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15/12/17 — 17/12/17 15/12/17 — 19/12/17 15/12/17 — 21/12/17 or
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1 - The Mail Run

1 - The Mail Run

Join one of the last remaining ‘Genuine’ Mail Boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for almost a century. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run through the Marlborough Sounds.

One of the last genuine mail boats left anywhere in the world, the Pelorus Mail Boat is an iconic and fascinating look in to yesteryear (the good old days).

Our mail boat departs from the friendly little township/village of Havelock roughly half way between Picton and Nelson, or a third of the way between Blenheim and Nelson.

We deliver mail, parcels and passengers out into the beautiful Pelorus Sound 7days per week in summer and 3days per week in winter. While each day has us navigating different inlets and jetties, they all showcase the stunning scenery and majestic wildlife of the Marlborough Sounds.

Each of the three routes include commentary on the history of the Sounds, its residents and a full Greenshell Mussel Tour (weather permitting).

Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. 

Enthusiastic crew and family owned; you can’t help but enjoy this relaxing and personal experience in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

  • Discover Hidden bays and coves – That most tourists never get to
  • Learn the fascinating history of these characters who live way out here, far from town
  • See the local wildlife up close and personal and learn about the rare species in the area.
  • Every day is different on the mail boat.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day.



(Please Note - We have a reduced passenger limit set for our online booking system to allow us to control the maximum capacity depending on weather. If the trip should appear full please use the "Waiting List" option or call us on 03 574 1088.)




  • Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $128.00

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2 - Sunday Best of the Sounds Cruise with Lunch Stop or Historic Farm Tour. Operates Nov - April × × × × × × ×
2 - Sunday Best of the Sounds Cruise with Lunch Stop or Historic Farm Tour. Operates Nov - April

2 - Sunday Best of the Sounds Cruise with Lunch Stop or Historic Farm Tour. Operates Nov - April

Enjoy a leisurely cruise through Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds seeing the best of the Marlborough Sounds. On this tour you can enjoy a 1hr native bush walk, plus have a relaxing stop off for lunch or a farm tour, and visit the Gannet Colony.

The Sunday Best of the Sounds Cruise covers all the best parts of the Marlborough Sounds in one cruise. You will explore the Kenepuru Sound, the Pelorus Sound and the Tennyson Inlet seeing some of the best preserved native bush in New Zealand.

There is the opportunity to get off the boat for a 1hr native bush walk or have a short stroll or swim at the beautiful Jacob's Bay.

We will then head round to Wilson's Bay where you can either enjoy a tour of the Historic "Off the grid" farm there and enjoy your own picnic lunch or alternatively stop at The Lodge, Te Rawa for a menu lunch.

After lunch we head round through the Tennyson Inlet, possibly picking up trampers, mountain bikers and kayakers and then cruise round to the Australasian Gannet Colony - one of only two sea level Gannet Colonies in New Zealand. We will then meander our way back to Havelock returning between 3pm and 4pm.

Should time and weather permit we will also do a full tour through a Greenshell Mussel Farm.

  • Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $128.00

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4 - The Mail Run - Changed Departure time due to a charter × × × × × × ×
4 - The Mail Run - Changed Departure time due to a charter

4 - The Mail Run - Changed Departure time due to a charter

Join one of the last remaining ‘Genuine’ Mail Boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for almost a century. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run through the Marlborough Sounds.

One of the last genuine mail boats left anywhere in the world, the Pelorus Mail Boat is an iconic and fascinating look in to yesteryear (the good old days).

Our mail boat departs from the friendly little township/village of Havelock roughly half way between Picton and Nelson, or a third of the way between Blenheim and Nelson.

We deliver mail, parcels and passengers out into the beautiful Pelorus Sound three days a week (Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays). While each day has us navigating different inlets and jetties, they all showcase the stunning scenery and majestic wildlife of the Marlborough Sounds.

Each of the three mail runs include commentary on the history of the Sounds, its residents and a full Greenshell Mussel Tour (weather permitting).

Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. 

Enthusiastic crew and family owned; you can’t help but enjoy this relaxing and personal experience in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

  • Discover Hidden bays and coves – That most tourists never get to
  • Learn the fascinating history of these characters who live way out here, far from town
  • See the local wildlife up close and personal and learn about the rare species in the area.

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day.



(Please Note - We have a reduced passenger limit set for our
online booking system to allow us to control the maximum capacity depending on
weather. If the trip should appear full please use the "Waiting List"
option or call us on 03 574 1088.)




  • Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $128.00

Enter Number of Passengers *

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3 - Kenepuru and Raetihi Lunch Cruise (Optional Walk) × Book now 15 Available × Book now 15 Available Book now 15 Available Book now 15 Available Book now 15 Available
3 - Kenepuru and Raetihi Lunch Cruise (Optional Walk)

3 - Kenepuru and Raetihi Lunch Cruise (Optional Walk)

Cruise out through the Kenepuru Sound and stop at Raetihi for a beautiful and relaxing lunch at Raetihi Lodge. An easy and meandering walk is available but is optional or even take you swimming costume for a swim. 10am - 3.30pm

Cruise out through the Kenepuru Sound and stop at Raetihi for a beautiful and relaxing lunch at Raetihi Lodge. An easy and meandering walk is available but is optional.

Either jump off the boat at a nearby farm and walk through a lovely bit of New Zealand Native Bush for 40 - 50minutes to get to Raetihi or stay on board, relaxing and enjoying the scenery and get delivered right to the lodge. From the lodge you can go for as long  a walk as you like, go for a swim or sit back and enjoy the hospitality of Raetihi Lodge. Regular live music events are held through the summer.

Check in time at Havelock Marina is from 9am with a 10am departure. Collection from Raetihi is approximately 3pm arriving in Havelock approximately 3.30pm.

  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $60.00

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