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Pelorus Mail Boat

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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
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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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We had a great day cruising around the various sounds around Havelock. The weather was a little to hot. The tales we heard from Jim the skipper and his helpful mate bindy were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Otley West Yorkshire
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Otley West Yorkshire
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714 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great day cruising around the various sounds around Havelock. The weather was a little to hot. The tales we heard from Jim the skipper and his helpful mate bindy were very entertaining. We stopped for half an hour at Jacobs Bay so you could stretch your legs, some went in for a dip, while others sat at... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The owners were great hosts, very informative about the area and the people, and nice to have free tea/coffee etc, but we had an eight hour day on a slow and rather too small boat, with only one 20 minute stop for a walk. Nice clean toilets but virtually no knee room. Downstairs inside the seats were hard and uncomfortable,... More 

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Thank amerynet
Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fabulous day out on the Pelorus Sound on the mail boat delivering to some very isolated locations, only accessible by boat. Wonderful views all day and we were very pleased we decided to book this day long trip. Currently operates 3 times a week to different parts of the Sound. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits, but remember to bring... More 

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Fanoe, Denmark
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

again Pelorus MailBoat is one of the TOP 10 attractions in NZ, great scenery, great service, great sense of humour. a full day trip and a fair price

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very happy to experience the mail boat cruise a must do activity when in Marlborough. Liked seeing the ganet colony from up close on the boat and hearing the stories of the locals who lived in the waterways.

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Gore, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Congratulations to you both skippers Jim and Bindy. Your friendliness, helpfulness, knowledge of the History of the Sound and your charm is unparalleled. If one books a trip, one expects a "100"; if one gets a "70", one can be pretty happy. You have presented us with "200" and more. We had a time with you of a lifetime. Thank... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is quite a fun day but it is very long! The crew is great and it is interesting to see the mail being delivered to very remote places. The Pelorus Sounds is very beautiful, and this is probably one of the ways to get to experience it. We were lucky to stumble upon a big pod of dolphins and... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

A long day, about 7hrs on the boat, but totally worth it!! Amazing views as well as seeing some interesting people and their pets coming to pick up their mail or drop things off to the boat. The owner and skipper gives fabulous commentary throughout the day so you learn a lot about the sound and the people who live... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Expected to be taken round the Pelorus sound in a standard day trip with a well scripted repitition of the usual tourist stuff. Instead we found jimmy our skipper and comentator for the day an insightful character with lots of anecdotes about the lifestyles of the people who inhabit the remotest parts of the sound. Jimmy obviously knows them personally... More 

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Suffolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We had one of the best days of our holiday with Jim delivering the post to those who do not have road access. We visited mussel farms, a salmon farm as well as many more, and learned so much about the sound and the way that people live. Jim is very informative, and made the day extremely enjoyable. I would... More 

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