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Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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We did the Friday cruise (3rd time that the new boat was used) and had a fantastic time. The trip... read more

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
Full Day Tour

Wonderful tour around the Pelorus Sound area. Great commentary, chance to experience dolphins... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Madeleine G
Hobart, Australia
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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. We will stop off at a local lodge and passengers are able to buy lunch or bring your own lunch and come with us to a local farm for a tour. You will also be able to enjoy a bush walk or swim if you would like. We are now operating 7 days in summer, which is November to April.
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Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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Thank R3425KODavid
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful tour around the Pelorus Sound area. Great commentary, chance to experience dolphins playing very closely around the boat, experience a short bush walk and a very informative sheep farm tour. A must do!! ,

Thank Madeleine G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day on the beautiful new mailboat leaving the dock at 10am in the care of Captain Jim and Dee. We left in brilliant sunshine enjoying the calm waters and beautiful homes as we were taken to a mussel farm and shown...More

Thank jillreading08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super duper cool trip around the Marlborough sound. Awesome. Enjoyed the trip, the walk, the lunch at a remarkable spot (the rawa, you won't ever have the chance to have lunch like this!), the stories and dolphins (yep!) . You can definitely feel that every...More

Thank DerBrause
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brilliant day out on Jims new mail boat. Didnt deliver much mail, but had so much fun. All the crew very knowledgeable about the sounds. Loved seeing the dolphins, scenery, and the locals ( including dogs, pigs and goat) at the mail stops. Would have...More

Thank Alverie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great day with Jim, Bindy, James and Danielle. We were picked up from our accommodation in Blenheim which was a bonus. The new boat was extremely comfortable with air conditioning, comfy seats, plenty of room to move around, tea and coffee provided....More

Thank Roberta B
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We had so much fun joining the mail boat! It’s so nice to hear all the stories of the people in the sounds. Skipper Jim and his deck mate will make sure you have a good laugh and that you feel very welcome aboard. While...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

So nice and relaxing. A great way to see the coast and see how some lucky people live. Staff were really informative and friendly. Kids loved seeing the drop offs. Bring lots of food. Thank you

Thank Yolksonntoast
Reviewed 25 September 2017

The mailboat delivers and picks up mail for otherwise isolated people living on the shores of the Pelorus sound in Marlborough. The trip takes you through beautiful scenery but is combined with the practical interest of a working boat offering a real service. The commentary...More

Thank Ian H
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 20 September 2017 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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Gwen S
3 February 2015|
Response from natashabagley | Reviewed this property |
NZ$ 128 as it says on their website
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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