This isn't your ordinary cruise! Jump aboard the official mail boat for the Queen Charlotte Sounds and join the skipper on the daily mail run to the bays and inlets of the Sounds. A unique way to explore this stunning area.
This mail boat is the only official licensed New Zealand Post rural delivery service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Share the excitement of Mail Day as our skipper delivers the mail to the families that live in the various bays and inlets in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Say hi to the kids waiting at the wharves for their schoolwork or greet the many animals that come down to meet the boat.
During your cruise your skipper will provide a commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now. Feel free to ask questions and keep your camera handy for unscheduled encounters with local wildlife. Each route has its own highlights. whether it be the pigs at East Bay, the marching chickens at Big Dog Bay or Oscar the Mail Dog at Blackwood Bay.
Each cruise route will include a short stop at Ship Cove, where James Cook anchored his ship the Endeavour in January 1770 to replenish supplies. Explore the traditional Maori carvings here or read through the information panels about the history of the cove.
This cruise runs with a maximum of 90 people.
In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider. If your experience is cancelled you will be rescheduled by the provider.
Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy: