Available Local Amenities

Havelock 4 Square Supermarket- weekdays 7.30am to 6pm weekends 8am to 7pm (sat) 6pm (Sun)
Mussel Pot Restaurant- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner www.themusselpot.co.nz
Havelock Habitat Bakery - Breakfast and Lunch
Dellie's Cafe – Breakfast and Lunch
Havelock Hotel - Lunch and Dinner
Slip Inn Restaurant - Breakfast, Lunch and dinner www.slipinn.co.nz
Town Cafe and Takeaway – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The Havelock Information Centre is located at the Town Cafe and Takeaway
Havelock Garage –Besides petrol, general car maintenance and gas they have a small selection of general supplies
Havelock Chemist and Post OfficeLagoon – A Gift shop fitted out with beautiful and unusually items for every occasion
Blush Hairdressers
Bow to Stern – Boat rentals, general boat maintenance and a good selection of spare parts, clothing and general boating equipment www.bowtostern.co.nz
ITM Building Suppliers
ATM's for New Zealand card holders only at both the Havelock Garage and the 4 Square Supermarket. If you have an International Credit Card and need cash make sure you visit an ATM in one of the larger towns

Explore the Sounds by boat

Take the opportunity to enjoy the exquisite Pelorus, Kenepuru and Mahau Sounds from the water. These unspoilt, quiet waterways are the unsung treasurers of the Marlborough region.

Havelock is the world centre for green-lipped mussels - these are grown in the purest and most ideal water conditions – Visit the unique mussel beds with the locals who have the knowledge.

Enjoy the tranquillity of the Sounds sheltered waters with Waterways boating safaris. They supply a knowledgeable guide who gives you full handling instructions in relation to the two-man boat, accompanies you on your trip and takes you on a walk through the regenerated native bush. Step back in time, enjoy the best of New Zealand. No qualifications required, first time boaters welcome. www.waterways.co.nz
10% discount if booking made by the Havelock Garden Motel

On Tuesdays , Thursdays and Fridays you have the opportunity to join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run in the Marlborough Sounds. You'll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way it has been done for decades. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet us, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches. The people of the Marlborough Sounds are as much a part of the area as the history and majestic beauty.       Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run or drop you at your accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds.
10% discount if booking made by the Havelock Garden Motel      
Exclusive charters and group enquiries also welcome. www.mail-boat.co.nz

Or join the Greenshell Mussel Cruise for a unique wine and food experience meandering through the tranquil Pelorus Sounds. www.greenshellmusselcruise.co.nz
10% discount if booking made by the Havelock Garden Motel

Back on the waterways is the Foxy Lady who are running a daily 3 hour cruise from 10.30 am plus a 3 hour evening BBQ (food included) departing at 5 pm. Book with us or at the Information Centre Tel 03 574 2604 or 027 438 9866 (Susanne)

Alternatively if you have the skills required, hire a vessel from Bow to Stern, check out their web site. www.bowtostern.co.nz

Pelorus/Wakamarina River Trips

Pelorus Eco Adventures offer a wonderful half day kayaking experience on the local scenic rivers. One of which was used for the barrel scene in Peter Jackson's Hobbit movie. Truly a wonderful trip for the whole family.
$2 per person discount given if you book through the Havelock Garden Motel

Sea Fishing

The many sheltered beaches and secluded bays in the Sounds provide excellent fishing opportunities. There's nothing to stop you bringing your own rod and spending an afternoon dangling your line but the best way to guarantee results is by boat. You can fish just about anywhere from Havelock to the Cook Straits but if your looking for half or a full day out with the local experts chasing a Snapper or a Kingfish, then these boys have the know how and the personalities to guarantee an entertaining excursion.      
Chris Hobbs of Snapper Fishing Charters e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Marlborough is the biggest wine growing region in New Zealand and has a plethora of Wineries to visit. The local Information Centre is able to provide a map to help guide you to all the vineyards. The trail commences about 20 minutes away from Havelock on the Rapaura Road. Guided tours available by Cycle or vehicle.


Blenheim Golf Club, situated in heart of Blenheim      
9 hole course positioned on the skirts of Blenheim's Pollard Park. This flat course is a gentle walk in a pleasant park setting.
Telephone 03 578 4320

Marlborough Golf Club Fairhall, Blenheim        
18 holes surrounded by mature trees and with views of the beautiful Richmond Range and local vineyards. Challenge yourself on this picturesque course made up of flats, hills, streams, ponds and watered fairways. Visitors welcome to play casual rounds or join in with club events. Green fees: $20 affiliated Members $30 non-affiliated Members. Special rates for groups. Situated on the road between Renwick and Blenheim. Just after Renwick, look for the turning on the right-hand saying Fairhall. Course 5 kms or so on the right-hand side of the road.
Telephone 03 578 7646

Picton Golf Course        
This very pretty and tranquil 9 hole course is situated at the foot of Mount Pleasant, in a small town called Koromiko. Green fees $15, which entitles you to two rounds Situated on State Highway 1 on the right-hand side of the road driving toward Picton. Next door to Marlborough Marine.
Telephone 03 573 7750

Rarangi Golf Club, Blenheim        
A Coastal18 holes of easy walking tree lined, watered fairways with greens that will test all players. Green fees $15.
Telephone 03 570 5709 e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wairau Golf Club, Wairau Valley        
9 holes set in the heart of the countryside. For total peace and quiet with nothing but the sound of the birds to disturb your concentration. Green fees $10, which entitles you to two rounds.
Situated on Highway 63, 20mins west of Renwick.

