Deckhand Tiria greets her four-legged friends at a jetty on a Pelorus Mail Boat cruise.
Deckhand Tiria greets her four-legged friends at a jetty on a Pelorus Mail Boat cruise.

Join New Zealand's original mail boat

The Pelorus Mail Boat has been delivering mail by water to the residents of the Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere in the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, since 1918.

For over 100 years The Mail Run – carrying mail, along with groceries, farming supplies and tourists – has cruised the waters of the remote Sounds, creating a lifeline to the outside world for those living in areas without road access.

Join a day cruise on the mail run and meet local residents, learn the history of Pelorus Sound, spot plentiful wildlife and enjoy our beautiful and unique part of the world.

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What people are saying about us

Panoramic view of the Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere from behind boat with wake, during a Mail Run Cruise.

Best commute to Havelock

This was a much appreciated opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery and wonderful hospitality of Levon and Ti. I particularly enjoyed the informative commentary around the history and residents of Pelorus Sound.

Amanda G - TripAdvisor

What a fantastic experience

Skipper and crew were just so full of historical knowledge about the Sounds and we really did get involved in the journey. So glad we decided to make the effort to come to Havelock and do this. Would highly recommend it .

John J - Google
Dolphin spotted during Pelorus Mail Boat Cruise in the Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere.

Very informative and stunning scenery.

Saw dolphins and seals along the way. ABSOLUTELY recommend this trip.

kimbrigittetaylor - TripAdvisor
Pelorus Mail Boat at sunset in the water during a charter.

Wonderful staff who clearly enjoy their job as posties in the Sounds. Informative and very enjoyable.

L MacInnes - Facebook
The Pelorus Mail Boat exploring the bays of Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere.

Those guys love their job but if they need a break I will take over. What a great job. Was a heap of fun.

Alistair T - Facebook


A comfortable ship, a calm fine day, beautiful scenery, Dolphin, penguins, seals (one gave us a lesson on how to eat a fish), Sting Rays, King Shags, Spotted Shags, Royal Spoon Bills and a whole lot of other birds.

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