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Havelock is a town in the Marlborough district of New Zealand known as the green-shell mussel capital of the world. It is the major access point to the Pelorus Sound, one of the two major sounds of the Marlborough Sounds. There must be something in the water as two of the world's greatest scientists had their formative education in Havelock: Sir Ernest Rutherford, the first man to split the atom and the rocket scientist William Pickering.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Havelock is on State Highway 6 between Blenheim (30 minutes) and Nelson (45 minutes). There are two choices of traveling to Picton. The turnoff to the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive on the eastern side of town. Queen Charlotte Drive is narrow and windy, with commanding views over the Keneperu and inner Queen Charlotte Sounds. Allow 1 hour to travel this route. The alternative is via the Wairau valley. From Picton, head initially down State Highway 1 in the direction of Blenheim. At the settlement of Spring Creek, turn west down Rapaura Rd and travel length of this road. At the intersection turn north to travel to Havelock. Allow 45 minutes for this journey.

By bus[edit]

The Intercity coach travels Picton-Nelson return, passing through Blenheim.

Get around[edit]

Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus Sound.


Havelock from a lookout


Mussel farms in Havelock
  • Nydia Track. A 2-day trek between Kaiuma Bay and Duncan Bay in Tennyson Inlet. You can park at either end but may want to take a shuttle bus, water taxi or mail boat to or from the other end.
  • Greenshell Mussel Cruise, Jetty 1a, Havelock Marina, +64 3 577 9997, toll-free: 0800 990 800, . November 1 - March 31 at 1:30PM. 3-hour cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. $125 per adult, $55 per child (5-15), free for children 0-4.


  • Taxidermist (Eyes on Nature), 61 Main Street (The old historic post office), +64 3 574 1256, fax: +64 3 574 1259. Oct-Mar: Tu-Su 9AM to 5PM; Apr-Sep: 10AM to 4PM.
  • Havelock Museum Flea Market, Museum, Main Road, +64 3 574 2176 (Rita), +64 3 574 2435 (Joan). Every Saturday except in bad weather, 10AM-1PM. Crafts, preserves, plants, etc. Proceeds to Havelock Museum.







Go next[edit]

  • Pelorus Bridge – swimming hole, campground and bush walks for all levels of fitness in native bush, 15 minutes west of Havelock
  • Picton
  • Renwick
Routes through Havelock
NelsonPelorus Bridge  W  S  RenwickBlenheim

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