Beachcomber Fun Cruises

Beachcomber Fun Cruises

Mail Boat Cruise Picton

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Walker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Took a trip with Beachcomber Cruises to Ships Cove to start the walk and collected afterwards from Furneaux Lodge. Walk was superb - loved it - good weather helped. The cruise was good, with some interesting commentary but not enough as to who Captain Cook was, why he came, what he was doing and who is Queen Charlotte? This extra information would have been very interesting.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Pekka and Jonna

Finland

Ranking: 9/10

Very knowledgeable captain, with a lot of interesting details about the area. Obviously, the area itself is fantastic and has to be seen by boat to be truly appreciated.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Joanna and Shaun

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Caught the Beachcomber ferry out to Ship Cove where we did a 15km walk to Endeavour Inlet - amazing views over the Sounds - you won't believe your eyes!!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Sanne Meijer

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Saw dolphins on our way to the Queen Charlotte Track. Totally unexpected and I loved it!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Erik Nestlez

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We saw dolphins of the tour, this was awesome just a little bit expensive, especially when you would not see dolphins (we just drove to Ship Cove).

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jenny Finch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Did the Queen Charlotte Track with Beachcomber and it was a great service, brilliant walk.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Benjamin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very well organised and friendly shippers. They told us all about the Marlborough Sounds, the history etc. Highly recommendable!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Ian Garner

England

Ranking: 6/10

Morning taxi to Queen Charlotte Track was very efficient. Return taxi was substituted by the mail boat, but was one hour late in arriving.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Claire Jenkins

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Loved this trip. Jason was an excellent guide and passionate about the natural environment. Loved the dogs which met us at each jetty and found the atmosphere at the Captain Cook beach peaceful and ancient. A most excellent afternoon.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Brita Topp

Cambodia

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely beautiful mail boat run on a Wednesday with a very attentive, informed and caring (environment) and enthusiastic post man! It was wonderful and interesting, rain no hassele for catching good spirits! And, on of the most awesome, nicest, beautiful places is Ship Cove, where we had half an hour wonderful stay.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Karin Strahle

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting, nice scenery, good service.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Goran Strahle

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting information during tour. Good service before the tour.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Mark Wiggington

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Walked a section of the Queen Charlotte Track. We had booked a short walk, too short, so were advised to try a different walk but did not charge us any more - thoughtful and helpful! Skipper funny and informative!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Jackie and Brian

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Booked water taxi to Ship Cove collection from Endeavour Inlet, Realised everyone else was going to Motuora Island for one and a half hours then collected and moved on. Can we change our plan? No problem. Very friendly, knowledgable chap. Great service.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Megan Child

England

Ranking: 9/10

Easy and convenient service. Some good information from boat driver heading out of to the Marlborough Sounds. We received a 10% discount with our Top 10 card. We got to do a couple of the mail deliveries around the Sounds on the way back which was great.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Carly Braddock

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Friendly, laid back team, clean boat and a nice way to get a taste of the Sounds, would have appreciated refreshments on the cruise!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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D R Valentine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very good.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gerd Pagel

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Henriette Haugan

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Super guide and beautiful nature.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Edward Marhi

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

On the end of the walk, we had to wait 1 hour for the boat, but we should be at the end on time!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Ken Jones

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting, worthwhile trip, seating a bit cramped.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Desma Frampton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Guide very informative and good host.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Beth and Daisy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Good view of Queen Charlotte Sounds, little bit too long.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Sue Top

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Well informed, interesting variety of sights and activities.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Thelia Beament

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely fab, the skipper gave us loads of info. You had the choice to be dropped off and picked up.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Simon Vickers

England

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent. Skipper was very informative and knowledgable. We had a longer trip than we actually paid for. Lovely scenery. Excellent trip and value for money.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Strieson

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Pleasant skipper with excellent craft.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Callum Sibbald

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Great tour guide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jenny & Barry Sleeman

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Fabulous. Took all afternoon and was well worth the money.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Faucon

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very good trip but the guide speaks very quickly for us.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Liz Dolman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Mailboat run around Queen Charlotte Sound with excellent commentary about the history of the area.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jill Dean

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very entertaining and knowledgable guide/boat captain etc. Had to wait an hour for the boat to collect us but a nice day and a lovely place to wait.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Roger Lows

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Cleanliness of boat was excellent, skipper was passionate of his maori heritage, his sense of humous ensured everyones day was enjoyable. Every mail stop dog was given dog biscuits!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ross Hughes

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Staff friendly and helpful. Cruise good.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Olivia Carvill

England

Ranking: 8/10

Pricey but good. Not sure $80 worth but a lovely morning out.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Fred West

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent, well informed Maori 'captain' (Jason). A mine of detail about history, flora and fauna.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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dollimyxture

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent the best thing we did on out 3 week tour of the south island.

Did the 8.00am nature cruise was well worth the early start! The scenery is fantastic. There were dolphins jumping in the wake of the boat, the walk on the bird sanctuary island was lovely. We saw blue penguins in their nesting boxes, so cute. They gave us an info sheet with a list of the birds you could spot, which was fun. One cheeky little bird even landed on another tourists head!

The stop at ships cove was nice but not quite long enough as there was a line for the ladies. The cruise back was on the mail boat which was fab. The skipper had a good commentary which was a good mix of being informative and a bit of banter!

The trip was billed as being 3hrs but we didn't get back til between 1 - 1.30pm which suited us just fine! Great value for money, the staff really make every effort to give guests a great experience.

