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Address: Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-574 1088
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Description: 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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A great day out

Excellent value for money trip that was both entertaining and educational, all in the most stunning scenery. The crew were great fun and their information about the region was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Cromwell, New Zealand
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Cromwell, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Excellent value for money trip that was both entertaining and educational, all in the most stunning scenery. The crew were great fun and their information about the region was delivered in a relaxed style. Next time in the nelson area we will make sure we do this trip again.

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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Jim and Bindy hosted myself and two local friends today on the mail run. An absolutely fabulous experience with plenty of local knowledge and colour from the crew and incredible scenery. The view were wonderful and the boat moved at a pace that was photo friendly. Jim and Bindy were friendly and able to answer all our questions. They also... More 

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Exactly what we were expecting, a really great day out on the water. Scenery magnificent. Jim and Bindy were great hosts whilst doing a really important job for the locals. Video on YouTube - http://youtu.be/mKwv9fN__ow

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Leeds, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Went on a Friday which is the longest mail delivery so we had a full day's cruise. We saw dolphins on both the outbound and return legs of the journey and enjoyed Bindy and Skipper Jim's informative commentary. Take your own picnic to eat on board and, if you want, try steering the boat. See surprising locals of the 4... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a good trip - it gives you some idea of how huge the area is and what different sounds are accessed from Havelock. The crew are great - the commentary is informative and we enjoyed learning about the history of the area and how it has changed. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but you need to take... More 

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Maryborough, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We booked our Mail Boat trip before leaving Australia. As luck would have it, the day was terrible - pouring rain and gale force winds. After discussing it with Jim the Owner/Skipper we cancelled the trip. It did not cost us anything despite the late cancellation. After reviewing our plans, we decided to take the trip a few days later.... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

We booked on the strength of the reviews on TA and had a great day out. You get EXACTLY what is described so I fail to understand the negative review. On our trip there were people of many ages and they all seemed happy! We did manage to see some penguins; wild life doesn't appear to order!!! Jim and Bindy... More 

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Las Palmas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We had a really interesting Thursday trip round The Sounds and Jim & Bindy couldn't have been more welcoming or informative. They slowed to show us Gannets and Blue Penguins, stopped for us to take a short bush walk and even offered towels if we wanted to take a dip; it was a great day out with somebody else doing... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

My fiancee and i were really looking forward to this cruise after reading so many positive reviews on trip advisor but we were let down. we booked the "wild run", which said things like "see dolphins, seals, penguins". I think this is pretty misleading, we saw 4 penguins in the sea and nothing else. Although seeing dolphins or other animals... More 

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PelorusMailBoat, Owner at Pelorus Mail Boat, responded to this review

As the owner and skipper on the boat I am quite shocked at receiving this review. It has caused quite a few sleepless nights trying to think through what we could have done wrong to get such a poor review and what in our advertising could have given you the wrong impression of what we do. We were given a... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

On state highway 1 south of Havelock there is well known Pelorus Bridge with a cafe and camping ground, BUT 600 mitres before this on the write going south is a little gem! It's a doc picnic area with an amazing elevated view of the gorgeous river, a grassed area with trees to shade under PLUS a swimming hole to... More 

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Additional Information about Pelorus Mail Boat

Address: Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-574 1088
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Havelock
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

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