Pelorus 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.


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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.

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Physical address

Pier B, Havelock, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $140.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Cancellation policy:
No charge is applied to cancellations 48 hours or more before the departure time. No refund is made to cancellations made within 48 hours of departure. Date changes to your booking are possible up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure time at no additional charge, and are subject to availability.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
20mins from Blenheim Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
5min walk from Havelock Bus Stop and 30mins from Blenheim Bus Terminal - pick up available
Proximity to town:
In Havelock 30mins from Blenheim, 45mins from Picton & 75mins from Nelson

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Opening times

Business hours:
Office 8am-8pm, 7 days, all year. Mailruns - Tues, Thurs & Fri (Nov to April 7 days a week)
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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