Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere - 5-6 hours - 3 routes/ 3 departures per week Monday, Wednesday & Friday

The Mail Run Cruise

Adult
$125
Child
$50 5-15 years
Infant
Free Under 5 years
Family
$300 (2 adults & 2 children)
Departure
10am
Return
3:30pm to 4:30pm

See our lunch options below, we'll provide tea, coffee and hot water onboard.

Booking fee of 2.5% applies - includes card, administration and associated costs.

Full-day tour in Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere, Marlborough Sounds. Departs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays weekly, and from Dec 30th we depart Saturdays. 

We think being a ‘sea postie’ is one of the best jobs in the world, and it is something you can experience onboard with us all year round!

Delivering the mail by sea in the Marlborough Sounds is a truly unique experience. This full-day cruise is a chance to see an authentic, fascinating slice of daily life in our remote part of the world.

The Pelorus Mail Boat has been operating for more than a century. As a sea postie for a day, you’ll cruise through the largest, quietest and most remote part of the Marlborough Sounds – Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere and Kenepuru Sound, and experience what we reckon is the best job in the world.

Between deliveries and pick-ups of mail, parcels and supplies, relax on our spacious catamaran and marvel at the stunning scenery of clear blue water in tranquil coves and bush-clad hillsides. Meet some of the residents who await the Pelorus Mail Boat on far-flung jetties, unspoilt beaches or who meet us on their boats. A highlight for many of our passengers is the variety of four-footed furry residents who accompany their owners when we arrive.

Our friendly, fun local crew will provide informative and entertainment commentary about life in this isolated part of the Marlborough Sounds. You’ll learn what life far away from the nearest road is really like, along with some of the area’s fascinating history. The crew will also keep an expert eye for local marine wildlife including dolphins, seals, penguins and stingrays.

There is free tea, coffee and hot water onboard and we have a range of local beers and wines available for purchase. 

Lunch options 

Monday - Lunch options include ordering lunch from Te Rawa lodge, this is done upon check in & payment is made directly at the lodge OR bring a picnic lunch & enjoy a farm tour at the Wilson Bay Farm (subject to weather and availability). Please note, it is one or the other, you can not do both.

Wednesday - Lunch options include ordering lunch from Te Rawa lodge, this is done upon check in & payment is made directly at the lodge OR bring a picnic lunch & enjoy a farm tour at the Wilson Bay Farm (subject to weather and availability). Please note, it is one or the other, you can not do both.

Friday mailrun - Please bring your own lunch.

Saturday (from Dec 30th) Lunch options include ordering lunch from Te Rawa lodge, this is done upon check in & payment is made directly at the lodge OR bring a picnic lunch & enjoy a farm tour at the Wilson Bay Farm (subject to weather and availability). Please note, it is one or the other, you can not do both.

Havelock has several cafes, a bakery and a small supermarket where you can stock up before you check in.

Alcohol may not be brought onboard the mailboat.

Dog on jetty being patted by Pelorus Mail Boat skipper.

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