- The Havelock Mussel Festival........
*Saturday 16th March 2013*
Tickets on sale soon
The 2013 Havelock Mussel Festival Saturday 16th March 2013, is shaping up to be another anticipated event on Marlborough's festival calendar! Come alone and enjoy great music and great food, Meet awesome people. Award-winning international performer-Mulletman will be back by popular demand for 2013 with his amazing skills and hillarious antics. Also the Regal Salmon cooking demostration by local master Chef Chris Forture will be another highlight at the event so don't miss out this fantastic event. For more information and tickets, visit:
Tracks to walk
The Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand is a spectacular 71km coastal walking track. Stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, hikers enjoy a temperate climate and good year–round walking conditions.
Accommodation along the track ranges from camping and backpacker to lodge and hotel options. Your overnight destinations all provide you with option of self-catering – or if you wish you can always dine out.
The Nydia track is a wonderful two day walk on a track maintained by the Department of Conservation. It crosses the Kaiuma and Nydia saddles with superb views and follows the sheltered shoreline of historic Nydia Bay. Formed by linking old bridle paths, the 27km track meanders through a variety of regenerating native bush and beautiful untouched forest.
The Wakamarina track, an old goldmine trail crosses the Richmond Range from the Wairau Valley to the Wakamarina Valley. It is popular with experienced, beginners and family trampers also mountain bikers, an easy weekend trip with an overnight sky at devils creek.
Mountain bikes could complete the trip in one day.
The bush features giant Beech and Rimu, with abundant bird life including Tomtit, Weka, and pigeon as well as the very rare carnivorous snail.
- Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
Refreshing forest and river scenery easily accessible on state highway 6, walking tracks ranging from 5 minuets to 4 hours, several with wheelchair access.
Excellent for swimming and fishing (organize you fishing licence at Havelock Infocentre) amidst one of last stands of river flat forest in Marlborough, an excellent DOC camp ground in Kakitia flat, has gas cookers, showers and toilets. There are also cabins and powered caravan sites.
A semi-remote forest experience in the mount Richmond Forest Park. It leads up the Pelorus Valley and over the Bryant Range to either the Hacket carpark or the Brook right in Nelson city. The Pelorus is a 3-4 day tramp best suited to fit experienced trampers.
The track is well serviced with huts. Hunting and fishing in uniquely remote and beautiful locations.
Attractions in the village
The Shark Nett Gallery contains the world’s largest private collection of contemporary and traditional Maori Carvings. Learn the fascinating stories and history told through the carvings from Rangitane iwi (tribe) in the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy a relaxed and accessible Maori art experience. The hosts practise manaaki tanga – the spirit of hospitality – to ensure the comfort of your experience.
- Eyes on Nature Fish Museum
Eyes on Nature is a unique replica of nature and the underwater world of New Zealand. These life size three dimensional creations are a combination of natural art and sculpture. Enjoy a torch-lit exploration at your own pace, through a fascinating underwater world of full-scale models of fish and sea creatures in life-like surroundings. Brush up your knowledge of New Zealand marine life by using the identification guide provided, and emerge from submarine depths to light and birdsong, where models of freshwater fish and native birds abound in their natural environment.
If you want to know more about the early life of Havelock and get a new perspective on the modern life, go to the Havelock Museum.
It was established in 1973 on the mainroad with a big old locomotive next to it. Its formation was encouraged by Norman Brayshaw, who with the Lions Club of Havelock, arranged for the use of the disused Methodist Church of St. John to be used for the display of articles of local interest. Items were collected from around the area, and a display, largely centred on the saw-milling industry was opened to the public.
More information about the museum of Havelock
- The Wakamarinian Café, Deli & Crafts
When in Havelock, make sure you pay a visit to this place. Except for a cosy atmosphere and a small collection of odd arts crafts, you'll find some of the best homemade pies in New Zealand here!
- The Waterfall Track & Glowworms
The Waterfall Track is a half an hour walk with it's starting point just a couple of minutes walk from the Main Road. Do it in the day and look at the views, the waterfall and perhaps a few wekas – or do it in the dark to see the glowworms lighting up the track amazingly!
Great fishing spots
Nelson has the best Rainbow trout fishery and the most popular winter angling water. Rainbow trout are normally 0.5 to 1.2 kg with Brown trout averaging 1.0 t0 2kg. Larger specimens of both are often caught.
The Pelorus River headwaters in the Richmond ranges above the Tinline stream confluence contains brown trout only that are often of trophy size.
This section of water offers wilderness angling experience in very clear water. The river is well serviced by department of conservation tracks and huts.
The main stream of the Pelorus downstream of the Rai River confluence is the most productive stretch of water that is open to angling all year round.
The tidal section holds large brown and rainbow trout; many small rainbow trout also inhabit this section and are caught during the evening rise or on outgoing tides.
The Rai River and tributaries Opouri, Tunakino and Ronga provide excellent small stream fishing through out the season. These streams are often heavily willowed but the numbers of trout found make up for this.
The Wakamarina River holds mainly brown trout averaging 1.5kg. Numbers are low but this is made up by the scenery and solitude.
The lower Fishtail, lower Tinline, lower Brown and lower Alfred streams are also worth exploring.
Fly fishing is productive throughout the catchment and spin fishing is equally effective especially in the middle and lower reaches of the Pelorus River.
For more information on access points, renewing or buying fishing license contact us!