Depart Havelock Marina at 9:30am. We cruise out for 30 minutes to our first mail stop at Paradise Point and then on to Paradise Bay, the site of the Butter Factory operating at its peak in the 1930s. The dairy industry was very important during this time and we’ll tell you all about it and why the mail run was called the “Cream Run”.
One of our next stops is Nydia Bay, the site of a once great saw-milling area and the great wooden rail line that went over the ridge. The old railway track now makes up part of the “Nydia Track” a beautiful 2 day bush tramp or mountain bike ride. Nydia Bay is also home to a number of Greenshell Mussel Farms which you will learn all about on the tour.
As we continue on, we visit North West Bay, once a great farming basin and we also deliver the mail and supplies to one of the last remaining commercial farms in Pelorus Sound, located in Wilson Bay. The farm has been in the same family for 6 generations.
Later we stop at Maud Island, a wildlife reserve run by the Department of Conservation. It is dedicated to breeding a number of endangered species including Takahe, Giant Weta and Maud Island Frog (a close and rarer relative of the Hamilton Frog). Seals also enjoy spending time on the Island and we often see them basking on the rocks.
Return to Havelock at 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).