Activity Suggestions

We have compiled the complete list of the activities that will keep you busy while you stay at Havelock Holiday Park in the Heart of Marlborough.

It's not all about the mussels, there is so much more. 

So, check out our list below and start thinking of us as the perfect hub for all your adventures in Marlborough. 

As you will soon discover, although we are on the edge of Marlborough, we are right in the middle of everything.

There is plenty to see without having to drive anywhere, it is only a short walk from your campsite or cabin to each of the following.

So make Havelock Holiday Park your base in Marlborough and explore the local attractions listed below:

  • Greenshell Mussel Cruise in Marlborough Sounds – visit a mussel farm , learn about the process of growing Green Shell Mussels and taste the results.
  • Pelorus Water Taxi – short cruises for those that don’t want to spend all day on the water. Learn all about the local history and mussel farms while picking up or dropping off trampers and locals around the Sounds. Also available for drop offs and pickups on the Nydia Track.
  • Pelorus Eco Adventures – inflatable Kayak trips down the Pelorus River. No experience necessary. Visit some of the film locations for the Hobbit Movie. 
  • Havelock Museum – a collection of pioneer stories told through photos, collections and implements.
  • Havelock Art Gallery – visitors are always amazed at the local talent in Havelock. Passionate volunteers are always happy to guide visitors through the artworks on display and for sale.
  • the Waterfall walking track winds uphill through a gully of native bush until it reaches a picturesque waterfall. Intrepid adventurers can clamber up to the top of the hill for amazing views but the path for this part of the adventure is unformed and a very good workout.
  • At night, a short 10 minute walk up the Waterfall track will bring you to a wall of Glow Worms.  A great walk after dinner but take a torch and wear shoes with a decent tread.
  • the Motuweka Pathway – walk through the historic Havelock Cemetery and then along the South Mole out to the entrance of the Havelock Marina. It’s a popular walk as it is flat and a good opportunity to view the varied bird life that lives in or visits the Kaituna Estuary.
  • the Link Pathway – this section of the walking/cycling track is 3 km long starting at the Havelock Causeway and terminating at Cullen Point. At Cullen Point there are two further tracks where you are rewarded by fantastic views down the Pelorus Sound and back towards Havelock.
  • Petanque – get a team together and play. We have several sets of boules at reception available for guests to use
  • Marlborough Wine Tours – there are a whole combination of tours ranging from 3 hrs to all day
  • Guided Kayak trip in Queen Charlotte Sound. You might prefer to kayak by yourself or a combination Kayak/Hike, Kayak/Bike or just a Mountain Bike hire. Whatever you wish can be organised through a local company that is known for its’ expertise and quality equipment. They are sometimes able to pick up from our Reception for a small charge.

Remember: Tony and Brigitte are always happy to help you with ideas and activities or make any bookings you may require.

To help you further we’ve created a few day trip suggestions using the information above. Check them out her

Here are more activities and attractions in Marlborough that are only a short drive from Havelock Holiday Park:

Heading towards Blenheim

  • Bike Hire – explore the local wineries at your own pace – if you have not brought your own bike, there are several bike hire companies that we can put you in touch with.
  • Have lunch at one of the local wineries. We’re happy to pass on past experiences of our guests – there is something for most budgets
  • The Vines Village – a one stop destination for those who want to experience Wine Tasting, Liqueurs, Quilting, NZ Clothing, Olive Oil, Crafts, Gifts, Fudge, Ice Cream or lunch at the Cafe.

Heading towards Picton

  • Guided Kayak trip in Queen Charlotte Sound. You might prefer to kayak by yourself or a combination Kayak/Hike, Kayak/Bike or just a Mountain Bike hire. Whatever you wish can be organised through a local company that is known for its’ expertise and quality equipment.
  • Walk the nearest part of the Queen Charlotte Track, starting just past Anakiwa. There is a boat that will pick up from Anakiwa and drop you at one of three parts of the track for a minimal charge. Must be pre-booked as space is always limited. You then walk back to your vehicle at your own pace.
  • Cullen Point – admire the excellent views of the Pelorus Sounds and Havelock from the car park if you are short of time. If you have up to an hour to spare then you must walk the Cullen Point Loop Track or the Cullen Point Trig to experience all the views on offer. It’s well worth the effort.    Hint: The loop track is by far the better of the two options.

