Havelock

Travel Guide
Marlborough which includes forests, mountains and a marina

Taste fresh greenshell mussels, help deliver the local mail by boat in the Pelorus Sound and hike among the hills surrounding this idyllic coastal village.

Havelock is a small historic town in the labyrinthian Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand’s South Island. Known as the “Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World,” Havelock is the best place to go for fresh mussels. While there, enjoy the scenic Pelorus Sound and rugged, lush countryside that surrounds it.

Walk around town to get a feel for this small, charming community. Havelock retains some characteristic old colonial buildings from its boom days as a gold mining town in the late 1800s. Visit the Havelock Museum in the old Methodist church to learn about the timber and gold rush eras. Drive up to Cullen Point Lookout just to the northeast of town to get a view back down over the town and out over the sounds.

Delve further into the abundant nature surrounding Havelock. Take a guided kayak trip on the Pelorus River. As you paddle along, take in the lush scenery and learn about the flora and fauna. This is a must-do for fans of the New Zealand movie The Hobbit, as you get to visit actual film locations.

Get a feel for the surrounding community and enjoy the sights at a relaxed pace by joining the Pelorus Mail Boat on its day-long delivery round to the remote residents in the region. Mail has been delivered like this since 1918. Listen to stories about the way of life and history of the Marlborough Sounds from your knowledgeable hosts. Watch for dolphins, seals and birds that thrive in this pristine environment.

Continue your nature discovery with a trip to the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Enjoy a gentle stroll on one of the short tracks or challenge yourself to a longer hike. Check out the giant totara tree and cross the swing bridge, relax with a picnic beside the river or jump in for a refreshing swim.

Finish off with a relaxing boat trip to visit a mussel farm. See how the mussels are grown and harvested. On the way back, take in the iconic scenery of the Marlborough Sounds, taste freshly cooked mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough sauvignon blanc. In Havelock you really see, feel, experience and even taste nature at its finest.

Bluemoon Lodge
Bluemoon Lodge
2 out of 5
48 SH6 Main Rd, Havelock
The price is NZ$74 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Situated by the ocean, this hostel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Pelorus Sound and within 3 miles (5 km) of Shark Nett Gallery and Mahakipawa Arm. Okiwa Bay is 10.5 ...
3.5/5Good! (38 reviews)
"Cosy kitchen. Didn't much like the room, which was a concrete box, but serviceable enough for a quick overnight stay after catching the late ferry."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2021

Bluemoon Lodge
Havelock Motel and Motor Lodge
Havelock Motel and Motor Lodge
3 out of 5
50 Main Road, Havelock
The price is NZ$167 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Located in the heart of Havelock, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Pelorus Sound and within 3 miles (5 km) of Shark Nett Gallery and Mahakipawa Arm. Okiwa ...
4.1/5Very Good! (86 reviews)
"Comfortable unit. Very confy befs"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Havelock Motel and Motor Lodge
Marlborough Sounds  Luxury  Holiday  Home
Marlborough Sounds Luxury Holiday Home
792 Queen Charlotte Drive, Havelock, Marlborough
The price is NZ$252 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Situated in Havelock, this holiday home is steps away from Pelorus Sound and Mahakipawa Arm. Shark Nett Gallery is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"Place was great beautiful views very warm for middle winter"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Marlborough Sounds Luxury Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Marlborough Sounds  Luxury  Holiday  Home
Marlborough Sounds Luxury Holiday Home
792 Queen Charlotte Drive, Havelock, Marlborough
The price is NZ$252 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Situated in Havelock, this holiday home is steps away from Pelorus Sound and Mahakipawa Arm. Shark Nett Gallery is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"Place was great beautiful views very warm for middle winter"

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Marlborough Sounds Luxury Holiday Home
Marlborough Sounds Holiday Home Brand New Sea Views 3brm with Large Deck
Marlborough Sounds Holiday Home Brand New Sea Views 3brm with Large Deck
802 Queen Charlotte Dr, Havelock, Marlborough
The price is NZ$358 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
This family-friendly Havelock holiday home is steps away from Pelorus Sound and Mahakipawa Arm. Shark Nett Gallery is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
4.9/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Secret haven
"Lovely property which was warm and comfortable."

Reviewed on 20 May 2021

Marlborough Sounds Holiday Home Brand New Sea Views 3brm with Large Deck
The Tin Shed - Havelock Holiday Home
The Tin Shed - Havelock Holiday Home
13B Beach Place, Havelock, Marlborough
Situated in Havelock, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pelorus Sound and Shark Nett Gallery. Mahakipawa Arm is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great place
"Nice & Batchy for a new crib"

Reviewed on 5 Jan. 2021

The Tin Shed - Havelock Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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