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.
Then take one of these boat trips in the afternoon. You’ll need to book beforehand so check with us the day before for prices and availability.
- 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.
- Greenshell Mussel Cruise in Marlborough Sounds – visit a mussel farm, learn about the process of growing and taste the results.
- Pelorus Eco Adventures – inflatable Kayak trips down the Pelorus River. No experience necessary. Visit some of the film locations for the Hobbit Movie.
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.
Day Trip 4 (Only available 11th June – 20th August)
2017 was the first time that there will be Whale Watching Tours being offered out of the Marlborough Sounds.
Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales have been migrating through the Cook Strait for millions of years following this traditional route to their summer feeding grounds. This is the only place in New Zealand were it is possible to be so close to shore and see the migrating giant baleen whales, maybe you will see the largest creature on the planet, the Blue Whale.
During this 4-5 hr tour you will be taken to see the only restored whale station in New Zealand where you can see the professional audio/ visual presentation in the restored recreation room. This room also now has actual family photos and also DOC information panels showing how life was for the workers, families and whales from 1920-1964. Then you will head out with a small exclusive 14 passenger Whale Watching boat with your own set of binoculars and Whale ID card to find a whale . The boat will be guided from shore by our whale spotters whom will locate and direct your boat to a whale just as it was done for over 150 years.
Check with us for more details of this exciting trip. It is only for 10 weeks a year so it is very special.