Situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Havelock is a
historic rural town nestled at the entrance of the Pelorus Sound. Famed for its Green Shell Mussels it has become known as the:
Aside from mussels which we urge you to try in the "Settlers" our al a carte restaurant there is our rich history to explore, including:
Stay in our Historic Hotel
What better way to immerse your family in the history of the area than staying at our Hotel.
The Hotel offers best value quality cheap accommodation and spacious rooms in a building which itself dates back to the 1860's!
Don't worry all our ghosts are friendly!
The Hotel is right opposite the 'old post office' and town hall (now a theatre) and looks across to the beautiful old church of St Peter's.
Cheapest Accommodation in Havelock
The town is blessed with many well conserved old buildings that continue to service the needs of the people of the town having done so since the town was largely a 'tent town' during the gold rush days... Collectively, these buildings now form part of what is called the Heritage Trail.
Pick up a Heritage Trail leaflet from the Old Post Office or Eyes on Nature across the road from the Hotel and follow the trail around the 10 buildings shown ...
From St Peters and the Cemetery at one end of the town to local tycoon William Brownlee's lovely old house built in 1875 and Mary Jane Pope's old nursing home for expectant mums at the other.
Open 6 days a week "Eyes on Nature" is a great family rainy day attraction. In fact it is a great attraction at any time.
Situated right across the road from the hotel in what was the the old post office the Eyes on Nature fish museum is an educational adventure for young and old ..
The Shark Nett Gallery is located just out of town on the famous Queen Charlotte Drive.
The gallery contains the largest private in collection of modern and traditional Maori carvings in the world.
You'll learn the history and ancient stories of the Rangitane tribe or iwi from here in the Marlborough Sounds.
Enjoy too the manaakitanga (spirit of hospitality) for which the Maori are well known.
You can reach it by walking out of town towards Blenheim (come out of the Hotel and turn left) until you reach the Queen Charlotte Drive.
Turn left and walk down the hill, over the bridge - The Shark Nett gallery is just up the hill on the left (in total a lovely 25 minute walk taking in the wet lands and showing off the town) Oh yes! take the waterside track.
See you there!
To wet your appetite see some of the Shark Nett Gallery collection here
Traveling to Havelock is easy along State Highway 6 between Nelson and Blenheim or via the beautiful scenic Queen Charlotte Drive from Picton.
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