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Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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A wet mail run but still a great day on the Sound

We did not have the best weather for our day delivering the mail and goods to the locals but it was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
A wonderful relaxing day.

What an amazing day we had on the Pelorus Mail Boat this week. Jim the skipper and his assistant... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Blenheim, New Zealand
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An all day cruise through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds delivering mail and groceries to remote and secluded properties. The Pelorus Sound is the largest of the Sounds and the Mail Boat is a lifeline to the people living in this boat access wonderland.You will hear a great selection of stories about life in the sounds, its history, and how the mail has been delivered like this since 1918.You will also get to experience the marine and bird life in the area including 5 types of Dolphins, Australasian Gannets, rare Shags, Seals and many more.A full Mussel Farm tour is also included and there is usually an opportunity to see the Mussel Boats operating during harvesting or seeding.
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  • Very good8%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We did not have the best weather for our day delivering the mail and goods to the locals but it was still a great day out. The stories that were told and the people we met along the way were entertaining. No dolphins but we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing day we had on the Pelorus Mail Boat this week. Jim the skipper and his assistant did a wonderful job, not only in their handling of the vessel, but also the commentary was excellant. The information they shared was interesting and presented...More

Thank Sontie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have to agree with most of the other reviews; a wonderful way to spend a day. We were lucky to see two different kinds of dolphins and seals and lots of bird life. The scenery was magnificent. The skipper lingered when we saw dolphins to...More

Thank malcolm e
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sailed off at 9:30 a.m. on a beautiful late winter's morning with calm waters and no wind. Chilly temperatures but we had dressed accordingly so it didn't bother us. This was a Friday trip so over eight hours in total. The Crew - Bindy and...More

Thank Barb-nz
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This has to be the best job in the world...deliver the mail by boat! This is a best buy at full price but we were lucky enough to have a 50% off voucher. At $128NZD per person you get to cruise the Marlbourgh Sounds delivering...More

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Even though we didn't pick the best day "weather wise" it was well worth it, Jim and Bindi were very imformative and friendly,we saw dolphins which the kids loved and it was so nice to see how the locals live around the sounds and dropping...More

Thank Lucie T
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Despite this trip we had a sunny day with little wind. Enjoyed meeting the locals and hearing about the history of the area. We were able to see bottle nose and common dolphins as well as seals.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Informative, friendly hosts Jim and Bindy, spectacular scenery, dusky dolphins, gannets diving, mussel boats and farms, and the local Sounds people made for an awesome day.

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Did a Thursday mail trip on the Pelorus Mail Boat with a Group - foggy to start with & then fine & sunny. Lucky to see several pods of dolphins. Excellent commentary on the history & life on Pelorus Sound.

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

What a hidden gem Havelock and the stunning and peaceful haven of the Pelorus sound are. I had planned to do the better known Charlotte Sounds mail boat cruise in Picton however after hearing about this tour at the local isite, I decided to do...More

Thank Sue R
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Gwen S
3 February 2015|
Response from natashabagley | Reviewed this property |
NZ$ 128 as it says on their website
19 January 2015|
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Response from Footloose943 |
We really wanted to see the difference in sea level that happens at French Pass. We tried 2 years ago driving along the gravel road for miles and miles. We aren't very good with heights and some of the nz roads. We chickened... More