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Havelock (New Zealand)

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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[8], the first man to split the atom and the rocket scientist William Pickering[9].

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

Havelock is on State Highway 6 between Blenheim (30 minutes) and Nelson (45 minutes). There are 2 choices of traveling to Picton. The first begins at 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.

By Bus[edit]

A bus company[10] and a shuttle bus company[11] travel Picton-Nelson return all of which pass through Blenheim.

Get around[edit]

Havelock is small enough to walk across in 10 minutes.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Havelock Museum, Main Road (next to the Clansman).  edit
  • Rutherford and Pickering Memorial, Main Road, [1]. Memorial to Havelock's famous scientists  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk the Nydia Track. 2 day trek leaves from Kaiumu Bay to Duncan Bay, Tennyson Inlet. Unless you walk back to the start of the track you will need transport. Shuttle and boat options.
  • Visit Pelorus Bridge. Swimming hole, campground and bush walks for all levels of fitness in native bush. 15 minutes west of Havelock.
  • Greenshell Mussel Cruise, Jetty 1a, Havelock Marina, 03 577 9997 or 0800 990 800 (), [2]. November 1 - March 31 at 1.30pm.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Taxidermist (Eyes on Nature), 61 Main Street (The old historic post office), 03 574 1256 (fax: 03 574 1259), [3]. 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

Eat[edit][add listing]

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Blue Moon Backpackers, 48 Main Road, 03 574 2212, [4]. $19 - $26 per person.  edit
  • Rutherford YHA, 46 Main Rd, 03 574 2104 (, fax: 03 574 2109). $11 to $26 per person.  edit

Mid Range[edit]

  • Havelock Garden Motels, 71 Main Road, 03 574 2387 (fax: 03 574 2376), [5]. $95 - $140.  edit


Get out[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 (), [6]. 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
  • Marlborough Travel, 03 577 9997 or 0800 990 800 (, fax: 03 577 9979), [7].  edit
  • Pelorus Belle Water Taxi, 027 444 2852 or 03 574 2151 ().  edit
  • Havelock Water Taxi, 027 618 3585 ().  edit

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