Pelorus Travel Information

Havelock and the Pelorus region are readily accessible to both visitors from Wellington and Nelson. This page provides some general information on travel times and services to get to and from the Pelorus region.

Getting to Pelorus

By Air

There are airports at Blenheim and Nelson, plus a small one at Picton (Koromiko). Helicopters can be chartered to fly you directly to your destination or just for a scenic flight. There are also small airfields scattered within our area.

From the North Island:

Flights by Air new Zealand and Air2There fly regularly to Blenheim or Nelson Airports.
Wellington to Picton/Blenheim/Nelson - Sounds Air
By Charter Helicopters Av8Helicopters or HeliPro
Wellington to Picton or your destination within the Marlborough Sounds - " Picton Air Services (Float Plane)

From the South Island:
Flights to Nelson Airport with Air New Zealand
Flights from Kaikoura - Sounds Air

By Sea

Ferries cross the Cook Straits 7 days a week and offer a chance to get a cruise as well as get to to across to the South Island.

Inter Islander and Blue Bridge sail daily between Wellington & Picton.

Ferry crossing times Wellington/Picton (approximately):
Interislander    3 hours
Bluebridge Service     3 hours 20 minutes

By Road

Rental cars, motor homes and camper vans, private vehicles, motor bikes and cycles are popular means of getting into those hidden places.
Trains to Blenheim or Picton RailNewZealand
Buses - Picton, Blenheim, Havelock, Nelson, West Coast. Intercity

Getting around Pelorus

Once you are in Marlborough you can explore the region further as follows.


Small plane service from Koromiko by Sounds Air and airfields in the Sounds.
Float plane service in Picton by Picton Air Services
Helicopter to anywhere... Marlborough Helicopters ( Cloudy Bay Helicopters ( Windhawk Helicopters)


Rental vehicles based at Picton, Blenheim or Nelson from Hertz, Avis, Budget and others. 
Buses & coaches operate regular services between Picton/Blenheim/Havelock/Nelson. Intercity Busses
Driving times: (all times are approximate)
Picton to Havelock    (via Queen Charlotte Drive)    1 hour
Picton to Havelock    (via Spring Creek, Raparura)    1 hour
Picton to Blenheim    25 minutes
Picton to Te Mahia    (Kenepuru Sound)    1 hour
Blenheim to Havelock    30 minutes
Havelock to Linkwater    20 minutes
Havelock to Nelson    1 hour
Havelock to Te Mahia (Kenepuru Sound)    45 minutes
Havelock to Hopewell, Kenepuru Sound    2 hours 15 minutes
Havelock to Titirangi    2 hours
Havelock to Rai Valley    25 minutes
Havelock to Bulwer    2 hours 30 mins
Rai Valley to Okiwi Bay    30 mins
Rai Valley to French Pass    1 hours 30 mins
Rai Valley to Elaine Bay    1 hour
Nelson to Okiwi Bay    1 hour 45 mins
Nelson to Elaine Bay    1 hour 45 mins
Nelson to French Pass    2 hours 30 mins
Nelson to Bulwer    3 hours 15 mins

Water Transport:

(Picton to Kenepuru Sound also includes a trip over the hill; this is about 8 - 10 minutes.)
Boating times: (all times are approximate)
Picton to Torea    20 minutes
Picton to Waterfall Bay    20 minutes
Portage/ Te Mahia to within Kenepuru    15 minutes
Havelock to Kenepuru Sound    1 - 1 ½ hours (by launch)
Havelock to Kenepuru Sound    30 - 45 minutes (faster boats)
Havelock to Te Rawa    30-45 minutes


Picton Ferries
Picton Ferries