Which Route/Cruise is best?
Every day on the mailboat is unique. You will see wonderful scenery on all three runs. The mail gets delivered on all three runs. Tuesday delivers to the most bays and families and cruises up the Western side of the Pelorus Sound. Thursday is the best if you want to get close to the gannet colony, or if you would like to get off the boat for a walk or swim. It is also the best for young children. Friday is the longest and gets right out to the outer Pelorus Sound but it has the least chance of a stop for a walk or swim.
Is the Sunday cruise just as good as the actual MailRun cruise?
The Sunday cruise is just as good as the MailRun as it brings all the best highlights into the one cruise! Yes, we don’t deliver mail and parcels, but that just means there is more time to enjoy the beauty, scenery and sites of the sounds.
What about the weather?
The Marlborough Sounds is a very sheltered area so it is rare for the mailboat not to run. Marlborough also has some of the highest sunshine hours of anywhere in New Zealand. But, of course, we are still susceptible to the odd wild wet and windy day so you are welcome to ring us for a “Skipper’s” weather report (much more accurate than the TV or internet for the local area). If the weather is not to your liking there is no cancellation fee but we do appreciate a call to let us know you are not coming.
Autumn and Winter weather can be stunning with glassy calm conditions a regular feature at these times of year. Bring an extra layer and you’ll enjoy some spectacular light and colours at this time of year, it is much quieter on the boat and there are more dolphins too.
Do you actually deliver mail?
Yes. We are a genuine Royal Mail delivery service to the Sounds community. We also deliver freight, groceries and transfer residents and holiday makers to and from their property.
What wildlife are we likely to see?
We see all sorts of wildlife and very day is different. Some days we can see lots and then other days we don’t. The weather, tide, time of year and luck all play a part on what we see. Regularly we will come across Little Blue Penguins, White Fronted Terns, Fluttering Shearwaters, 5 species of Shags including King Shags (New Zealand’s rarest), Spotted Shags and Pied Shags . We also NZ Fur Seals, Stingrays and 3 species of Dolphins – Dusky Dolphins, Common Dolphins and Bottle Nose Dolphins with very occasional sightings of Orca.
Of course we also see the various and eclectic pets that the residents have from dogs to chickens, Kunekune pigs to ostriches, from goats to llamas.
Can we pay by credit card?
Yes, we take Visa, Mastercard or New Zealand EFTPOS
How do we pay for lunch at The Lodge a Te Rawa?
You are able to pay by cash, eftpos or credit card.
What do we need to bring?
- Bring your own lunch (we have free tea, coffee and filtered water on board)
- Sunhat (unless you want to purchase one of our exclusive sunhats available on board)
- Camera, memory card and battery
- Different layers of clothing – the weather can change
- Money, if you plan on purchasing lunch
- Swim wear for our Thursday cruise if you want to have a swim
Are there toilets on board?
Yes, there are two traditional household toilets on board.
Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes, we do have wheelchair access, prior notice is recommended and a maximum of two per cruise.
Is there vehicle parking available at the marina?
Yes, there is lots of parking at the marina for all sizes of vehicles. The parking is owned by the marina company and they charge $6 per day. There is some free parking available elsewhere in Havelock and it is a short walk to the marina.
What time do we get back?
Return time varies quite a bit depending on the number of deliveries on the day, what the tide is doing and also what we see on the day. We aim to be back between 4pm and 5pm but we run a relaxed schedule and do our utmost to enjoy what we see on the day and this can vary our return time significantly.
Do you have any jobs going?
Unfortunately, not at this time but you never know your luck!
Places to stay?
There are some great places to stay in the Pelorus Sound and also in and around Havelock. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check our links page on this website.
Kayaks, bikes and dogs?
Yes, we can carry kayaks, bikes and dogs. We have limited space at certain times of year so please contact us for your specific requirements on email@example.com
Do you sell vouchers?
Yes, please click the voucher check box on our booking page.