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Pelorus Mail Boat

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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...more
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Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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Reviewed 4 days ago

On November 26th I took my 93 year old Dad on the mail trip up Pelorus Sound. Dad particularly wanted to do this sound as he had spent many months helping to build and set up the Bach 55+ years ago. . As it was...More

Thank PG50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the all day trip and would do it again. It's one of the main highlights of or trip .Jim and Fern were excellent and very informative. Given the wildlife cannot be seen by demand, in comparison to the whale trip in Kaikoura...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We joined the Tuesday cruise which was a full day 10 am to 4.30 pm as it included the outer areas. Jim and his assistant Fern were very hospitable and provided some interesting commentary on the history and activities of Pelorus Sound. A day with...More

Thank Trishy61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for a way to see some of the Pelorus & Kenepuru Sounds while staying in a holiday home in Mahau Sound & found the mailboat. We booked the trip and they even picked us up from our private pontoon so we didn’t...More

Thank moragl312
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us were staying in a holiday lodge and saw the mailboat for a few days prior to booking. Looked like a fun thing to do so booked and a few days later were picked up from our private pontoon. Here began a superb...More

1  Thank Derek L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trip was beyond our expectations. The boat was immaculate and our captain, Jim was a wonderful host, full of local knowledge and a wicked sense of humour. We did the Tuesday trip which took us to some of the more outer islands and I...More

Thank fairbrad2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard from a friend that a day on the Pelorus Mail Boat was well worthwhile so when we happened to be in the area in October we decided to do the trip. We were fortunate that the weather was very pleasant, but the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

New Zealand’s gain and Scotland’s loss comes in the shape of Jim who runs this mail boat service in the Pelorus sound. You will get to enjoy 6 hours of ever changing glorious scenery, in a spotless boat, with v clean windows so you can...More

1  Thank celiaann196700
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For those looking to experience the real beauty of the marlborough sounds, and need a cruise option i am pretty sure they won't come any better than this. Jim, the skipper originally from scotland, but now a true Havelock local, deliverers the mail to the...More

1  Thank MarcusBridges
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A most enjoyable day on the fantastic Marlborough Sound. We delivered mail, groceries, fuel and plants to folk who live on the Sound. They have deliveries up to seven days a week and are up for a chat. Lots of friendly dogs and pigs. Yes,...More

Thank Eracantus C
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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