This boat trip made me fall in love with the sounds and I hope to return to do the queen charlotte track soon!!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Lizzie

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

I did this on a Sunday, so with no mail to deliver we got a bonus visit to Motuara Island. This would be better if there were more places to sit and watch/listen to the birds. The cruise itself was very enjoyable despite the drizzle and I enjoyed the visit to Ship Cove; always welcome a chance to pay my respects to one of my heroes and one of the world's greatest navigators. The Sounds were, as always, beautiful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Werner Zuis

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Enjoyable trip, boat a bit small inside.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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Don & Geraldine

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Very good afternoon.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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allesca

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent trip. Really good information from the skipper and the scenery is fantastic. Seeing dolphins on the way back were a bonus. Nice vessel, well-equipped and comfortable. Highly recommended.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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HarryHaz

Brazil

Ranking: 10/10

The Magic Mail Run.
Wonderful experience we had :)

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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ally freesrom

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Apsolutly fantastic!
we had such a awesome time with beachaomber cruises. skipper knew what he was doing, and his comentry about the sounds was so good,
staff were great they knew what they were talking about.we learnt alot about the sounds and would recomened it to any one !

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Marian Demients-deJongh

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Good skipper, bad weather, no passengers but us. Mail calls were called off because of the wind - the skipper took all the time to show us around.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Deidre Graham

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Helen & the team @ Beachcomber are the best! Helen was absolutely fantatsic with assisting with the organisation of our mountain bike adventure along the spectacular Queen Charlotte track - she made useful recommendations and was a huge help making the organisation of this adventure a breeze. The trip out to Ship Cove was special - we were taken to a pod of dolphins and finding our bags at each accommodation spot was a relief after a long day on the bike! On our return Helen even came out to greet us and to hear how our trip went. Outstanding service - would highly recommend Beachcomber.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Dieter Groscurth

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

mail ship Marlborough Sound.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ivo Braakhuis

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Cruise along the Queen Charlotte track including a 3 hour hike tour. Scenery was nice, but expected more. Everything looks more or less the same.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ed & Pat Mitchell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A one off enjoyable trip along Queen Charlotte Sound, delivering mail to isolated homes.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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joe Reibli

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

The pick up times at the end of the trail was too early 3:30pm ish.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Hansjoerg Ehrmann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Daytrip on Queen Charlotte track: time of return of the boat was 1 hour later than announced. Service on the boat was perfect.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Heino keyssler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

A little bit more service would have been wonderful.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Bernard Misfud

France

Ranking: 9/10

A nice day from Picton for a day walking in the Queen Charlotte track. The kindness of the boatman.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Hannes Ockerman

Sweden

Ranking: 4/10

Tried charging the wrong price. On time, reliable service.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Elinor Wajngot

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

Good service but tried to fool us to pay more.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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mikeel

England

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent trip. Very friendly, reasonable price, great 5 hour tour.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Gustave Badeau

France

Ranking: 10/10

Beachcomber Fun Croisières was excellent! Nous reviendrons dans un futur proche. Le personnel est serviable, et le bateau prend de visualiser les paysages les plus étonnants de la Nouvelle-Zélande Marlborough Sounds. Je vous remercie Beachcomber!

In english I say-
Beachcomber Fun Cruises were excellent! We will returning in the near future. Staff are helpful, and the boat takes you viewing the most amazing scenery of the New Zealand Marlborough Sounds. Thank you Beachcomber!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in October 2009

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Wendy Astro

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

What a amazing trip!!

We did the Magic Mail Run for my mums birthday and both loved it we will definitly make time to do it when we come to Picton again.
we learnt alot about the Queen Charlotte Sounds and captain Cook , The skipper was very funny and staff were very helpful and friendly we also got free tea and coffee on board.

will definitly recommend it to family and friends

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Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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Andrew Biddle

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Helpful courteous staff. Though our pick up was late because of confusion of having extra pick ups.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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miniappleses

United States

Ranking: 8/10

my husband and i were the only ones on our quick trip to ship cove, one of the first early runs of the season. the skipper was friendly and the views of the sounds were beautiful.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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mich1

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

What a great ride.Very informative skipper. Wished we had time to do the hike. Fantastic scenery on what was a perfect afternoon. Good job.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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GeraldMcNamora

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Very well organised, efficient and friendly on Charlotte Sound boat tour.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Falk

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Real cool tour (walking) Great ride back to Picton by boat, wildlife watching (not even booked)

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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WiebkeS

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised, great experience. Couple of extra's we didn't even book: Wildlife watching. Could have been a little more time for the walk.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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AmyBarrett

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Beachcomber did water taxi drop off + pick up + bag transfers for track - brilliant value at $80!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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CarolF

England

Ranking: 10/10

Boat trip to Motuara island + on a ship. Gone for 1 day walk. Return to Mailboat - Excellent Commentary.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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ZimmermannA

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Cruise on Marlborough Sounds. Friendly crew. Informative.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Salick

Israel

Ranking: 7/10

The taxi for the Queen Charlotte track was too expensive ($75).

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Cindy

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nothing more, nothing less.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Karen C

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Went on the morning cruise, really friendly team of people, skipper was great, wonderful experience and got to see lots of the Sounds. Family loved it

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Kristin

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly guys, really funny!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Claas

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Mail Boat Tour. No walking on this tour. Not spectacular but nice.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Christine

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Went of the Mail Boat. Had a really nice time. Free coffee and tea was great. We had one 15 minute walk. It would have been good to go on another walk as for me the boat ride was a bit long. A beautiful place to see.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Margaret

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good value again, excellent combinations. Taking ideas home.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Andreas

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Marlborough Sounds water taxi.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007