Gateway to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, Havelock is a seaside resort 35 minutes' drive from Blenheim and just over one hour from Nelson.
Steeped in both Maori and European history, Havelock's waters were first crossed by
Maori waka (canoes) 1,000 years ago. In the 1770s, explorer Captain James Cook arrived.
Later, Havelock became a thriving gold-mining town, and is now New Zealand's primary
producer of Greenshell mussels. The shellfish are harvested from the numerous farms
in the Marlborough Sounds' clear waterways, but ample recreational space remains for divers, kayakers
Close to Havelock's boutique art galleries, colonial buildings and cafés in Main Street,
fishing boats, water taxis and charter boats moor at the Havelock Marina.
The Queen Charlotte Drive between Havelock and Picton is one of New Zealand's most
delightful scenic drives. Winding past the Sounds' numerous bays, this bush-fringed
road takes you from Havelock, at the head of Pelorus Sound, to the seaport township
Havelock offers a selection of accommodation options, including bed & breakfasts, motels and
hotels, holiday parks and camp grounds, backpackers and hostels, all within a short walk
to the marina and local restaurants and bars.