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Address: Waikawa Marina, Picton 7220, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 5559
08:00 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:30

Personal customised boat trips in the Queen Charlotte Sound for...

Personal customised boat trips in the Queen Charlotte Sound for bird/wildlife watching,diving, fishing and enjoying nature at its best.

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Superb afternoon

Spent the afternoon delivering mail and parcels to locals living in the more remote areas around Picton. What a wonderful and interesting experience. The scenery was spectacular... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2016
Carolyn B
Manchester, United Kingdom

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a pleasant 4 hour "tour' while the boat stops at numerous locations along the sound delivering mail, packages etc. Nice vessel with seating on top though it gets very windy up there! Visit to Cook memorial where he landed was very interesting and unrushed. Very much recommended as a "to-do" when in Picton. If on a cruise ship book... More 

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Butler, Tennessee
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We enjoyed this independent shore excursion based in the delightful South Shore gateway town of Picton. The mail boat tour had long been on our radar, and we were pleased to be able to make our own arrangements (in advance) at a greatly discounted price when compared with the same experience provided by our cruise line. It certainly did not... More 

Thank merrybrook1
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Spent the afternoon delivering mail and parcels to locals living in the more remote areas around Picton. What a wonderful and interesting experience. The scenery was spectacular. If you choose to sit upstairs and outside be sure to have plenty of sunscreen and a cardigan/ light coat, it got pretty windy. Binoculars would have been a bonus. Only slight downside... More 

Thank Carolyn B
Adelaide, Australia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

A wonderful experience with a guide on first name terms with the wildlife. Found a pod of dusky dolphins which circled the boat performing their natural antics and on the way home fed blue cod which could be seen attacking their food from the depths. Brought Captain Cook's voyage to the area alive with stop in Resolution Bay. Great value... More 

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Rhinebeck, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2015

Our tour included a boat tour of the Marlborough Sounds (Queen Charlotte Sound). We were so pleasantly surprised by this wonderful excursion. The boat and crew were great and the captain's knowledge of the inlets, nature, wildlife, and homes along the sound were quite impressive. Seals, birds, fish, and many species of trees were pointed out and described in detail... More 

Thank Joel W
Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

The skipper was very knowledgeable on the local history, fauna and flora. It was great to meet the locals on their piers along with their dogs who were waiting their treats.

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

We wanted to experience the Marlborough Sounds up close, to see the wildlife and the beautiful views, possibly to swim and also to do some fishing. As a family with small children we wanted to do this on a safe boat with friendly hosts. Well we hit the jackpot by deciding to book a charter with Ian and Sybil on... More 

Thank DaleT73
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2012

We chartered a private cruise in Marlborough Sounds with Queen Charlotte Boat Charters for my husband's birthday and had a really magical day. Ian and Sybil were lovely welcoming hosts with very strong local knowledge. Travelling around the sounds was a really special experience due to the incredible scenery and wildlife. Ian and Sybil got the perfect mix of showing... More 

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West Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2011

Sybil and Ian were so easy to talk to on the phone and we decided to book a half day nature cruise followed by a wine tour. Ian picked us up from the marina and I was thrilled as 'Storm Dancer' accelerated out to sea. Our skipper was professional and knowledgable and we watched wonderful Australasian Gannets diving for fish... More 

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