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 corners 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

Wine & Food

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.

Visit a mussel farm

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Kayak the Pelorus River

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

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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

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Picnic riverside at Pelorus

Grab some sticky buns and coffee for a romantic picnic on the edge of the Pelorus River, followed by bush walks and a dip in the water.

Picnic riverside at Pelorus

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Relax at a resort

Curl up in the warmth with a good book in a beautiful resort, looking up only to enjoy the view, order your lunch or head off for a massage.

Relax at a resort

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Walk the Nydia Track

Walk the two day Nydia Track. Stay at a DOC hut or eco lodge in Nydia Bay, then carry on to Tennyson Inlet or return the way you came.

Walk the Nydia Track

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Water Activities
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Water Activities

Explore 1500km of winding coastline, secluded bays, historic sites, marine reserves and island sanctuaries, fostering kiwi and other native species.

Beautiful beaches and native bush surround the sunken valleys of water, and every bay beckons. Some can be reached by road, but the only way to really discover the sounds is by water. Kayak, sail or motor your way through the Marlborough Sounds and share in our beautiful treasure.

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