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Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Havelock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
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... more » 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. « less
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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We went on this trip on a Friday which is the longest route. They also go out on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It was a wonderful day. We took our own lunch & you could take wine or beer if you wished. Tea & Coffee are provided. Jim the Skipper was very knowledge-able & entertaining. The first mate was helpful also.... More

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Brunswick, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went on this trip after having it recommended to us by other NZ friends. It was great. We found it to be informative and relaxing. We learnt about a different pace of life and lifestyles of those living on the pelorus sound. Ian & penny were great hosts with some great stories too. Highly recommend however small children may... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Jim and Penny balance the needs of tourists with those of the isolated inhabitants effortlessly. Not only do you get insights to why and how people live there but also the flora, fauna, wildlife and history. There is plenty of additional material on board and you can ask questions. However we were supremely lucky to see three types of dolphins,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Here I am sitting having a coffee at the Slip-Inn watching everyone getting aboard for Thursday mornings Cruise.....and my work collegue is informing me its just such a great trip, she shouted her hubby for birthday last year, and they both loved it. Coffee finished....and looks like mail boat is loaded. We get up to leave and are met /... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

I've no idea how jim manages it,but every day on his facebook page the photos get better and better! It was a while since we did our trip and we have it on the "must do again" list! If you want to see dolphins....this is the trip to take. Jim and penny are so friendly and will do everything to... More

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Halifax, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We just got back from this tour today (5th August 2014). We were so impressed with this tour that I had to write a review on it straight away. In a nutshell, this tour is more of an experience than a tourist activity. Firstly, the Pelorus Mail Boat is exactly that - it is the mail service for people that... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There are three different mail runs on three different days. We chose the Friday one which takes you further to the remote Outer Sounds. The boat was quite full because of a Camera Group but because the day was so sunny we were spread out on the top deck, back deck and inside. We saw plenty of bottle nose dolphins... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a wonderful day enjoying the Pelorus Mail Boat as it delivered the mail to the residents of the Sounds. With a foggy start in Havelock and frost on the wharf, we were well looked after and safely helped on board. The fog was gone within 10 minutes of leaving the wharf and we entered a lovely treasure of... More

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We knew it was going to be a great day when we woke to thick fog! but with bright blue skies above it. Very common for this time of year and it gives the trip a hint of drama. Almost right on cue Jim organised for the fog to lift as our departure time approached. Calm waters glistened as we... More

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Havelock, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

It was the beautiful boat trip. Very friendly skipper Jim and his crew's Penny, who told us many interesting facts about the area... We saw blue penguins, stingrays, jellyfish, dolphins and btw. unusual pet - wild pig! In fee was included a small snack - tea or coffee and biscuit;) A boat trip to remember! Michal & Ivos, Czech Republic

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