The ONLY Way To See The REAL Marlborough Sounds
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. Whilst we are delivering, you’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet us, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches. The people of the Marlborough Sounds are as much a part of the area as the history and majestic beauty. It really is a great way to cruise the Marlborough Sounds!
Over the winter months (May to October), we deliver on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays; and during the summer months (November to April), we deliver Monday through to Saturday. Also, during the summer months, you can join us on Sundays for our ‘Best of the Sounds Cruise’. View all cruise options now. Not only that, but we offer transfers and boat charters around the Pelorus Sound!
Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run or drop you at your accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds.
Discover Hidden bays and coves – That most tourists never see
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
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.
- What Will You DoItinerary:
9:30am: Arrival, check-in and board
10:00am: Depart Havelock Marina
10:00am to 12:00pm*: Various deliveries and transfers – highlights may include mussel farm tour and bush walk
12:00pm*: Stop for lunch – Purchase lunch (at your own cost – cash, credit card or eftpos) while relaxing at the Lodge at Te Rawa or BYO picnic to enjoy during the historic farm tour
12:45pm to 3:30pm*: Various deliveries and transfers – highlights may include visiting the king shag colony or Wilson Bay farm tour
3:30pm to 4:30pm: Return to Havelock Marina
* Please note that these times can and will vary due to weather and pick-ups and drop-offs.
- What To ExpectMail Run Cruise
Eastern Route – Mon & Thurs* – Highlights include Gannet Colony & Jacobs walk or farm tour
Outer Route – Tues* & Fri – Highlights include King Shag Colony
Western Route – Wed & Sat* – Highlights include 1 hour walk & Jacobs Bay (walk is optional)