Marlborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds region boast the Queen Charlotte Sound, Pelorus Sound, Mahau Sound and Kenepuru Sound.  Entry to each of the Sounds are via the waterfront towns of Pictor and Havelock.

Queen Charlotte Sound

Leaving from the port town of Picton with it s cafes, restaurants, galleries and specialty shops the Queen Charlotte Sound awaits.  The foreshore of the sound leads all the way to the Cook Strait with may bays and coves along each side.

The Sound is rich in wildlife on the shoreline and in its pristine waters where you can see the native birdlife and penguins, dolphins, orca and stingrays.  The sound is also renowned for its salmon farming which can be seen as you travel through the Sound.

The are many ways to see the Sound with guided and un-guided tours in all manner of vessels from kayak, yachts and launches to mail boats and cruises.  You will also get to see the Sound on the ferries between Picton and Wellington.

Pelorus, Mahau & Kenepuru Sounds

Amongst the towering ranges these three Sounds are the home of the Greenshell Mussel and Havelock is its capital.  The Pelorus River, a location in one of The Hobbit movies, leads to Pelorus Sound and out to the Tasman Sea.  At the far reaches is French Pass and the gateway to D'Urville Island.

Access to the Sounds is through guided and un-guided tours on the water or via the numerous tracks.  Havelock is your starting point for your journey and is a popular location to try out the local delicacy the Greenshell Mussel.

In March each year the Havelock Mussel Festival, a great one day festival, is the perfect festival for seafood lovers of all ages. Whether you would like to delight in the delicious seafood with friends, or planning on bringing the kids for a fun day out. Havelock Mussel Festival is bound to impress visitors with an array of exquisite foods and live entertainment.