Day Trip 1
One of the most popular reasons for coming to Havelock is to experience the Pelorus Mail Boat. It’s a day trip in its own right, heading out at 10:00am and returning around 4:00-4:30pm , so this is the trip to plan all your other activities around. We can book it for you.
Day Trip 2
Most people think of Abel Tasman or Kaikoura when kayaking is mentioned. On our doorstep is a small but very busy kayak company that provides some cool options for those wanting a less passive experience on the water. The best time to be on the water in a kayak is in the morning so on your way back to Havelock, I’d suggest stopping off at Cullen Point for a short walk.
- 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.
- 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 to experience the views that make this one of the nicest short walks around. It’s well worth the effort. Hint: The Cullen Point Trig track is what most people walk as its short. Whilst it gives you a great cardio workout it’s views are very disappointing. The Loop Track is by far the better of the two.
Day Trip 3
Some people are not interested in a full day on the water, so this suggestion combines a bit of boat time and some time on land checking out the township. Start your morning off with breakfast or coffee, follow it up with visits to the Museum and the Art Gallery.
- 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.
Continue through the township and then try either of these walks:
- The Waterfall walking track – (approx: 1 hr return) 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.
- The Motuweka Pathway – (approx: 45 min return) 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.
- or have a go at the Takorika track – (approx 3-4 hours) – Takorika (721 m) is a hill immediately west of Havelock. A network of
tracks provide several options for reaching the summit. Takorika’s
eastern slopes form the catchment of the town’s former water supply and
feature some nice native bush and two waterfalls.
If you still have some energy, then after dinner, try this short walk.
- 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.