Pelorus Mail Boat – Marlborough Sounds
Brief history of the Pelorus Mail Boat
Mail was first delivered to the Marlborough Sounds by Government Steamer in 1912. The Steamer put the mail ashore at various small Post Offices throughout the area and the residents had to row to these points to pick their mail up.
In 1925 the Government decided to put the Service out to Private Operators and the Mail Run, as we do it today, was born.
In the early years most of the goods carried were farming supplies and a few tourists. These days we still take farm supplies and residents to and from their homes.
In summer, we drop people at their holiday homes and we also take people to some of the unique holiday accommodation available in the Pelorus Sound.
And of course we warmly welcome people who wish to share the day with us as we deliver the mail and help support the community of Pelorus Sound.
Pelorous Sound Tours
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays you have the opportunity to join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run in the Marlborough Sounds. You’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way it has been done for decades. 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.
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.
Exclusive charters and group enquiries also welcome.
Enquiries & Bookings
The popular Mailboat operates on Pelorus Sound three times weekly.
The Tuesday trip includes a scheduled stop at Te Rawa ($40 pp each way). On Thursday and Friday we will also pick up and drop off at Te Rawa on request for another price.