Heading towards Nelson

  • Pelorus Bridge – popular swimming holes, a range of bush walks from 5 minutes to 4 hours and the site of some of the filming for the Hobbit movie
  • Trout fishing in the Pelorus River near Canvastown – you need the appropriate   fishing licence.
  • Gold Panning up the Wakamarina River. You will need your own pan and a lot of patience (and insect repellent)
Still only a short drive from Havelock Holiday Park, here are even more activities and attractions :  


Heading towards Blenheim

  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – Both innovative and visually stunning, this display has something for everyone in the family.
  • Makana Chocolate Factory – a boutique chocolate factory serving up the ultimate chocolate experience.
  • Marlborough Museum – Art & Design, Maori Treasures, Early Settler History, Textiles, Wairau Bar 1250AD
  • Brayshaw Heritage Park – Home to the Vintage Car Club, Marlborough Associated Modellers, Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery Museum and Marlborough Museum
  • Marlborough Golf Club Fairhall – picturesque 18 hole Golf Course
  • Art & Craft Trail – 22 businesses on this trail. Start in Havelock and follow through to Renwick, Blenheim and Picton. Visit exotic locations and explore these dens of artistry.
  • Blenheim Indoor Sports Centre – Ten Pin Bowls
  • Stadium 2000 – Heated indoor swimming pool, lazy river, outdoor pool, squash courts and fitness centre
  • Sunday Farmers Market – every Sunday, all weather, all year (check with us for location and times)
  • Racecourse – several Harness Racing events throughout the year. Popular choice for that family day out
  • Taylor Dam – short walks and lots of scenic picnic sites

A little bit further but still only a short drive from Havelock Holiday Park, we have even more attractions and activities :  


Heading towards Picton

  • EcoWorld Aquarium – see the local sea life in Picton including many different fish species from the Marlborough Sounds, Little Blue Penguins, Seahorses, Tuatara, Giant Weta, Lizards, Turtles and Kakariki. Make sure you get there for the tours @ 11am and 2pm.
  • Mini Golf – 18 holes on the Foreshore
  • Edwin Fox Fox Maritime Museum – Built in Calcutta in 1853, apparently these remains are from the 9th oldest ship in existence. The decision was made to preserve, rather than restore this interesting wreck.  Well worth a visit, your admission fee includes a tour of the ship.
  • Sea Kayaking, walking, mountain biking
  • Dolphin swimming and viewing in Marlborough Sounds
  • Diving and Snorkeling in the Sounds. There are several wrecks and reserves that provide lovely opportunities for divers of all experiences.
  • Ride the miniature train or sail a miniature yacht. Sundays 10am to 4pm. Only 20c a go, so it’s great for the kids.
  • various walks in and around Picton ranging from 10 minutes to 3 hours.

Heading towards Blenheim

  • Swimming beach and walking tracks at Whites Beach

Tony and Brigitte are always happy to help you with ideas and activities or make any bookings you may require.

Heading towards Nelson

  • Okiwi Bay is on the road to French Pass and is perfect for a spot of scenery by the water. If you have the time you could try your luck with a bit of fishing.
  • Most visitors to Nelson make sure they fit in a visit to the incredible wearable art displays at the WOW Gallery. If it gets too much for the guys then part of the complex is filled with classic and vintage cars. Both parts of the museum are worth visiting by both sexes.
  • A large Saturday market operates in Nelson all year round, with a plethora of food, crafts and locally made goods.
A little bit further out from Havelock Holiday Park, a visit to these attractions and activities can be a half day quick visit or a whole day experience – the choice is yours :  


Heading towards Blenheim

  • Head up the Wairau Valley to the alpine village of St Arnaud and the untamed beauty of the Nelson Lakes National Park

Heading towards Nelson

  • Okiwi Bay and on to Elaine Bay, these bays are on the road to French Pass, both are perfect for a spot of scenery by the water and maybe try your luck with a bit of fishing.
  • Duncan Bay is very picturesque. Turn off the main road just after Rai and follow the Opouri Rd signs. Towards the end of the road you’ll be taken over the hill and down into Duncan Bay. The road is narrow and very twisty – look out for the Kauri tree in the centre of the road. Definitely worth the drive.
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