Havelock is a town in Marlborough known as the green-shell mussel capital of the world. It is the major access point to the Pelorus Sound, one of the 2 major sounds of the Marlborough Sounds. There must be something in the water as two of the world's greatest scientists had their education in Havelock: Sir Ernest Rutherford, the first man to split the atom and the rocket scientist William Pickering.
Havelock is on State Highway 6 between Blenheim (30 minutes) and Nelson (45 minutes). There are 2 choices of traveling to Picton. The turnoff to the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive on the eastern side of town. Queen Charlotte Drive is narrow and windy, with commanding views over the Keneperu and inner Queen Charlotte Sounds. Allow 1 hour to travel this route. The alternative is via the Wairau valley. From Picton, head initially down State Highway 1 in the direction of Blenheim. At the settlement of Spring Creek, turn west down Rapaura Rd and travel length of this road. At the intersection turn north to travel to havelock. Allow 45 minutes for this journey.
Taxidermist (Eyes on Nature), 61 Main Street (The old historic post office), ☎ 03 574 1256 (fax: 03 574 1259), . Tuesday to Sunday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (October – March); 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (April – September). edit
Havelock Museum Flea Market, Museum, Main Road, ☎ Rita 03 574 2176, Joan 03 574 2435. Every Saturday except in bad weathers, 10am - 1pm. Crafts, preserves, plants etc. Proceeds to Havelock Museum edit
Nelson, craft brewing and artistic centre with the best climate in New Zealand is the obvious next stop a couple of hours away
Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus Sound.
Pelorus Mail Boat, Jetty 1 Havelock Marina, ☎ 03 574 1088 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. Departs from Havelock Marina 9:30 am - Returns to Havelock late afternoon. A courtesy coach is available from Picton and return.Adults $128, Children Free. edit
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