76*
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton
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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

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Julian for Employee of the Month

My wife and I walked the first day of the Queen Charlotte track using Beachcomber to access Ships Cove to start and returning from Furneaux Lodge. It’s a fabulous day walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I walked the first day of the Queen Charlotte track using Beachcomber to access Ships Cove to start and returning from Furneaux Lodge. It’s a fabulous day walk – well worth pausing in Picton to complete. The ferry service was excellent, Julian – the skipper – was excellent, full of funny stories and anecdotes. He spotted dolphins... More 

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Thank Colin H
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I used them for the cruise to the Bird sanctuary island with the walk to Punga Cove from another Lodge. The island wildlife sanctuary was fantastic but one hour was not enough. I saw lots of birds close up.It was better than a zoo aviary. My walk was a bit less successful I am 70 years old and an extremely... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were in Picton and wanted to see the Queen Charlotte Sound by boat. The tour went a few hours and the captain provided good commentary on the area and historical points along the way. We made two walking stops both related to Captain Cook. The first was at the top of a small island in the Sound where Cook... More 

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Thank Richard W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Phil really enjoyed a bounce on rosie's full suspension on the back deck... while we all had a great time warming up on his big boat. Jokes aside- great service, interesting commentary, on time, bags were waiting for us, great value for money. Thanks for a great trip!

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Thank Kathryn M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Captain Phil kept us entertained on the hour to Ship Cove and the 40 minute return at the end of the ride. Smooth ride and excellent bike transport. And, yes, the cabin was heated.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took the beachcomber cruise to do a one day hike along the queen charlotte track. We stopped off at Moturara island in the morning, then walked from ship cove to furnaux lodge. Personally, I was more than happy with the Moturara Island hike. The other four hour hike became rather repetitive because the scenery looked more or less the... More 

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Thank Sheila514
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful relaxing way to while away a few hours among the most spectacular scenery. Highlight was seeing the little dog soooo excited waiting for his dog biscuit. Yes, we would do it again.

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Thank Janni_NZAuckland
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a reserved a water taxi departing at 9:00 am with a pick up return of 11:30 am. We didn't leave until 9:25 am and were left stranded by Beachcombers. After asking another operator to call Beachcombers at 12:05 pm, they still didn't show up until 12:25 pm. This delay meant we were late for another booked excursion and... More 

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Thank elizabethlincoln
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this review

Hi elizabethlincoln Thank you for taking the time to write us a TripAdvisor review, we really appreciate your comments. I'm sorry that you did not have a good time out with us on this day, however we feel that our staff did the best that we could to rectify the situation in hand. When you checked in with your reservation... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cruise to Motuara Island was a fantastic choice to have a varietyof experinces of Queen Charlotte sound. The cruise out to the bird sanctuary was wonderful, the skipper was chatty and stopped to allow us time to see a pod of dolphins. The walk on Motuara Island was not too strenuous and we saw lots of birds before heading... More 

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Thank Rachel W
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Rachel W thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review on TripAdvisor. We are very happy to hear that you had a great time at Motuara Island with us, and also having the added bonus of dolphins im sure made for a really good morning. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday! More 

Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great trip, very informative skipper - Julian - full of info on the sounds. We saw King Cormarants as well as the more common birds, he even spotted some Hectors dolphins. The boat was clean, comfy and coffee after the Ships Cove stop.

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Thank DerekRhodes
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office at Beachcomber Cruises, responded to this review

Hi DerekRhodes Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review on TripAdvisor, we really appreciate your comments! having the dolphins make a surprise turnout really does add a little something extra to the trip. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip, Many Thanks and Safe Travels More 

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