This is our most popular trip and a great way to explore the Marlborough Sounds. The Beachcomber Mail Boat is the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural delivery service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Share the excitement of mail day as we deliver the mail and groceries to the families that live in these beautiful remote places. No one day is the same as the route changes daily but we always stop at Ship Cove
Cruise from Picton historical Chip Cove, where Captain Cook and his crew anchored five times during the 1770's. We go ashore here to explore before cruising onto Endeavour Inlet, dropping guests off along the way before returning to Picton.
Everyone knows Sundays are for cruising! What could be better than a leisurely boat trip out to Motuara Island, a predator free bird sanctuary home to some of New Zealand's rarest and endangered birds. Then cruise to historical Ship Cove to visit Captain Cook's monument before heading back to Picton via a salmon farm in Ruakaka Bay.
This tour operates during the summer season (01 Oct-30Apr) and attracts bird lovers from around the world. Motuara Island is a predator free haven for some of New Zealand's most iconic and critically endangered native birds including the South Island Saddleback, the very rate King Shag, Little Blue Penguin and of course the Kiwi to name a few.
The ultimate in value and flexibility. Choose your start and end point, walking/cycling distances and overnight stopovers where your luggage will be transferred to each day. All you have to do is walk and enjoy a variety of landscapes from lush, green New Zealand forest with its vocal birdlife to sweeping panoramic views of the Marlborough Sounds.
Cruise from Picton to Furneaux Lodge where you disembark. Take the opportunity to grab a coffee or even brunch before beginning your walk to Punga Cove Resort. This section of the Queen Charlotte Track mainly follows the coastline around Endeavour Inlet through regenerating native bush. Once farmland, this part of the walkway has reverted to nature and the forest is once again lush and alive with the sound of birdsong. The area is also rich with history as it was once the site of an Antimony Mine, take some time to read the interpretation panels there. Continue around the shore, with pasture land on either side and then through native forest with views right down the Inlet to the main Queen Charlotte Sound. Upon arrival at Punga Cove Resort relax on the deck of the Boat Shed Café with a well-deserved beverage until your return boat journey to Picton.