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Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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"Beauty of the marlborugh sounds"

Even though we didn't pick the best day "weather wise" it was well worth it, Jim and Bindi were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lucie T
A great day out

Despite this trip we had a sunny day with little wind. Enjoyed meeting the locals and hearing about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve L
Hamilton, 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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  • Average3%
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Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Brilliant trip. Awesome scenery and great chance to see a different way of life. The tour guides/ skipper Bindi and Jim are friendly and informative and real characters! Great day out - would definitley recommend this trip.

Thank Shoshana W
Reviewed 3 May 2017

A very comfortable boat (though Jim looks forward to the new one). Jim and Bindy tell stories and history of the Marlborough sounds farms and and it's amazing people. To see and greet them completes the picture as their mail and deliveries are dropped off....More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 25 April 2017

I have been looking forward to this trip for some years but it was only last week I was in Havelock on a day the mail boat ran. What a fascinating introduction to this reclusive lifestyle! The two "posties" were so enthusiastic and regaled us...More

Thank Meredith C
Reviewed 4 April 2017

As one of the very isolated places that Jim visits on this mail run, I can not speak highly enough of the service he provides. He is happy to drop off groceries for free, and Bindy gives our dog and goat each a biscuit that...More

Thank ladykahu
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We joined the Friday seven hour cruise and were lucky to have beautiful weather . The scenery was stunning and the captain Jim and Bindy were both very friendly and informative . I would suggest taking a picnic as we did , only tea, coffee...More

Thank Anita506
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Gwen S
What is the cost pp for this Mail cruise
3 February 2015|
Response from natashabagley | Reviewed this property |
NZ$ 128 as it says on their website
Do you go to french pass?
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