Depart Havelock Marina at 9:30am. Today is our longest route and takes you to the Outer Sounds with views out to Cook Strait and the North Island. Our first stop is Pohuenui Island Resort once the site of a large sheep station running around 16000 sheep. The island is now used for a combination of farming and tourist accommodation offering access to the wonderful fishing areas of the sounds, hunting and walking tracks. You can stay here for the week and we can pick you up the next time we call in.
On then to Tui Nature Reserve. The reserve is set on a peninsula with beautiful views all around. Again you can stay here and tell us about your adventure when we pick you up a week later.
One of our next stops is Bulwer Town. In the 19th century, it was thought that this spot would be an ideal place to establish a port for sailing ships. A survey was carried out, streets and houses were planned but the town was never built. There are a number of unusual pets in the Sounds including goats, sheep and Kunekune pigs and meet them all on this run.
Farming practices in the Sounds have changed so that most of the income is generated from mussels rather than traditional agriculture. On this trip we drop mail at one of the families that have converted to mussel farming but also have a traditional sheep farm.
Time and weather permitting we also visit the King Shag colony. This is a pink footed shag found only in the Outer Sounds.
We often see seals basking in the sunshine in this area and may also see dolphins playing in the channel.
Last stop today is at Te Puru, home of the Brownlee family who were legendary in the early years of Havelock and the sawmill industry.
Return to Havelock approx. 5.00pm
Please note – We have a reduced limit set for our online booking system to allow us to control the maximum capacity depending on weather. If the trip should appear full please use the “Waiting List” option or call us on 03 574 1088.
Children up to and including 15 yrs Free*
Tea and Coffee supplied
Bring your own lunch
*max 2 children per full adult fare
DISCLAIMER – Routes and timings may vary due to tides, weather and delivery requirements (no two days the same on the Mail Run).