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Stop 4

Morning: Picton to Havelock

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Free time to explore Picton before your 1 hour road trip to Havelock. Remember to check our travel guide for inspiration.

TIP: While you could travel to Havelock on the Queen Charlotte Sounds road with its panoramic views it is winding and narrow. If children are prone to car sickness then it could be triggered by this journey.

Havelock has a Big Thing ‘Mussels’ and is known as the mussel capital. For instagrammers a favourite spot to pose against the gigantic mussel sculpture. For lovers of seafood it is a compulsory stop on the road between Picton and Havelock. The SH 1 route passes the historic settlement of Spring Creek with its nineteenth century hotel and then you are on the diversion bypassing Blenheim. Numerous wineries are part of the drive with their cellar doors open for sales.

Havelock has a permanent population of around 500 residents. It is largely dependent on tourism and shellfish processing. The town’s gold mining past has left a legacy of characteristic timber facade colonial buildings, now galleries and cafes. At the marina are water taxis, charter fishing boats ready to explore Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds.

Picton to Havelock route via SH1 and SH6: 60 km, 1 hour.

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