Pelorus Mail Boat LtdPier B Havelock Marina, Havelock
Tel: +64 3-574 1088
5.0 Stars written by nopparat yokubon
One of the highlights for our second visit to South Island. While we had a bit of bad weather at the start of the tour, the weather cleared up toward the second half. Loads of fun learning about the history of the mailrun business, fascinating stories about residents of the Marlborough Sound and seeing the staff in action delivering anything from people, groceries to mails! Highly recommend booking a tour if you're around the area. We even got to see a pod of dolphins..must be 50 of them swimming around the boat. Simply magical!
5.0 Stars written by Neil Dodgson
A great trip out into the outer Sounds. Despite being choppy seas and grey weather on the day we went, we had a wonderful time. We dropped mail off at about eight remote jetties, had a tour of a mussel farm, enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of the three minutes of rough seas in the whole six hour sailing, got a running commentary on the history and present of theSounds settlements, and got to run with a pod of dolphins twice - once on the way out and once on the way back. The operators cannot promise the rough patch of sea or the dolphins, but everything else comes with every trip. The boat is new, with internal seating for about sixty people and seating on the roof for those who brave the wind. We had a chilly rainy day, so most folk stayed inside a lot of the time and went upstairs for the mail deliveries. Instant coffee, tea and biscuits on tap for the whole trip. Be aware that you stay on the boat the whole six hours if you do the trip to the outer Sounds. You get a lunch break on land for the other two routes.
5.0 Stars written by Luzette Donohue
Jim and Bindy kept us informed and entertained on board while providing a valuable community service for the locals. They work hard but never stop laughing and sharing their love for their job and the location. We had a grand day out in Jimmy's new boat which is fast, smooth and comfortable.
5.0 Stars written by Wendy Wong
We had a fantastic experience with the Sunday cruise. The skipper was friendly and had a great sense of humour. We visited many Sounds, the mussel farms, had a chance to see the mussels up really close and learned about them, visited a historic working farm with a personal tour and BYO picnic, and saw a gunnet colony too. Though it was Sunday, we did see mails delivered... later we learned the history of this mail boat service and how it has played an important part of people's livelihood in the region (so much so that the Queen had rewarded the mail boat founder with a medal), which was beyond the value of what a touristy sightseeing cruise could bring.
5.0 Stars written by Ilse Franckaert
Superb. A lot of money but worth it, we even saw dolphins!