We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
Website
Share
Save
Book In Advance
Tours from Pelorus Mail Boat tend to sell out - travelers recommend booking in advance!
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good9%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“biscuits” (19 reviews)
“blue penguins” (14 reviews)
“skipper jim” (11 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
CONTACT
Website
+64 3-574 1088
Write a ReviewReviews (350)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"biscuits"
in 19 reviews
"blue penguins"
in 14 reviews
"skipper jim"
in 11 reviews
"bhindi"
in 14 reviews
"pod of dolphins"
in 8 reviews
"day trip"
in 9 reviews
"great commentary"
in 5 reviews
"his assistant"
in 5 reviews
"kunekune pigs"
in 4 reviews
"fantastic scenery"
in 4 reviews
"goat"
in 4 reviews
"saw dolphins"
in 4 reviews
"mussel farms"
in 11 reviews
"sunny day"
in 5 reviews
"great trip"
in 11 reviews
"recommend this trip"
in 7 reviews
"bottle nose dolphins"
in 3 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 326 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From easy booking initially, check in and then an awesome day on the Sounds - we can only say this is 5 out of 5 in every aspect. Jim - you deliver an experience. One that no one should miss that visits this area. I...More

1  Thank Corina G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome day with great scenery. Recommend to other visitors. Friendly informative hosts who assisted me with wheelchair. Will be back again. Bonus was discount for NZMCA members which made trip very affordable

Thank Robyn B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed May 27, 2018

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 22, 2018

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 21, 2018

We weren't sure what to expect, and can only say that the day exceeded our wildest dreams. Two retired couples, we had a day we'd recommend to anyone. From a bush walk to the mail drops and lots of history. There is so much country...More

Thank MerlinBlaise
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 4, 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...More

Thank Warwick W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 26, 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...More

Thank tdcm66
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 16, 2018

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed April 7, 2018

More

This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Havelock Hotels
Havelock Motel and Motor Lodge
125 reviews
.07 miles away
Havelock Garden Motel
102 reviews
.13 miles away
Linkwater Motel & Backpackers
94 reviews
7.15 miles away
Te Mahia Bay Resort
145 reviews
11.35 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Apples For Charlotte
97 reviews
.15 miles away
The Mussel Pot
568 reviews
.14 miles away
Captain's Daughter
232 reviews
.21 miles away
Slip Inn Cafe
562 reviews
.25 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Pelorus Eco Adventures
125 reviews
.07 miles away
Greenshell Mussel Daily Cruise
139 reviews
.27 miles away
Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
50 reviews
.15 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Gwen S
February 2, 2015|
Answer
Response from natashabagley | Reviewed this property |
NZ$ 128 as it says on their website
2
Votes
Footloose943
January 19, 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Footloose943 |
We really wanted to see the difference in sea level that happens at French Pass. We tried 2 years ago driving along the gravel road for miles and miles. We aren't very good with heights and some of the nz roads. We chickened... More
0
Votes
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor