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Beachcomber Fun Cruises

Address: The Waterfront, Picton, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 6175
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: Family owned and operated, Beachcomber Fun Cruises is one of the major operators on the Queen...
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Owner description: 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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HKG and San Francisco, Calif.
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting cruise around the sound on a mail run. The captain was very knowledgeable and provided lots of local color and insight, such as what it REALLY costs to buy a piece of empty land ($) -- then get the permits to build on it ($$) -- then get the power, septic, etc. put in ($$$) -- and THEN build... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Lemmonherk Thank you for writing a review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do that for us and its always great to hear such positive comments. Look forward to seeing you in Picton again soon. The team at Beachcomber Cruises More 

Bathurst, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We got lucky. The day we had booked to go on the mail run was calm and sunny with not a cloud in the sky - a perfect day to see beautiful Queen Charlottle Sound and the Mail Run the perfect way to do so. The five hour trip visits numerous small bays with a stop at Ship Cove before... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Rossimana2013 Thank you so much for taking time to write a review for us and glad you had a good experience travelling with us. We look forward to seeingyou in Picton again soon. The team at Beachcomber Cruises More 

Christchurch NZ
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Was on our must do list, and with family here from Holland was the perfect opportunity. This is a wonderful cruise around our lovely Marlborough Sounds. The boat is a catamaran so very smooth trip on the water. Jason our Captain was great, gave an interesting commentary on a variety of things we saw. Pulled into many bays and jetty's... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Almya Thank you so much for taking time to write a review for us. We are glad you enjoyed travelling with us on the mail run and had an enjoyable afternoon. Hope to see you in Picton again soon. The team at Beachcomber Cruises More 

Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Beachcomber staff very attentive, and provided informative and thoughtful commentary. We saw green parakeets, saddle backs, tui and robins,The island is very small and there is only one path, to the top of it. This takes 30 minutes to get to the top and thirty minutes back unless you really rush it. We only had an hour on the island... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

HI Ian, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about us. Great to hear that you saw a range of birds on whilst on Motuara island, we are sorry that it was not enough time on the island, we have changed the timing on the website to now match our brochure. We are sorry for the inconvenience... More 

Wirral, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This was probably the most outstanding day of a superb holiday in NZ. A 5 hour cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound with an interesting commentary from Jason, the postie. I can only confirm what the other posters have said about the quality of the trip. We were fortunate in having good weather but I kind of envy the person who... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for amazing review, We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Mail Boat cruise and our Skipper Jason's company for the afternoon, he sure knows his stuff. We are so lucky to have Queen Charlotte Sounds are our playground, Please come back a visit us again soon, Many thanks The Beachcomber Cruises Team. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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106 reviews 106 reviews
28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

We did one of their day trips and took the boat at 9 am then dropped off at Ship Cove and picked up at Furneaux at 5.20 pm. The boat ride was very pleasant with a commentary on the way there. There was free tea and coffee and two toilets. The trip cost $77 there and back. We did not... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

HI Angela, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time on the Queen Charlotte Track, Many thanks Team at Beachcomber Cruises. More 

Westport, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I took my 4 children on this amazing trip not once but twice as it was that good. Jason was the perfect Captain and explained the history of the sounds. We thoroughly enjoyed being on the catamaran which for my children was the first time ever on a boat. We were privileged on the second trip as Jason stopped so... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hello Mumof 4 :) Thank you so much for taking the time to write a amazing review for us, We are so glad you and the kids had a great time cruising with Jason, I bet you are glad you decided to go on the second day with the dolphins been back in the Sounds, We look forward to seeing... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Booked this through a third party website. Have travelled with these guys before. Check in was a breeze. Friendly informative staff. The boat was clean and tidy. Free tea and coffee. It was a dark old day in Picton when I did this trip. Misty clouds and mist off the water gave it an eerie feel. I stood out the... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

HI John, Thank you for your nice review, we are happy to hear you are returning customer.. The Queen Charlotte Sounds is beautiful in all sorts of weather so im glad you decided still to go even the sun wasn't shining. We hope to see you again Many thanks The Team at Beachcomber Cruises. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We had an enjoyable ride to our Ship Cove kayaking tour and it was a wonderful start to our New Zealand vacation! We enjoyed the complimentary coffee & tea and on the ride home we became friends with Levi - please tell him Abby & Jonny say hi!

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

HI Abby and Jonny, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, We will pass your pess onto Levi (he is back at school now) Many thanks The Team at Beachcomber Cruises. More 

Dollar, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Had a super 6 hour cruise on the mail boat round Marlborough Sounds. Weather was great. Catamaran mail boat does between 16 and 20 knots and visits all the distant settlements which can't be reached by road. Jason is the default captain and does the whole business himself, carrying goods, mail and passengers. The video on the website gives a... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review, Yes, Jason definitely does a great job multi tasking on the Mail Boat feeding the animals and delivering the mail. Many thanks The Team at Beachcomber Cruises. More 

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