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Picton: Mail Run Cruise - Queen Charlotte Sound

Experience the stunning Queen Charlotte Sounds aboard the Magic Mail Boat for an epic half day cruise!


  • Deliver mail and groceries to the residents in the Queen Charlotte Sounds
  • Watch the children as they wait on the wharf to receive their school work
  • Watch the dogs on the wharf waiting for their treat from our skipper

Join Beachcomber Cruises - the only officially licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui for a unique half-day cruise!

For over 150 years, residents along the Queen Charlotte Sounds waterways have been receiving their mail by boat and we are proud to uphold that service.

We invite you onboard to share the excitement as your skipper delivers the mail and experience the real Queen Charlotte Sounds, off the beaten tourist track. Each day is different as the mail route changes to cover different areas but all will be just as scenic!

Sit back and relax as the skipper provides you with interesting commentary while you take in the stunning scenery from the excellent viewing areas.

Available to purchase for $5 in the office before you depart are Beachcomber Cruises keep cups, we no longer use single-use cups onboard our vessels due to the huge environmental impact. Upon purchase of a Beachcomber Cruises keep cup guests can enjoy tea and coffee onboard for the duration of the tour.

Adult $107.00
Child $63.00 (5-14 years old)
Infant $0.00 (0-4 years old)


  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience


  • Departs from Beachcomber Cruises - The Waterfront, Corner of London Quay and Wellington St, Picton.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • IMPORTANT - Please Note: Due to the nature of our trips we have a strict check-in policy. All participants must arrive and check-in at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled trip time. Failure to do so may result in the forfeit of your ticket and will be strictly non-refundable or transferable.

    Hot Deal Specials: The operator in very rare occasions, not withstanding all endeavours, may have to reschedule the time slightly if load requirements dictate and or refund on rare occasions.

    Check-in time: 1:00pm

    Departure time: 1:30pm

    Arrive back in Picton: 5:30pm - 6:00pm

  • Parking: Car parking can be found at the bottom of Wellington Street and is $5.00 per day, please pay as you park by entering your number plate in the machine.

Available Bookings from December 06 to December 12

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 6 Dec
Tue 7 Dec
Wed 8 Dec
Thu 9 Dec
Fri 10 Dec
Sat 11 Dec
Sun 12 Dec

  • Adult$107.00
  • Child$63.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$75.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$63.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$63.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$107.00
  • Child$63.00
  • Infant Free

  • Adult$75.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$63.00
  • Infant Free

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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felicitaso from Germany wrote on 20 March 2020

Amazing Afternoon!

This deal is definitely worth it! It was a beautiful day and the scenery is stunning! I enjoyed it so much that I want to come back again to do a different route...

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Mary-Anne from New Zealand wrote on 31 March 2019


We had glorious sunshine and smooth seas which is pretty standard for the Marlborough Sounds. Loved cruising into the bays you wouldn't usually get to see and the short break to get on land and explore Cooks Cove was fabulous. Great trip with stunning views the whole way.

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From Picton: Mail Run Cruise - Queen Charlotte Sound

Hi Mary-Anne, You are quite right Marlborough always has sunny and beautiful :) Thank you for choosing to travel with us we are so happy to hear that you had a great time. We hope to see you again one day

Gail Tudor from New Zealand wrote on 15 April 2021

Great afternoon out

Ryan, the skipper, gave us a most informative running commentary on the way out to the sounds. Thoroughly enjoyable 4+ hours out not the water.

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susank1 from New Zealand wrote on 11 March 2021

queens Charlotte sound mail run

due to bad weather we didn't see good view. if there is a short walk for customer, will be great

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shonam from New Zealand wrote on 06 April 2021

A great afternoon out on the water

A thoroughly enjoyable experience, Ryan's mail run commentary gave a great insight to life in the Sounds for the families that have no road access. Getting alongside a pod of dolphins was the icing on the cake. A wee mishap at one pier delayed the trip slightly but was handled well and professionally. Highly recommended.

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    Child 5-14 years old

      Infant * 0-4 years old

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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