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“Relaxing interesting day”
Review of Pelorus Mail Boat

Pelorus Mail Boat
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Havelock
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 and processed.We visited propertys where they dropped mail off.On the way home we stopped at lodge for afternoon tea or a glass of wine.Fantastic trip

Date of experience: May 2018
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 the way. We spent the whole day out on the boat. Took our own lunch although there is a stop later (2.30) at Te Rawa. Tea/coffee is free on the boat. Recommend taking a warm jacket as the wind can get a bit chilly.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank tdcm66
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Date of experience: March 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 for good measure.
The teenagers found the trip, which was the outer sound circuit, a bit too long, but the older folk loved it. Great skippers, very well narrated.
We are kiwis, mostly tourists on the boat, such a shame, as this would appeal to locals too!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PipL822
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