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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Marlborough > Havelock


This small town between Picton and Nelson is a good base for exploring the Marlborough Sounds and many people stay here to hike the Nydia Track.

Apart from hiking, Havelock is famous for two things – its mussels and Ernest Rutherford.

The Noble prize winning scientist grew up in Havelock and went to school in the building that is now the YHA hostel. He is best known for splitting the atom and his other achievements include the discovery of radon and work that has led to the invention of the smoke detector and Geiger counter.

Coming & going

Havelock lies on the main bus route linking Blenheim and Nelson and is served by Atomic Shuttles (tel (03) 349 0697), InterCity Coachlines (tel (03) 365 1113) and Nakedbus.com.


Buses stop outside the Mussel Pot restaurant (73 Main Road, Havelock).

Hostel accommodation

Blue Moon

48 Main Road, Havelock
Tel (03) 574 2212

Rutherford Lodge YHA

46 Main Road, Havelock
Tel (03) 574 2104

No booking fee when you book this hostel online at bug.co.uk

Eating & drinking

Havelock proudly boasts of being the “green-lipped mussel capital of the world” so it makes sense that mussels should be on the menu. That means dining at the Mussel Pot (73 Main Road, Havelock), easily recognisable by the giant pot of mussels clinging precariously to the roof.

Because Havelock is just a small village, there is only a small Four Square supermarket (Main Road, Havelock).

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