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Pelorus Mail Run Cruise - Marlborough Sounds

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

Highlights

  • The gannet colony
  • Dolphins (dusky, common and bottle nose)
  • A Greenshell Mussel farm
  • Tour of an historic ‘off-the-grid’ working farm
  • King Shag colony

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.

Duration

  • Allow approximately 6 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Pelorus Mail Boat Ltd, Jetty 1, Havelock Marina, Havelock 7100

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

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

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

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Aimee from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2019

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Taste of NZ

Loved the Trip. Meeting the locals, hearing about the history and present day happenings of the area and what better way to see the sounds than on them! Fabulous boat, fabulous crew and tasty lunch at Te Rawa Lodge. My children loved the experience and the crabs and dogs! Miss this tour and you’ve missed a gem. I

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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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Raewyn from New Zealand wrote on 26 July 2019

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Ma & Pa,s day out

Awesome trip,great commentary, highly recommend to all ages

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Cecilie Davidová from Czech Republic wrote on 15 June 2019

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Mailboat Pelorus Sound

Fantastic! Fun, relaxed, nice scenery, entertaining info about the Sounds, mussel farms, wildlife and so much more! We saw a shark, pinguins, shags, and dolphins! On top of that, there are some really cute pigs and dog assisting the post delivery! 110% recommended

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Muriel from New Zealand wrote on 16 May 2019

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Beautiful day

Very well set up friendly informative great day

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