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Review of Pelorus Mail Boat

Pelorus Mail Boat
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US$70.83*
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Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise Havelock
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Havelock
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 wonderland.You will hear a great selection of stories about life in the sounds, its history, and how the mail has been delivered like this since 1918.You will also get to experience the marine and bird life in the area including 5 types of Dolphins, Australasian Gannets, rare Shags, Seals and many more.A full Mussel Farm tour is also included and there is usually an opportunity to see the Mussel Boats operating during harvesting or seeding. We will stop off at a local lodge and passengers are able to buy lunch or bring your own lunch and come with us to a local farm for a tour. You will also be able to enjoy a bush walk or swim if you would like. We are now operating 7 days in summer, which is November to April.
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Thanks to Jim and Penny for a wonderful day cruise on the Mail Boat. Commentaries were very informative. Allowing hubby Phil to drive the boat for a while was a highlight, amongst many others. The views of the Pelorus Sounds from the boat were spectacular. We know know how mussels are farmed! And how mail gets delivered to such remote areas in NZ. The sea was calm as and even though a little cloudy, this did not restrict any photo opportunities.
A wonderful 7.5 hrs spent with lovely hosts. Thankyou.

1  Thank Helen G
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Very enjoyable, good commentary, very friendly and knowledgeable people. There are 3 different mail runs - next time we are back holidaying in the area we will definitely do one of the other trips.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Accompanying Jim and Peggy on the Pelorus Mail Boat for a day was one of the highlights during my 10weeks of Travel in NZ.
Peggy picked us up around 7ish in the morning in Picton and we took the scenic drive towards Havelock where the boat starts. The drive itself was beautiful. Because it has been rainy, cloudy and cold the day before, it was only the two of us on the mailboat. However, the 'bad' weather didnt bother our adventure at all! While delivering the mail in the Pelorus Sounds we saw Seals, Mussel Farms and even Orcas. The whole day was absolutely amazing and Jim and Peggy were awesome!

Thanks for the great day!

1  Thank Laura_Karstensdottir
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

A great way to relax, left the wharf at 9.30am and didn't get back until 5.30pm, a perfect day on the water. Stopped for hot chocolate at lunch time at a lovely spot and you could also buy food. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed the full-day Tuesday trip delivering mail and supplies to the remote areas of Pelorus Sound which have no roads access. This was a memorable trip greatly enhanced by the skipper Jim Baillie and his colleague Penny and their knowledge of the area, the people and the wild-life. Our weather was rather overcast, but the scenery is still spectacular.
Teas and coffee are available through the journey and you have the choice of taking your own lunch or ordering it at a lodge on the journey. We were also given lots of information on the extensive mussel farming in Pelorus Sound and also went alongside a harvester vessel to see it at close quarters.
We have previously been on a similar enjoyable trip on Marlborough Sound which was a half-day trip but this full-day option out of Havelock is excellent and highly-recommended.

1  Thank AndyW1704
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