Beachcomber Cruises

Sharing the Marlborough Sounds with New Zealanders and international guests. Beachcomber Cruises connects people who live in the sounds by providing water transport and deliver of the local mail service.

Business information

Beachcomber Cruises is one of the major operators within the Marlborough Sound and offers a selection of boat trips through this beautiful area – including their world-famous Mail Run where for over 150 years the mail has been delivered by boat. This journey is the only officially licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound / Tōtaranui making this a truly unique and interesting tour!

With eight vessels operating on the water there are a range of scenic cruises for you to enjoy. From a 2-hour jaunt, a half day relaxation or a full day immersion, there is plenty of opportunity to experience the breathtaking natural wonder of the Sounds & its wildlife inhabitants. Explore islands including those that are birdlife sanctuaries, hidden coves & historical locations such as Captain Cooks favourite anchorage point. The skippers of all the vessels, including the water taxis have a comprehensive knowledge of the Sounds which they enjoy sharing with their passengers. For those wishing to access the Queen Charlotte Track make sure to contact the specialists at Beachcomber Cruises for all your information needs.

Physical Address

The Waterfront
Corner of London Quay
and Wellington St

Office Hours

Summer 7am – 6pm daily
Winter 8am – 5pm daily

Phone: (+64) 3 573 6175
Freephone: 0800 62 45 26

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The owners

Beachcomber Cruises is family owned and operated by Tony & Margaret, who purchased the company in September 2006. With strong family values at their core they believe their customers are their shareholders & strive to make each one happy. They are focused on sustainability & enjoy strong ties within the local community and work closely with local organisations including Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, Marlborough Youth Trust and Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Tiaki Promise

Tiaki means to care for people and place.
The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations. Beachcomber Cruises values align with Tiaki and we wholeheartedly get behind the Tiaki Promise and encourage all visitors to Marlborough to act as guardians of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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