• Escorted Tour

New Zealand's Original Mailboat Around Pelorus Sounds

Plus Blenheim and Nelson

The Pelorus Mail Boat is one of the last remaining ‘Genuine’ Mail Boats left anywhere in the world and has been delivering mail by water to the residents of the Pelorus Sound since 1918. 

For over 100 years The Mail Run – carrying mail, along with groceries, farming supplies and tourists – has cruised the waters of the remote Sounds, creating a lifeline to the outside world for those living in areas without road access.

Whilst delivering, you’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays and view mussel farms to 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 day trip includes commentary on the history of the Sounds and its residents. 

A chance to see the REAL Sounds

Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 06 April

Auckland – Blenheim

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Mid-morning departure on Air New Zealand, on arrival a transfer to a nearby
vineyard for a two course lunch with matching wines. Afterwards we check into our central city accommodation. Rest of afternoon free.

Thursday 07 April


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Later this morning a transfer to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
The Omaka Aviation Heritage Center displays in incredible collection of World War I and World War II aircraft and memorabilia owned by film director Sir
Peter Jackson. Many of the aircraft are displayed in a manner that makes them appear to be flying - and fighting. For those interested in aircraft history, this is an excellent opportunity to view the evolution of aircraft by many of the WW I and WW II combatants.
This evening meet for an included dinner at the hotel.

Friday 08 April

Blenheim – Mail Boat Cruise – Nelson

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After breakfast depart for Havelock where we join the Pelorus Sounds Mail Boat a 15-metre catamaran which was custom built locally in 2017 by the
previous owners of the Pelorus Mail Boat.The previous boat had also been built by its owners at the time and had been in use for 30 years before its replacement.
On board the trip includes commentary on the history of the Sounds and its residents plus complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits all day. There are
two decks; open sundeck with seats, a closed lower deck with seating. Friday is The Outer Sounds Route which includes Inner Pelorus Sound, Pohuenui Island, Whakatahuri, Forsyth Island, Port Ligar, Bulwer, Homewood, Waitata Bay, Hopewell Lodge and Jacobs Bay. On disembarkation we coach to Nelson.

Saturday 09 April


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After a full day, this morning provides time to leisurely take in Nelson’s renowned Saturday craft market. Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy
the city. Evening free.

Sunday 10 April

Sightseeing tour

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Today enjoy a sightseeing tour around Nelson before heading to Mapua to browse and perhaps coffee. Continue along the coastal road to Motueka. Return to Nelson. Farewell dinner tonight. 

Monday 11 April

Return Home

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The return flight isearly evening, so time for some retail therapy before transferring to the airport.


• Air New Zealand Flights Auckland Blenheim // Nelson Auckland *other destinations please ask. 

• Five nights accommodation 

• Breakfast daily

• Two lunches,Three dinners

• Entry to he Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

• A vineyard lunch

• Full day excursion onboard the Pelorus Sounds Mailboat

• Sightseeing of Nelson Mapua and onto Motueka

· Tour escort subject to 15 pax travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
  $2,330  $2,770

*This is a cash or direct debit price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Cancellation Insurance

• Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

•A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
•Full payment by 18 February 2022


•Deposit is non refundable
•After full payment– no refund is available
• If this tour is cancelled due to Covid 19 government travel restrictions, and a refund is available,Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and
administrative fee of $350 per person

Travel Insurance

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Terms and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Health and Fitness

•To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a  reasonable standard of fitness is required.

•Mobility frames and wheelchairs are not practical or    permitted

Covid-19 Vaccination

• All travellers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination. It is important that the date of vaccination of your final dose is
at least 14 days before the tour departure date.

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change