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Full Day Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise

  • Travel on the regional mail boat to experience Marlborough Sounds up close
  • Look for New Zealand fur seals, dolphins, blue penguins and other wildlife
  • Learn about the region’s wildlife and history from live commentary
Full Day Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise
From US$ 90.85
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Full Day Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise
From US$ 90.85
Explore the scenic waterways of the Marlborough Sounds on a small-group half-day cruise by mail boat from Havelock. The historic Pelorus Mail Boat delivers mail, groceries, and freight to residents along this remote inland waterway where the boat is the main link to the outside world. Hear commentary from the crew about the region, and perhaps have time to disembark at spots along the way (conditions permitting).
What to Expect
Check in at Pier B, Havelock Marina at 9.30am for the Mail Run departing at 10am. You will meander through the largest quietest and remotest part of the Marlborough Sounds, a beautiful inland waterway surrounded by hills and native forest and bush.

The mail run is a genuine working mail delivery cruise and one of the last remaining anywhere in the world. You will be delivering mail, groceries, freight and essential supplies to an area of New Zealand that does not have roads, they do not have mains electricity, there are no shops and most areas do not have cell phone reception. The mail boat also transports residents, friends, and guests to properties in secluded bays throughout the area.

There is usually an opportunity to get off the boat for a walk through an ancient native forest (weather permitting) and also a stop at a small and remote cafe/restaurant where you can purchase lunch, a drink or even an icecream, in total peace and tranquility.
The crew will offer commentary on life in the Marlborough Sounds past and present, and also on the wildlife which can include, Australasian Gannets, Sheerwaters, NZ Fur Seals,3 types of Dolphins, the very rare NZ King Shag and Blue penguins.
This is relaxing cruise seeing a part of the country most people never get to see.

The cruise returns to Havelock Marina approximately 3.30pm but can vary significantly depending on tides and number of deliveries.
Reviews (125)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful day - and a great trip through the Marlborough Sounds

We had a wonderful day on the Mail Boat. Saw the Marlborough Sounds and the remote sites of the North of South Island. The crew was very nice and informative. The mail delivery was interesting and the pet (dogs and pigs) feeding funny. On our...More

Thank DieBritt2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great trip

We had the best day on the pelorus Mail Boat! It is the best way to see a gorgeous part of the world. The crew were helpful and informative and spent the whole journey (apart from when they were delivering mail) chatting to the passengers...More

Thank Rachael L
Reviewed 1 week ago
Off the beaten track, the real nz, dolphins, stunning views, great hospitality!

Loved the Pelorus Mail Boat trip - what a stunning and unique NZ experience. I went on the Monday cruise. It was a full day, with stops at multiple off-grid remote properties, a very interesting tour of the mussel farm by Jim (who explained the...More

Thank MarGrant
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful day on the beautiful sounds.

This was a great trip around the sounds with an informative commentary from the skippers. We saw gannets diving for fish, seals and dusky dolphins. The skipper got the boat up close to them and we had plenty of opportunity to watch them.

Thank chrismcneill21
Reviewed 21 September 2018
Most beautiful scenery in NZ

W O W ! I have been touring New Zealand for over 6 months now, and for me, the Pelorus Mail Boat takes the cake. This was hands down, the best thing I have done in New Zealand. The Marlborough Sounds are unlike anything that...More

Thank timonhowes
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15 June 2018|
Response from Kiwiparent | Reviewed this property |
You would need to travel by car to Havelock, about 30 minutes drive. There are rental cars available at the Picton terminal. The road is slow and winding.