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Pelorus Mail Run Cruise - Marlborough Sounds

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On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays you have the opportunity to join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run in the Marlborough Sounds


  • Discover Hidden bays and coves – That most tourists never get to
  • Learn the fascinating history of these characters who live way out here, far from town
  • See the local wildlife up close and personal and learn about the rare species in the area.
  • Every day is different on the mail boat.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day.

Leaving Havelock Marina, you’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way it has been done for decades.

View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet us, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches.

The people of the Marlborough Sounds are as much a part of the area as the history and majestic beauty. Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run or drop you at your accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds. This is authentic tourism in New Zealand at its best!

Location: Our mail boat departs from the friendly little township/village of Havelock roughly half way between Picton and Nelson, or a third of the way between Blenheim and Nelson.

Adult $132.00

What's included

  • 6 hour cruise of the Marlborough Sounds on the iconic Mail Boat
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day.


  • Allow approximately 6 hours duration for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Adult price applies to ages 16+. Children under 15 Free.

    After your purchase is confirmed we will email you a confirmation.

Available Bookings from October 23 to October 29

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All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

10:00 a.m.
Tue 23 Oct
Wed 24 Oct
Thu 25 Oct
Fri 26 Oct
Sat 27 Oct
Sun 28 Oct
Mon 29 Oct

3spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$89.00

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Grant from New Zealand wrote on 16 October 2018

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Fantastic day, totally recommend it.

Staff were excellent and everything was spotless. Just enough stops off the boat to stretch the legs. Also highly recommend the sea food chowder at the lunch stop. Thank you for a great day. Grant and Pauline

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Nigel from United Kingdom wrote on 15 March 2017

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A Wonderful Experience

If you are near Havelock in the north of the South Island of New Zealand, make sure you take a trip on the Pelorus Mail Boat. You will have a memorable and very enjoyable day.

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Helen from New Zealand wrote on 27 January 2017

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Brilliant experience

It was a fabulous summers day the time went fast. Informative tour guides beautiful scenery. Loved it.

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Kirsten Wrieden from New Zealand wrote on 27 January 2017

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Pelorus Mail Run Cruise - Friday

Excellent trip. Good service, value for money and a good way to get to know one way of life in New Zealand.

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Jane LaMoure from United States wrote on 25 December 2015

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Worth the time

Skipper Jim and his crew provided us a very memorable experience. When we stopped at the docks to deliver mail and groceries, they donned their Xmas stockings and sang Merry Christmas to their customers upon arriving. In return, people on the docks greeted us with Christmas songs and even dressed up their goat, dogs and miniature horse to make the day of the Mailboat crew and passengers. Even more exciting was their enthusiasm!! They extended the boat tour to take us over to see the bottle-nosed dolphins. Pure joy. I would highly recommend this experience to every one who would like to see spectacular scenery and also get a fun history lesson.

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