Depart Havelock Marina at 9:30am. We cruise out for 30 minutes to our first stop at Whatanihi. This jetty serves a small community of families who anxiously wait for their mail each week. Here you may meet one of the young children who take part in the Correspondence Schooling Programme.
From there we cross to the eastern side of Pelorus Sound on to Nikau Bay. Here you will see the first of many mussel farms and will learn about how they grow and are harvested and what they mean to the town of Havelock.
Next we cruise in to South East Bay where one of the oldest homesteads in the Sounds is located, Pokokini. It was built in the 1860s and remains a beautiful spot with a wide variety of trees, vegetation, fruit and vegetables growing in abundance. The rustic old pier complete with cargo shed is still standing where, in the 1800s, the cream was loaded on to the mail boat to be taken to the Butter Factory in Paradise Bay.
Later we stop at the Australasian Gannet colony (weather and season permitting). We watch parent birds tending to their chicks, diving for food preening and socialising very loudly. It’s a great opportunity to see these spectacular birds in their family environment.
On the way home, we are often able to stop off at Jacobs Bay and go ashore to the Dillon Bell Reserve. Here you can wander through the last remaining patch of virgin forest which was set aside as reserve in the 1860s, explore the native bush, relax on the beach or even go for a swim in the clear blue water.
Return to Havelock approx. 4.30pm.
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).