The Mail has been delivered by boat for over 150 years in the Queen Charlotte Sounds and we are proud to uphold that service! We are the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui making this a truly unique and interesting tour! Designed to take you off the beaten tourist path so you can experience the real Queen Charlotte Sounds / Tōtaranui.
Come along with us on the Mail Boat Cruise and share the excitement of Mail Day as the skipper delivers the New Zealand Rural post bags, groceries and freight to the residents that call the Queen Charlotte Sound waterways home.
Operating in the winter months (1st May - Aug 31st 2022) Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, no one day is the same as the route changes daily covering a different area delivering the Mail. People Each mail route has its own highlights. Sit back and relax, take in our skippers amazing wealth of knowledge as they provide an interesting and informative commentary. Take in the vistas of the waterways of the Queen Charlotte Sounds, Keep your camera handy for any wildlife encounters!
What are we doing on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays? We still have people to pick up and drop off so if we reach minimum numbers we will open a session for you to book an afternoon cruise, please call our reservations team 035736175 to discuss your travel options.
Beachcomber Cruises are proud to say we no longer use single use cups, we sell our own keep cups so you can enjoy tea and coffee on board selected vessels.
* Please advise us prior to booking if you have an evening travel connection *
The arrival time back into Picton is an estimate only which varies each day and is dependent upon a number of factors including the route, how much mail there is to deliver and how many pick ups/drop offs we have along the way. During the warmer months we generally arrive back at the later estimated time, in winter it tends to be earlier. If time is limited please let us know at the time of booking so we can discuss the best option for you.
Tour Best Bits
Delivering mail to the local residents; say hi to the kids waiting for their school work
View the resident wildlife and marine mammals such as New Zealand Fur Seals and visiting dolphins
Learn the history of the Queen Charlotte Sound and its residents from your friendly skipper