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Pelorus Mail Boat

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Address: Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
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+64 3-574 1088
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

An all day cruise through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds delivering mail...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nelson, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 with fascinating information and stories throughout the day. It is a long day and a... More 

Thank Meredith C
Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 they both look forward too! During the non summer months the friendly folks on the... More 

Thank ladykahu
Sydney, Australia
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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 and biscuits offered on board . An amazing day a must when visiting the Marlborough... More 

Thank Anita506
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

The Mail Boat run is a must. I recommend the full day experience as you will see some of New Zealand's best scenery and meet some interesting people. On a day like the one we recently experienced it was stunning. The Marlborough Sounds are beautiful and Pelorus sound has a lot to explore. This is a working mail boat that... More 

Thank Seatouner
Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

We went on the Friday trip which lasted all day, it was a super time Jim and Bindy were very friendly and knowledgable and full of information. We saw blue penguins, bottle nosed dolphins which swam under the boat and along side us. Luckily the weather was fine warm and sunny. It was very interesting seeing the Mail being delivered... More 

Thank Gillian T
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

The perfect way to see the the Sound and the weather was glorious, which always helps! Skipper Jim and first mate Bindy are both informative and attentive and make the day a really enjoyable one. Educational too - learning about the people who live on the Sound makes this much more than just a cruise on the water.

Thank suzefur
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Fantastic day out into the Sounds with Jim and Brady. Although we had fog when we set off we were assured by Jim that it would clear and it did. Calm seas and sun...perfect. We were on the Thursday run visiting the mail drop offs. Stopping at a mussel farm to see how the museum are farmed. We also went... More 

Thank eileen863
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5 reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We cruised thru the Pelorus Sound with Captain Jim and his excellent first mate Bindy on their mail route through the Islands of Marlborough Sound. What a glorious day! Not only did we see Blue Penguins, bottle-nosed dolphins, stingrays, and Royal Spoonbills but we also learned the wonderfully entertaining local history and back- stories of the area and resident who... More 

Thank Jacalyn R
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Did the Thursday run when in NZ last year, followed up with the Friday run to the Outer Sounds recently. Excellent day out again - wonderful scenery, interesting stops to deliver/collect the mail, good info from crew Ben and Bindy (Jim was minding the shop in Havelock on the day). The weather was great, which is probably the big factor... More 

Thank chemtraveller
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103 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Totally enjoyed the experience, very informative tour, with totally relaxed atmosphere, and wonderful input by the owner

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