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“A Great Winter Day Trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pelorus Mail Boat

Pelorus Mail Boat
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Havelock
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Nelson, New Zealand
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“A Great Winter Day Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Not a cloud in the sky. After a frosty start, the day was perfect to see Pelorus Sound in all its glory. Jim and Penny were so friendly and informative that it felt like you were on your own private charter. As we watched the mail getting dropped off at the various stops we got a glimpse of a different way of life. Jim and Penny were able to give us the back story to everyone we saw collecting their mail. Penguins, dolphins and birdlife also put in appearences throughout the day.
If you want a taste of real New Zealand, this is a great trip to do.

Visited May 2013
Thank Nicky M
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Waipawa, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic scenery and commentaries.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Fabulous host and assistant. Both very knowledgeable on the history of the Sounds and what is going on around the area up to date. Would recommend this trip to anyone touring the South Island of New Zealand. Max and Sue from Central Hawkes Bay, NZ.

Visited May 2013
Thank Sue N
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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7 reviews
“Great way to know Marlborough Sound”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

Jim and Penny have been great hosts and guides as they bring us through the sound; sharing stories of lives of people living in the sounds, bringing us through the green-shelled mussel farms, leading us to see wildlife such as australasian garnets, dusky dolphins and blue penguins... All these while doing their mail run.
A very relaxing and and informative cruise. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
Thank TammyTimTim
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The hidden treasure of the South Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2013

As we boarded the mail boat at Havelock complete with our lunch box purchased from the Slip Inn we were welcomed aboard by the skipper Jim Baillie. Jim, a former Scot, left the family transport business and back packed his way to find the "best job in the world" The mail boat gave us a unique opportunity to enjoy this waterway whist delivering the mail to the isolated properties of the Sound. The skipper was able to provide an insight into his isolated customers who rely on his weekly service. The Sound is dotted with various mussel farms where the grow the popular green lipped variety. On the mail drop to Maud Island, a scientific reserve, we were introduced to the Giant Weta - a member of the insect family. The island provides a safe haven for the Weta which was almost exterminated. Our party of three had all read and seen photographs of the Marlborough Sound but we made the right decision to experience The Mail Boat in Pelorus Sound.

Visited May 2013
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Loved the whole day. We found it very interesting helped by the commentary and general knowledge shared. Couldn't fault the weather either.

Visited May 2013
Thank Jocelyn C
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