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Pelorus Mail Boat

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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good9%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“biscuits”(22 reviews)
“blue penguins”(14 reviews)
“skipper jim”(11 reviews)
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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
+64 3-574 1088
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Just had one day to spend in area and this was perfect. Very interesting day - friendly - informative and very relaxed. Jim and his commentary and humor made the day. Definitely recommend. If a Thursday pack a picnic and take the time to visit...More

Thank G G
Reviewed 3 days ago

This cruise is world class. I've done dozens of day-cruises around the world - this was definitely one of the best. Great boat, wonderful crew and a brilliant place to be.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We lucked out with the weather. Arrived in Havelock the previous day in hot sunny conditions. Overnight the weather turned blustery and cold. The operations people should provide a departure lounge. Our tour group were kept waiting outside on the marina for 15 minutes while...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Totrue B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great experience in fantastic scenery on spacious and stable boat (cruise at 20 knots comfortably) . Commentary by skipper Phil and crew Fern was both informative and humorous. Plenty of complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Opportunity to walk ashore in bush reserve. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tam H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Phil and Ferne went out of their way to make the experience on this working boat an exceptional and unrivalled one. We motored out on a Tuesday trip to the outer sounds, about 150km amazingly, that passed quickly. You do need warm clothes, as is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely cruise that included sights of a seal, gannet colony, many mussel farms and an incredible, huge pod of bottlenose dolphins, who swam and leaped alongside the boat for at least 20 minutes. The lunch spot is pretty, but be sure to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ajs4travel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent day out the skipper James with his commentary was brilliant Trish was very friendly and helpful! The scenery amazing if you are in the area it is a must do

Thank Z2058DGanneb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a very good time on the mail boat. We had a beautiful encounters with bottle nose dolphins. I really liked the « driver’s » humour and he was very knowledgeable. If you can, go for it!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Stelzie59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful boat. Fantastic, knowledgable crew. Gorgeous scenery. Great value for money. A perfect day out.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Lyn L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not your average scenic cruise. It's a working mailboat, although very much set up for carrying passengers and it's comfortable, clean and modern. The captain and assistant work well together, and the stories about some of the locations, people and history are nicely...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Gwen S
3 February 2015|
Response from natashabagley | Reviewed this property |
NZ$ 128 as it says on their website
19 January 2015|
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Response from Footloose943 |
We really wanted to see the difference in sea level that happens at French Pass. We tried 2 years ago driving along the gravel road for miles and miles. We aren't very good with heights and some of the nz roads. We chickened... More