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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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Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

With a friend we took the Mail Boat out to her Bach in North West Bay. Greeted by Jim the skipper and Penny his crew I felt safe and relaxed. Off we went and one our way were treated to information about all parts of the Sounds. If Jim was at the helm Penny spent time chatting and telling us... More

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Chelsfield, UK
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Our trip on the Pelorus Mail Boat was on the Friday at the end of March 2014. The day started very misty but as soon as we got out to the Sound we left that behind. Much has been said about the Skipper, Jim and Co Skipper Penny, I can only repeat all the good praise. Diligent 'Posties', professional Skippers... More

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

What an excellent trip. Jim and Penny made the day one to remember with their friendly knowledgible hospitality. It was great to see the faces of the people who live in the sounds as they came down to collect their mail. And the 50+ dolphins that played with us for 30 minutes or so was just the best. I am... More

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Caloundra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

A courtesy transfer between Picton & Havelock taking about 1 hour is an added bonus to see more of this ares. On this working mail boat delivering mail parcels and people to their homes in some of the most remote area in New Zealand you get to know Owner skipper Jim and Co skipper Penny and their interesting stories as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Thanks to Jim and Penny for a wonderful day cruise on the Mail Boat. Commentaries were very informative. Allowing hubby Phil to drive the boat for a while was a highlight, amongst many others. The views of the Pelorus Sounds from the boat were spectacular. We know know how mussels are farmed! And how mail gets delivered to such remote... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Very enjoyable, good commentary, very friendly and knowledgeable people. There are 3 different mail runs - next time we are back holidaying in the area we will definitely do one of the other trips.

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Mainz, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Accompanying Jim and Peggy on the Pelorus Mail Boat for a day was one of the highlights during my 10weeks of Travel in NZ. Peggy picked us up around 7ish in the morning in Picton and we took the scenic drive towards Havelock where the boat starts. The drive itself was beautiful. Because it has been rainy, cloudy and cold... More

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