Local Area

The Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in New Zealand a network of fjord like water ways, an oasis of natural beauty where steep hills clad with native and timber forests roll down to secluded coves of golden sands and deep coves of mesmerizing azure blue waters. The Marlborough Sounds are an amazing natural creation of unspoilt wilderness.


Marlborough Sounds regularly claims the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand and is blessed with warm and long summer days in contrast to a short winter which may bring a spectacular rim of snow on the distant high country mountains.


The Marlborough sounds and surrounding area area are steeped in Maori and European history. Maori canoes first breasted these waters 1000 years ago. In 1642 Abel Tasman sailed past d’Urville Island, French and Russian explorers followed and in the 1770s Captain James Cook arrived. Within a century the area was home to farmers, fishermen, whalers, miners and saw – millers. Today visitors can still find traces of many of these early activities.

Havelock – Marlborough Sounds

The gateway to the pleasures of the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds is the historic, seaside town of Havelock, which was once a thriving gold-mining town. Now it thrives on riches from the sea as Greenshell Mussel capital of the world – and a growing market for its memorable holiday experiences. Inside the quaint colonial buildings of main street Havelock you will find boutique art and craft galleries, cafes, and fine food establishments. You’ll also find a good range of accommodation options, which makes Havelock an ideal base from which to explore further afield.


An idyllic location for walking tracks, boating, fishing, diving, kayaking, swimming nature trails and wildlife. Your hosts have a wealth of local knowledge and are available to assist you in planning you holiday excursions, ensuring you enjoy all that The Marlborough Sounds have to offer

Recommended Activities

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Enjoy an informative, relaxing and fun afternoon cruising the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds,  learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where your launch captain will explain how and why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds.  While at the mussel farm we serve freshly steamed mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a wonderful wine and food match in a beautiful part of Marlborough.

You can book this activity at the Havelock Motel & Motor Lodge reception.

Visit Mussel Cruise website

Waterways Boating Safaris

Drive a boat… Explore the Sounds.
Fun, Freedom and Stunning scenery.
Experience the thrill of driving your own boat through the beautiful, sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds.
Quick and easy to learn, you will soon set off gliding across the water to explore numerous bays and hidden coves.

$110 – $150 per person
Ph +64 3 574 1372