Pelorus Mail Boat

Pelorus Mail Boat


24 Rankers Reviews

20 Face-to-Face

8 Outer Marlborough Sounds

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Dina Schurer


Ranking: 10/10

Full day of entertainment through the Charlotte Sound.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Evie Sel

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Havelock gateway to the Pelorus Sounds is a must to do.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Thomas and Sonja


Ranking: 6/10

$128 per person is overprices. Very friendly skipper who told us a lot of interesting stories.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Alan Graham


Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful way to explore the Sound and discover all about the remote communities dotted along its scenic coast. Our hosts, owner/skipper, Jim and his co-skipper Penny were truly professional as diligent 'Posties', crew and guides. Thanks!

Where else in the World would you have dogs, pigs, sheep, hens & people waiting at the end of a jetty waiting for their post???

A 'must do' when we visit again.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Greg Fischer

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent trip. Educational and personal. Boat was very crowded with 29 people.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

Did the Friday cruise on the mail boat to the outer edges of the sound with the ginger Jock Jim and his faithful sidekick Penny who picked us up from Picton. The trip was in good weather and there was commentary as we were shown the sights as they did their mail run to the locals. We got to see a pod of dolphins swimming with the boat and feed the pigs that are tame on the jetty as he delivered mail to one of the properties.
Was a full day and excellent value for money at $128 with free pickup and drop off in Picton. Free tea and coffee were provided.

Highly recommended as a good day out.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Duncan Mallison

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

xcellent way to get out on the Marlborough Sounds. Delivering post to the locals. Full day of sailing 9.30 to 4.30pm. Morning spent delivering the post, afternoon the opportunity is provided to get off the boat and walk.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

What a wonderful way to see the Marlborough Sounds.

We had discovered this trip whilst driving through Havelock and thought it would be a good way to see some of the more outlying parts of the Sounds.

We were not disappointed and fortunately we were blessed with a beautiful

Jim was great host and his brother was on hand to assist the day we sailed. He was able to provide a most informative commentary during the trip identifying the more interesting aspects that we visible from the boat as well as descriptions of the islolated homesteads who do not have traditional mail deliveries.

Complimentary tea and cofee is provided during the duratin of the trip and Jim brings round his tin of biscuits periodically.

The trip takes you out right to the Tasman Sea where you will see seals and if you are lucky blue penguins and dolphins. You will also have the opportunity of seeing up close the mussel beds in the Sounds.

This is a full day tour and extremely good value for money and we have no reservations in highly recommending this trip to future passengers

Reviewed over 9 years ago