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.

Set sail in the Sounds

Bring your yacht or charter one here, for beautiful cruising in the Marlborough Sounds, where winter brings crisp and calm blue-sky days.

Set sail in the Sounds

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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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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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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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Take the mail boat

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

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Celebrate the Greenshell ™ mussel

Events

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

Celebrate the Greenshell ™ mussel

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Water Activities
Things to do

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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