Beachcomber Cruises
Beachcomber Cruises
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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 Cruises is a gold Qualmark endorsed visitor activity.
Picton, New Zealand

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Quest317598
Rangiora, New Zealand4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
What an amazing trip our captain was amazing telling us all the history of the Marlborough sounds. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip as well as learning a lot of information we didn't know. Look forward to going on the mail boat next time we visit Picton.
Written 2 March 2024
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chrissie r
Auckland, New Zealand64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The trip was well worth doing.
A lovely day out in the water.
Great to see all the isolated places.
Our guide/boat captain was a good educator on the sounds throughout the trip.
Written 1 March 2024
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lifeisabeach2015
Langley, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My husband and I went on the afternoon cruise-only mail boat tour. Initially we were disappointed when the weather turned just before we were to set sail. Despite the grey skies and intermittent rain, we ended up thoroughly enjoying the cruise, mostly because of the fantastic narration by Captain Jason,. His knowledge about the history of the Sound was impressive and his passion for the on-going conservation efforts inspiring. Even if the weather is inclement, be sure to get off the boat at Ship Cove if there is time for a stop. It is well worth seeing. Thank you Captain Jason for a wonderfully informative cruise.
Written 29 February 2024
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john
Hope Island, Australia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First time back in this environment in some 50 years and I had forgotten how beautiful.We have been lucky to travel widely and one forgets how beautiful parts on NZ can be. The Marlborough Sounds must be one of the most spectacular spots in the world. The colours and the sites are really fantastic and you don’t have to go to Canada or Sweden to see the best.
Add a very good and comprehensive commentary by a real local and you get the idea of how special and proud they feel about his magical place.

Fantastic afternoon.
Written 28 February 2024
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Hi John M Thank you for your review, we are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on the sounds with our team. It sounds like you had an excellent time, our skippers certainly are very passionate about what they do.
Written 28 February 2024
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wrightd2311
Bristol11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went out with Beachcomber twice and had two great trips. We went out on the Mailboat and had a great time popping in to lots of interesting little coves to deliver mail and groceries. The skipper Jason was very informative and fun, really passionate about the ecosystems of the sounds, both above and below the water.
On the second day they took us to Mistletoe Bay for our walk to Anawika. The timings were great and everything worked as planned.
A really great team all round. We would highly recommend these trips.
Written 23 February 2024
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Hi wrightd2311 Thank you for your review, we are really pleased to hear you enjoyed your two trips with our company! It sounds like our team really did a great job for you on these days, as we think they do everyday. We really appreciate you choosing to travel with Beachcomber Cruises, thank you for supporting our family owned and operated company!
Written 27 February 2024
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Chris G
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We took Beachcomber Cruises to/from two different landings on Endeavor Inlet on Queen Charlotte Sound and hiked between the landings. We arrived in plenty of time to catch the return, and we were told that we would arrive back in Picton by about 5PM. About 25 minutes after leaving our pickup point, they turned around and went back to pick up several more passengers. We reached Picton at almost 6PM. When we complained to Beachcomber, they failed to acknowledge any fault. From other passengers, we learned that Beachcomber had agreed to alert the late passengers prior to their arrival and failed to do so. Almost 50 passengers had to sit on the boat's uncomfortable seats for an extra 55 minutes and miss their dinner plans.
Written 22 February 2024
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Hi H5807KPchrisg Thank you for your review we are sorry to hear that the afternoons event disrupted your plans so significantly. Unfortunately we did discover that 3 persons did not get onto the afternoon pick up so we did have to go and collect them which delayed the boats return to Picton. Our afternoon boat is always due to return to port at 5:30pm but on this day it was 5:55pm which is 25 minutes later than planned. We appreciate your comments,
Written 28 February 2024
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Fergus G
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Excellent tip, knowledgeable pilot, wonderful views and stops

Worth every cent

Highly recommend this if you are thinking of going

Great staff
Written 21 February 2024
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Hi 55fergusg Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with our team!
Written 28 February 2024
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carole s
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Brilliant cruise and a highlight of our South Island tour. There’s no doubting the beauty of the awesome scenery, and dropping off mail at remote local jetties along the Sound was fun. but what really made the trip special was the fantastic commentary from Jason our skipper. He was not just local and knowledgeable - his family goes back generations on South Island and he has lived and worked here all his life - but he was passionate about the place and its nature and ecosystem and that passion and enthusiasm was totally infectious. We benefitted from his deep knowledge of the local environment and its history- and he was fun. A really special day and highly recommended
Written 19 February 2024
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Hi carolestott51 Thank you for your review, we are thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful time on the cruise with us!
Written 28 February 2024
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Julie_from_MI
Troy, MI147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The boat ride was beautiful. On the island, I felt rushed to climb to the viewpoint and get back down on time. We enjoy seeing birds but are not experienced birders. We could hear more than we could see.
Written 16 February 2024
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Hi Julie_from_MI Thank you for your review, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip in the Queen Charlotte Sound with us, Motuara Island is certainly a stunning spot! Im sorry you didn't feel like you had enough time on the island, we do try and make sure that the timings are an average that suit everyone. But pleased that you could enjoy some lovely birdsong.
Written 28 February 2024
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343pe
Galway, Ireland4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I have to say this is the most disappointing cruise trip I have done in New Zealand in three weeks.

For $75 we sailed across the channel to drop people off at a lodge, then moved to the next cove to feed fish for 10 mins, then went slowly passed a moored log container before viewing a big cruise ship and then picking up folks who had visited a nature reserve.

NOT the trip that was advertised or expected. If I had wanted to be on a bus/taxi I would have not signed up.

I contacted the company about my experience but did not hear anything back except "they sent my comments to corporate". VERY poor.
Written 14 February 2024
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Hi 343pe Thank you for taking the time to review the tour, we are very sorry that the cruise did not meet your expectations. On this day we had lots of other really positive feedback but we understand that every tour will not be suitable for everyone. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday,
Written 28 February 2024
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