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Beachcomber Fun Cruises

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Address: The Waterfront, Picton, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 6175
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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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$59*
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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton
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$73*
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Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise
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$61*
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

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We used the Beachcomber to get to Outward Bound at Anakiwa, and it was a perfect trip through the Sound. Great friendly staff, and a clean and tidy boat.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
JPops2013
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We used the Beachcomber to get to Outward Bound at Anakiwa, and it was a perfect trip through the Sound. Great friendly staff, and a clean and tidy boat.

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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329 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We boarded our catamaran at Resolution Bay and got off at Picton after a delightful journey in the Marlborough Sounds. There were seats facing the sun or protected in shadow, inside and outside. Our skipper explained everything linked to the picturesque bays and the rich wildlife of the waters, pointing at small blue penguins, fur seals, paradise ducks and New... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a truly remarkable trip. What a way to see the Marlborough Sounds, just sit back and relax on board as they deliver the residents mail and goods. Meet the locals and their dogs who come down to the waterfront for a treat. There was tea and coffee on board, we were able to bring our own snacks. The... More 

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Thank Holidays1023
BeachcomberPicton, Front Office Manager at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

Hi Holidays 1023, Thank you so much for your most wonderful review of our Magic Mail Run. We love catching up with the locals and their curious pets who come down for a well deserved treat! We hope to see you again in the future! Kind Regards, The Beachcomber Cruises Team More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderfully fun trip to Ship Cove on Monday morning - thanks to our informative, friendly & professional host Julian! Well worth it!!

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Thank Brewbloke
BeachcomberPicton, front office at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

thank you Brewbloke for your awesome review! we are so glad you enjoyed your time with our skipper Julian! he certainly blushed a little bit when he read this review. thank you so much and we hope to see you in the near furture. kind regards the Beachcomber Cruises team More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hopping on the Mail boat cruise in the middle of August was the best decision we've made in Picton! We got to see the whole Marlborough Sound under a totally different angle. Bruce, our skipper was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and since this was the low season, we were only a very small group and had more time to... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, front office at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

hi there Robin and Laura thank you so much for your most wonderful review!! we are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your trip! the unforgettable footage that you have captured is just outstanding words cannot describe how talented you and the beautiful Laura are! we hope to see you again soon thank you so much kind regards the Beachcomber Cruises... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This boat leaves Picton every day at 1.30 with different routes on different days. Byo ( but maybe bring glasses too). The skipper gives a running commentary of wild life places and passengers ( after they have disembarked). The rest of us are along for ride as boat drops off mail and provisions at homes in the sounds with only... More 

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Thank antnChris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Even though it was an overcast day we absolutely loved the cruise. It was informative and enjoyable. We even stopped to see the dolphins! The driver was very friendly and ended up inspiring us to explore much more of the south island than we had planned to. Next time we would definitely do one of the day hikes.

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Thank Melanie O
BeachcomberPicton, front office at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

hi there Melanie O, Thank you so much for your awesome review, we are so glad to hear that you had an amazing time even though the weather was not cooperative. and for one of our skippers to inspire you with his unbelievable knowledge, really is a confidence boost for our team! we are so happy to hear! we wish... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

What a great way to spend the afternoon. The great skipper with lots of knowledge and the dolphins frolicking in the waves. Perfect to see how other people live in the extreme environment. What a great way to spend life. Would recommend this adventure for everyone

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Ballina, Australia
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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

This would be our second time on the mailboat cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed this experience so much that we took friends on it. Our skipper was very knowledgeable about the area and our highlight were the local dogs waiting for their bones at each delivery.

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

Hi Tashaevans, Thank you for your your most wonderful review of our Magic Mail Run! We are so glad that you were able to travel with us a second time! Our skippers are so passionate about what they do, and it has much to do with our amazing guests on board! So, thank you! Kind Regards, The Beachcomber Cruises Team! More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Went on the mailboat cruise, what a fantastic time was had by myself and grandchildren. The skipper of the boat was exceptional in his knowledge of the sounds, To see dogs rushing down the wharfs to meet the boat and get the mailbags was just great to watch , even if the skipper was giving them treats !! We even... More 

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BeachcomberPicton, front office at Beachcomber Fun Cruises, responded to this review

hi there susanrU1039LCH, Thank you so much for your review. we are so happy to here that you and your grandchildren enjoyed your time on our infamous mail run. The sounds is filled with some amazing and awesome residents and we are so glad you appreciate that! The beachcomber team would love to have you and your grandchildren back on... More 

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