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Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
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Educational and entertaining

The mail boat run was an especially interesting day. The weather was fine for most of the trip and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Leonard1000
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Fantastic trip

Although it poured with rain on the day of our Mail Boat run it was still one of most moemorable... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
rubarb91
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Adelaide, 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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We weren't sure what to expect, and can only say that the day exceeded our wildest dreams. Two retired couples, we had a day we'd recommend to anyone. From a bush walk to the mail drops and lots of history. There is so much country...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018

From start to finish this was a great day.Skipper Jim and Bindi were so interesting and fun to spend the day with.They told us so much about the area people and places.We visited a Mussel farm where we learnt all about how they are farmed...More

Thank Warwick W
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Reviewed 27 April 2018

We loved every moment on this trip. The commentary was informative and funny. We had dolphins swimming in our wake, watched the mussels being harvested, dropped off treats to the animals waiting in the wharf for the mail, and saw some beautiful remote sites along...More

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Reviewed 17 April 2018

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely day out! The boat was very comfortable, although a hot late March day, it was quite breezy, but fun, on the upper deck. We saw a large pod of dolphins, saw many locals, saw so many interesting places and Bays, and two kunekune pigs...More

Thank Pip L
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

What can I say that probably hasn't been said already. A fantastic day out on the NEW mailboat. A pod of dolphins guided us part of the way which was awesome. Jim and Dee were great "guides" and we had a thoroughly wonderful day exploring...More

Thank NannieTee
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Joined the trip on a perfect march day - sunny with just a light breeze. Skipper Jim’s intro speech set the tone for the day - personal and extremely friendly. Both he and Bindi know a great deal about the sounds and loved to share...More

Thank Martin M
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NZ$ 128 as it says on their website
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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
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