Havelock

Our Region

Havelock, Pelorus and Kenepuru

Tucked in beside beautiful wetlands, gorgeous native bush, and the magical Kenepuru, Mahau and Pelorus Sounds, lies the Greenshell ™ Mussel capital of the world.

In the waters beyond, you’ll find rich history, wonderful landscapes and perhaps a fat snapper or two.

Access these magical waterways by boat, or walk to beautiful trails like Nydia Bay. You can also explore the area on the Kenepuru Road, or by driving via the stunning Pelorus River to French Pass, gateway to D’Urville Island.

The Pelorus River is a popular campsite and swimming spot, located right in the middle of Middle Earth. Swim or kayak along the location of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and see the views that captured movie director Sir Peter Jackson's imagination as he chose it as the location for the film's barrel run scene.

 

Visit a mussel farm

Activities

Take a tour boat to one of the mussel, oyster or salmon farms within our unique waterways to see how some of our wonderful seafood is grown.

greenshell-mussels

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Fresh Marlborough seafood

Wine & Food

Marlborough salmon and mussels are available at a range of foodie outlets. Seafood (or more strictly Sounds food) with a crisp ‘chardie’ or ‘sav blanc’ is heaven on earth!

Fresh Marlborough seafood

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Follow the gold trail

Activities

Walk to Devil’s Creek on the Wakamarina trail, retracing the footsteps of gold miners and staying overnight in the DOC hut.

Follow the gold trail

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Kayak the Pelorus River

Activities

Discover the beautiful location of the dwarves in a river scene from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' travelling by kayak in lieu of barrel.

Kayak the Pelorus River

Pelorus Eco Adventures

Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival

Events

Head to Havelock in March, when it hosts the annual Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival, a great day out for the whole family.

Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival

Take the mail boat

Activities

Travel from Havelock or Picton and call in to isolated homesteads and secluded bays to deliver mail and groceries to families living in the Marlborough Sounds.

Take the mail boat

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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Walks
Activities

Walks

Get to know Marlborough step by step, via walking tracks to alpine peaks, golden trails on working farms and native bush walks in the Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough walks can be as challenging as Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku, as beautiful as the Queen Charlotte Track and as relaxing as the Taylor River reserve.

Whether you’re hiking for a day or a week, staying in a tent, hut or lodge, you’ll love the pace of Marlborough.

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