10 Things to Do in Havelock That You Shouldn't Miss

September 28, 2017 Terina Blouin

Havelock is a coastal village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It sits at the head of Pelorus Sound, one of the Marlborough Sounds, and at the mouth of the Pelorus and Kaituna Rivers.
Restaurants in Havelock

1. Pelorus Eco Adventures

48 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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5 based on 201 reviews

Pelorus Eco Adventures

KAYAK NEW ZEALAND'S MOST BEAUTIFUL RIVER. Are you looking for a fun and easy-going way to discover spectacular New Zealand’s scenery? Do you want to spend a great day out with your family or friends? Are you a Hobbit fan and you don’t want to miss any of the famous filming locations? Then, the Hobbit Kayak Tour is for you!

Reviewed By Matthew L - Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada

I could have done this all day! Loved every minute of it. The crew were amazing! Good training. Great equipment. Would do it again in a heart beat! Can't recommend this enough!

2. Pelorus Mail Boat

Havelock Marina | Jetty 1, Havelock, New Zealand
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5 based on 334 reviews

Pelorus Mail Boat

An all day cruise through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds delivering mail and groceries to remote and secluded properties. The Pelorus Sound is the largest of the Sounds and the Mail Boat is a lifeline to the people living in this boat access wonderland.You will hear a great selection of stories about life in the sounds, its history, and how the mail has been delivered like this since 1918.You will also get to experience the marine and bird life in the area including 5 types of Dolphins, Australasian Gannets, rare Shags, Seals and many more.A full Mussel Farm tour is also included and there is usually an opportunity to see the Mussel Boats operating during harvesting or seeding. We will stop off at a local lodge and passengers are able to buy lunch or bring your own lunch and come with us to a local farm for a tour. You will also be able to enjoy a bush walk or swim if you would like. We are now operating 7 days in summer, which is November to April.

Reviewed By MOS552 - Chester, United Kingdom

The Mail Boat journey was fascinating and varied, allowing one to see so much more of the Sounds landscapes and way of life. On board refreshments, a stop for lunch all allowed the day to flow smoothly. Lots of informative tales added to the enjoyment of travelling through an amazing landscape. Jim and Bindy were knowledgable and entertaining and provided lots of additional information through the onboard books.
Watching the mussel boats bringing up the catch just one of many varied experiences during the day. One of the best days on my New Zealand visit. Thank you both, especially Bindy for the pick up from Picton.

3. Greenshell Mussel Daily Cruise

C Pier, Havelock Marina, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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5 based on 137 reviews

Greenshell Mussel Daily Cruise

Enjoy an afternoon scenic cruise on the Greenshell Mussel Cruise from the Havelock Marina into the Marlborough Sounds. Departing daily at 1.30pm this cruise visits a Greenshell Mussel Farm for freshly steamed mussels and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough.Greenshell Mussel Cruise operates daily from October through until mid April each year. Please check our Website for seasonal information, daily departure information, availability and pricing. Bookings are essential so please book online, email or phone our reservation team.

Reviewed By Ngaira W

Absolutely the best trip today! Highly recommend Hamish n Gary from Green Mussel Cruise in Havelock. Two very dedicated and humorous gents to guide tourists on a boat trip up Kenepuru Sound from Havelock! A wonderful day with a feast of Green Shell Mussels ...a ripper of a day!! Thank you Hamish n Gary for a splendid day!

4. Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

47 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

Reviewed By Twochilledoutkiwis

This is about the halfway point from Blenheim to Nelson . Has heaps of parking for all sizes and types of vehicles. The cafe is nice and has ample amenities. The Pelorus river is famous as it appears in the Peter Jackson directed ‘The Hobbit’ river barrel riding Orc scene. A must see.

5. Pelorus Sound Water Taxi & Cruises

Pier C, Havelock Marina, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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5 based on 31 reviews

Pelorus Sound Water Taxi & Cruises

Pelorus Sound Water Taxi & Cruises Havelock Water Taxi in the Marlborough Sounds for fast, comfortable & efficient water transport throughout the Pelorus & Kenepuru Sound. Take a water taxi to your bach or holiday accommodation, enjoy a boat tour and a walk, mussel cruise, sightseeing & fishing tours in the Marlborough Sounds. We offer Scenic boat cruises all year round. If there is something you want to see in the Sounds, or if you just want to see 'around the Point'. We can take you on a guided tour and share many stories relating to the history of the area. As you travel through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on our water taxi you will pass stunning native bush. We could stop for walks on tracks following the coastline, through beautiful bush and untouched forest.

Reviewed By PeteLucy434 - Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Any where you want to go, they will go, so great for see different parts of the Sound. Captain was very informative too.

6. Foxylady Cruises

Havelock Marina | C Pier, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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5 based on 11 reviews

Foxylady Cruises

Foxyladycruises on board our 60foot cruiser boat MV Foxylady. Departing Havelock Marina for overnight and day trips Fishing and diving in the outer Marlborough Sounds. Nydia track Pelorus Loop 3 day walk and cruise sightseeing trip. BBQ cruises on demand and work functions, weddings , parties. Cruise and Kayak trips

Reviewed By Meranie O

I can't say enough about how wonderful our experience was on Foxy Lady Cruises. We did the Pelorus Loop. A tramp/cruise staying a night at On The Track Lodge and a night on the boat. Thanks for the great company and also great food. Highly recommend. The view from the top of Duncan Bay. Outstanding. Meals were also delicious.