Swimming -You can swim at many of the beaches and coves surrounding the sounds but be aware of the rocks and reefs at low tide.      
Alternatively you can take a river dip at the Pelorus Bridge or visit the Onamalutu Reserve and cool yourselves in the water hole.        
We have a key to the Havelock School swimming pool which you are more than welcome to use during the school holidays and after school or if you're visiting Blenheim, why not pop into the local sports centre, Stadium 2000, Kinross Street (Next to Mitre 10).

Tennis - Havelock has two public tarmac courts two minutes walk from the motel which can used free of charge.

Local Museum - While away an hour at the small local museum. Town folk have been working on this attraction and have over the last few years been renovating and added artefacts that included items that date back to old gold mining days.

Eyes on Nature - A Nature Museum where Ross Brownson, an award winning replica fish and bird taxidermist, displays incredibly life like local marine and bird life. www.taxidermist.co.nz

There is also a superb aviation museum on the outskirts of Blenheim (30 minutes away). Peter Jackson (film director) and the Weta Workshop have been hugely influential in the development of the Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre. Each plane is set in a life like war scene and appeals to all age groups whether you are in your 90's or a toddler of 2, you really do not need to be an aero enthusiast to love this Museum. Really worth a trip. www.omaka.org.nz

Bowls - The local Bowling Club welcomes guests from out of town to their excellent green and clubhouse. Bowls can be borrowed from the club at no cost.
Bird Watching - Not only are the motel grounds home to a number of ducks but also you can watch the fantail perform its graceful dance or wake up to the Tui and Bellbird. The Sounds has a great diversity of bird life from the common to the rare. The local Department of Conservation Offices (DoC) has up-to-date information on the latest sightings.

Walks - Exceptional bluffs and dramatic landscapes add to the pleasure of walking and tramping in the region. Skills and duration vary greatly but there is something for everyone.
Cullen point – A scenic lookout point 5 minutes drive away on the opposite side of Havelock marina. Either take the 10 minute walk to the point to enjoy the spectacular views or spend an hour following the circular path around the point through native flora.
Nydia Track – A local Mule track created over a 100 years ago to link farms and serve the hardwood logging industry. The Department of Conservation (DoC) has linked these tracks to form a peaceful 27 km walkway called the Nydia Track. For more information see www.nydiatrack.org.nz
Pelorus Bridge
– A 15 minutes drive. Numerous walks taking anything from 15 minutes to 4 hours. Choose a gentle stroll or a hearty uphill slog but always finish with morning eleven's or afternoon tea at Pelorus Café.
The Queen Charlotte Track - Beginning at historic Ship Cove (where English explorer Captain James Cook made his NZ base), the Queen Charlotte Track winds its way over 71km. Passing through lush coastal native bush, around pristine bays & along skyline ridges with unsurpassed views, marvels abound throughout this Marlborough Sounds walk. See www.queencharlottetrack.co.nz

Drives - Superbly scenic country roads are a great way to see the different communities that make up the sounds. From the best known, Queen Charlotte Drive to Tennyson Inlet, Croisilles to French Pass and Kenepuru, these roads introduce you to the special characters and insightful vistas of the waterways. You will find a map of the outer Sounds at reception.
4WD Drives - Some of the back roads take you down early pioneer trails and past spectacular scenery. These roads are usually well maintained, even though ford crossings are common. However they are weather dependent.
Wineries - Marlborough is famous for its wineries with a world-wide distribution network. A wine trail is perhaps the best way to visit the traditional, new and boutique wineries. There are pamphlets at reception to help you choose one of the many operators. A unique experience, for the fitter of us, is run by "Wine Tour by Bike". You are able to either hire a bike and set off on your merry way (not too merry we hope) or go with a party guide who will show you the best Marlborough has to offer.

Lying in the heart of Marlborough is New Zealand's first commercial fruit distillery The Prenzel Distillery. A great opportunity to taste their international award winning Liqueurs, Schnapps, fruit brandies, Prenzel Cream or culinary products www.prenzel.com

Gardens – A golf course, tennis courts and Croquette rinks surround Pollard Park in the heart of Blenheim. These mature gardens with streams and a large duck pond are well worth a visit.

Arts and Crafts -

Take a trip to the The Vines Village (between Picton and Havelock) where, in their wine tasting room, you can sample award winning Marlborough wines. Pop into the adjacent Quilter's Barn and browse through the quality gifts, patchworks, quilting and embroidering supplies and then enjoy a delicious snack or meal in the café. www.thevinesvillage.co.nz

Miscellaneous - The Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory is a very pleasant experience for those of us who have a passion for hand-made chocies. Watch these delicious confectioneries being made and taste a few free samples, mmmm a great one for the kids. www.makana.co.nz

The Havelock information centres  is situated in the Havelock Habitat Bakery–They will be more than happy to help with any booking enquiries you may have, contact them via www.havelockinfocentre.co.nz

Husband out fishing for the day and desperate for a wash and blow dry or to get those locks trimmed? See what Blush Hairdressers can do for you, situated on Main Street a minute away from the motel.

Problems with your boat? Contact Bow to Stern situated on Main Street for assistance. www.bowtostern.co.nz

Keep an eye out for the posters advertising locally produced plays that are put on regularly in the Town Hall, lots of fun. Bring your own wine and nibbles, all welcome.