NEW: Pelorus Mail Boat - Marlborough Sounds (Havelock)


Experience the “Real” Marlborough Sounds on the Pelorus Mail Boat.

 

The Marlborough Sounds is a beautiful meandering waterway making up 20% of New Zealand’s coastline. The largest and remotest part is accessed from the beautiful and friendly town of Havelock where the Pelorus Mail Boat has the best job in the world delivering the mail, groceries and essential supplies to the families that live out in this stunning area.

 

The Mail Boat runs all year round and has survived for nearly 100 years but only because it carries tourists on a scenic cruise while completing their deliveries.

We are running Tuesday, Thursday and Friday until November thereafter 7 days per week until end of April then we will be running Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

There is opportunity to link in with lodges, walking tracks and mountain bike tracks in the area.


NEWS: new Mail Boat to start operation October 2017: bigger, more comfortable, great viewing!

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Capacity: The boat's total capacity is 99. There are 53 seats inside.

 


During Summer (November to April) the Pelorus Mail Boat operates 7 days a week

 

During Winter (May to October) the Pelorus Mail Boat operates 3 days a week – Monday/Wednesday/Friday


Monday - Eastern Route - Red (Gannet Colony) delivers mainly to properties on the Eastern side of Pelorus Sound. We also visit, and get really close to, the Australasian Gannet Colony (one of only two located at sea level in New Zealand. There is also the option of a walk or farm tour depending on weather and season.
A lunch stop is available at The Lodge, Te Rawa, or bring a packed lunch (available to pre-order or bring your own).

Tuesday - Outer Route - Blue (Gun Emplacement) Outer Mail Run delivers to the remotest part of the Marlborough Sounds getting right to the edge of Pelorus Sound. We usually stop at a WWII Gun Emplacement – this is optional and an average level of fitness is required and suitable footwear.
A lunch stop is available at The Lodge, Te Rawa, or bring a packed lunch (available to pre-order or bring your own).

Wednesday - Western Route - Yellow (Jacob's Bay Walk) delivers to the most customers and also cruises round the Tennyson Inlet area of Pelorus Sound with some of the best and most stunning native bush of the Marlborough Sounds.
A lunch stop is available at The Lodge, Te Rawa, or bring a packed lunch (available to pre-order or bring your own). There is also the option of a walk or farm tour depending on weather and season.

Thursday - Eastern Route - Red (Gannet Colony) delivers mainly to properties on the Eastern side of Pelorus Sound. We also visit, and get really close to, the Australasian Gannet Colony (one of only two located at sea level in New Zealand. There is also the option of a walk or farm tour depending on weather and season.
A lunch stop is available at The Lodge, Te Rawa, or bring a packed lunch (available to pre-order or bring your own).

Friday - Outer Route - Blue (Gun Emplacement) Outer Mail Run delivers to the remotest part of the Marlborough Sounds getting right to the edge of Pelorus Sound. We usually stop at a WWII Gun Emplacement – this is optional and an average level of fitness is required and suitable footwear.
A lunch stop is available at The Lodge, Te Rawa, or bring a packed lunch (available to pre-order or bring your own).

Saturday - Western Mail Run - Yellow - delivers to the most customers and also cruises round the Tennyson Inlet area of Pelorus Sound with some of the best and most stunning native bush of the Marlborough Sounds.
A lunch stop is available at The Lodge, Te Rawa, or bring a packed lunch (available to pre-order or bring your own). There is also the option of a walk or farm tour depending on weather and season.

Sunday – Scenic Highlights & History Tour with a walk and lunch in the sounds. Fairy Bay to Jacob’s Bay 1hr walk (or picnic/swim if you’d rather not walk), Lunch at The Lodge, Te Rawa, explore the stunning Tennyson Inlet & visit the Gannet Colony.

All tours include a full Greenshell Mussel Farm Tour when weather and time permits. With tastings available at The Lodge, Te Rawa or onboard when available.

Our planned timings for the new season are:
Depart at 10am and return between 3pm and 4pm.

The Pelorus Mail Boat runs all 52 weeks of the year with no minimum number requirements.

Retail price will remain the same as the last 7yrs at $128 per adult and children 14yrs and under free (Max 2 per full fare adult).

Pelorus Mail Boat facts:

  • The Pelorus Mail Run has been operating in the Pelorus Sound since 1918.
  • Jim and Amanda are the 9th owners and operators of the mail run and have been running it for 6 years.
  • The Pelorus Sound is the biggest of the four main Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds.
  • Each property on the mail run only gets one delivery per week.
  • Most properties in the Pelorus Sound have no road access, mobile reception or mains electricity.
  • It is a world famous service with documentaries and magazine articles done in New Zealand, Germany, France, Switzerland, Croatia, Australia, Holland and many others, purely on the Pelorus Mail Boat and they come to Havelock and Marlborough just to do the Mail Run.
  • One of the last genuine mail boat services left around the world.
  • The Pelorus Mail Boat is the number one cruise to do in Marlborough according to TripAdvisor and number four on the whole of the South Island.
  • The Mail Boat is available for private charters, tours, cruises wedding transport, school camps, camera clubs and tramping clubs

Why choose the Pelorus Mail Boat?

Points of difference compared with other cruises:

  • We have just launched a brand new boat! (2017)
  • More personal: owner-operated! We run a two-crew operation - usually Jim and host/deckhand Bindy. We swap jobs between driving and talking directly to the passengers and both meander round the boat answering questions and chat. This emphasizes the more personal feel.
  • Pelorus Mail Boat cruise the remoter, quieter and largest part of the Marlborough Sounds; the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds are much much quieter than the Queen Charlotte Sound - you will see very few people or even boats on our tour. (The Queen Charlotte Sound is full of Ferries, Cruise ships, tour boats, water taxis, private boats and commercial freighters and log export ships.)
  • You can't see this part of the Sounds any other way - no ferries cruise this part of the sounds and they are the only scheduled operator in this part of the sounds.
  • A lot more commentary, with interesting stories of past and present, and a we have a library of books on board to back this up. Include a full commentary Greenshell Mussel Tour on our cruise and Havelock is the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the world.
  • Visit the Gannet and very rare King Shag colonies - they are not accessible to other cruises.
  • We visit an Historic farm, and the historic WWII Gun emplacement (other cruises don’t).

 


Contact Details:

The Mail Boat

Jim & Amanda Baillie (Owners-Skippers)
Pier B, Havelock Marina
Havelock
Marlborough, New Zealand


Email: info@themailboat.co.nz

+ 64 3 574 1088

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