7. Havelock Museum

Havelock School 47 Main Road, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
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4 based on 22 reviews

Havelock Museum

Reviewed By SteveS1970 - Coventry, United Kingdom

Great little museum, well set out and paid by an honesty method. It is in an old church and the history of Havelock is fascinating.

8. Pelorus Tours - Private Tours

Havelock Marina, Havelock 7282, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Pelorus Tours - Private Tours

Pelorus Tours are 4th generation owner /operator’s based in the Kenepuru sounds with pick up points of Havelock, gateway to the Pelorus sounds, Te Mahia, Raetihi, and Portage in the Kenepuru sounds. We cater for groups from 2-100 with our fleet of 3 vessels offering a variety of activities from Fishing and scalloping (in season), to eco Tours in January each year to Maud island a Scientific reserve managed by D.O.C. Also cruises, Family Day trips, Corporate trips, Mussel farm tours, and Garden tours. Regularly on a Friday you can join Gary on a baby green shell mussel Research trip or let Gary, with his decades of experience give you a commentary on a Pelorus History cruise exploring the many scenic bays or points of interest such as the Amokura ship wreck in the Kenepuru. With our mammal watching permit we can view dolphins, seals, or if you’re lucky orca’s in the natural waterways the sounds has to offer. Let us put together a package tour for your group and show you the natural beauty of the sounds, giving you a personalized itinerary with our local knowledge of our area, the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.

Reviewed By LittleIgor - Toronto, Canada

We had been hearing about the Maud Island tour for years. This is a protected wildlife sanctuary and the public are only given access a few days of the year. There was no tour in 2015 so we considered our selves lucky to get a spot for this year's first trip. It is a long day - you leave Havlock at 9:00 am and return at 5:30 pm so 8 1/2 hours. Of that time, you are only on the island for and 1 1/2 hours or so. We were met at the island by DOC (Dept of Conservation) rangers who live on the island. They gave an introductory talk which started before everyone had sat down so we missed the beginning of the spiel. They passed around plastic containers containing one weta and a couple of frogs and some snails. We had thought we would be seeing some wildlife on the island but it proved that the plastic containers were the extent of the viewing. There was a walk along a track that offered nice views of the Sounds but no commentary was offered, nothing pointed out. The highlight of the walk was a gun emplacement at the end of the track,not much of a wildlife item. The views were lovely but that was about it.
The day was extremely windy and the sea quite rough which did nothing to enhance our enjoyment of the trip. There was not enough room for everyone below decks so we were left in the cold and wind and could not have had a more uncomfortable 2 1/2 trip back to Havelock.

129 Queen Charlotte Drive, Havelock 7281, New Zealand +64 3-574 2877
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4 based on 14 reviews

Shark Nett Gallery

A Maori tourism business overlooking Havelock harbour and the Kaituna estuary in the Marlborough Sounds. Our Maori Heritage Art Gallery houses the world's largest "private" collection of contemporary and traditional Maori carvings. We specialise in personal guided tours for all those that visit. All products and services incorporate the values and manaakitanga (the art of hosting) of the local mana whenua (local people of authority)of Rangitane, so that visitors can have a genuine and authentic Maori experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

Reviewed By whitelights - Nelson, New Zealand

In response to a previous review titled disappointing - why anyone would take time to disparage others and in doing so reveal themselves to be highly ignorant and extremely rude is completely beyond me. Shart Nett isn't some provincial art gallery funded by grants from council rates and profits from Lotto. It is a private collection that even the recognised Dunbar Sloan isn't able to put definitive values on due to the work being priceless. That an opportunity has been made available for the public to view the collection is in itself remarkable. Consider what Steve Cowan or Eli Broad or David Geffen or Charles Saatchi would think of the review given they don't allow others viewing of prestigious collections. To be asked to contribute a mere $12 is absolute value aside from the offer being a rare opportunity. The comment about purchasing something is equally outrageous. Purchasing art work is for gallery patrons, its not a flea market stall with knick knacks and seldom could one access Taonga of this quality and repute. I'm sure anyone who paid the small amount requested would be ashamed of these rednecks and their foul negativity. I have travelled the world extensively and what is being offered at Shark Nett ranks amongst any galleries internationally except this is a one off and the only one remotely like it. It is without doubt the most impressive, unique collection that can be accessed and the owners are infact good, delightful people not the pocket lining grabbers as stated. Shame on you Nockles 123. Others go and see for yourselves. Tihei Mauri ora

60 Main Road Havelock, Havelock 7100, New Zealand +64 3-574 2821
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The Gallery

Reviewed By NewZealandCarver - New Zealand

This gallery is not huge; however the range of exhibits are nicely balance in genre. Very good lighting which optimises the displays

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