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From Havelock: Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Full-Day Cruise

4.7 / 5

24 reviews

Activity provider: Marlborough Tour Company

From Havelock: Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Full-Day Cruise

Activity provider: Marlborough Tour Company

From US$ 90.72 per person

Cruise some of the most remote parts of the Marlborough Sounds onboard the Pelorus Mail Boat, a working post boat. Explore the area's remote natural beauty while meeting the locals on this full-day cruise.

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Duration 6 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Take a tour of a mussel farm, if the weather allows for this
  • Get to know a remote part of New Zealand on a postie boat
  • Meet the locals and their 4-legged friends as they collect their mail
  • Let your crew point out all the surrounding natural beauty with their on-point commentary
  • Have 1 hour to enjoy your lunch picnic-style
Full description
Embark on a truly unique marine experience on a Kiwi mail boat cruise. See what it’s like to deliver mail in a remote part of the world by sea in the Marlborough Sounds on a full-day cruise. Set sail on the Pelorus Mail Boat, which has been operating for more than a century. As a sea postie for a day, cruise through the largest, quietest and most remote part of the Marlborough Sounds, Pelorus (Te Hoiere) Sound, and Kenepuru Sound. Relax on the spacious catamaran between mail, parcel, and supply deliveries and pick-ups. Marvel at the stunning scenery of clear blue water in tranquil coves and bush-clad hillsides. Weather-permitting, even get to take a sneak peek at Greenshell Mussel Farm on an informative tour. Meet some of the residents who await the Pelorus Mail Boat on far-flung jetties, unspoilt beaches, or even on their boats. Even meet a variety of 4-footed furry residents who accompany their owners to collect their mail. Benefit from a fun local crew will provide informative and entertainment commentary about life in this isolated part of the Marlborough Sounds. You’ll learn what life far away from the nearest road is really like, along with some of the area’s fascinating history. The crew will also keep an expert eye for local marine wildlife including dolphins, seals, penguins and stingrays. As an added bonus, even enjoy some free tea, coffee, and biscuits onboard.
  • Full-day cruise aboard the Pelorus Express
  • On-board commentary on the surrounding wildlife and general area
  • Greenshell Mussel Farm tour (weather permitting)
  • Complimentary tea, coffee & filtered water on board
  • Hotel pickup or drop-off
  • Extra food and drinks (including lunch)

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Meeting point

Meet at Pier B Havelock Marina, Havelock 7100, New Zealand

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What to bring

  • Packed lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 24 reviews

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Great information onboard. Abit pricey for what you get. It is not mentioned anywhere about the lunch option. You also have to pay for parking which needs to be added into the info. Our greeting at the pub was not the warmest. We had a good day and enjoyed hearing about how people live there.

February 11, 2022

Lovely way to spend a day and see Pelorous Sound. Have done 2 variations - one goes further out to most remote places, the other spends more time in Northwest Bay area, and includes lunch stop allowing time for summer swim. In November we saw lots of dolphins, but not in January- likely completely random! Good commentary. Don't forget to take your lunch, can't buy anything on board, although northwest bay cruise has a lunch option at a lodge.

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January 20, 2022

Great boat/bus/boat, great crew, great views....just do it!

December 5, 2022

Product ID: 394893