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getting here

only a boat or helicopter ride away

We are situated in Wilson Bay, one of the many sheltered bays of Te Hoiere/Pelorus Sound. Wilson Bay is halfway between Havelock (at the head of the Sound) and the open sea of the Cook Strait.  We are lucky enough to be in most picturesque area of all the Marlborough Sounds. These world-famous sounds are located right at the top of Te Wai Pounamu/The South Island.

Travel by road to Havelock, a charming tourist village on State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson. Meet up with your chosen water transport at Havelock’s marina port and cruise the rest of the way to Wilson Bay and Te Rawa.

Most visitors to Te Rawa come via Nelson, Picton or Blenheim, all less than an hour’s drive from Havelock.

Check out the various transport options available below.

By Boat

Water Taxi - You can organise a water taxi from Havelock through the following taxi services:


Mail Boat -   Mailboat option is an easy way to get to Te Rawa - service is on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday and during summer time on a Saturday as well.  For the very latest Mail Boat information and schedules use this link. Click Here To Check The Mail Boat Schedule

Transfers to Te Rawa cost $55 per person each way. Te Rawa is in Zone 3.  The Mail Boat departs Havelock at 10:00am and arrives at Te Rawa around lunch time. Returning guests will usually reach Havelock between 4:30pm and 5:00pm.   

Charter Boat -  Havelock have a range of boats for charter.  Skippers are available if you prefer to let someone else do the driving.  Charter services you can choose from:

Your Own Boat or Jetski - Just pull up to the wharf and one of our friendly staff will direct you on where to tie up your boat.  If you are staying the night, we have moorings available at no cost if you are staying in our accommodation, or $35 per night if staying on your boat.  In busy periods bookings are essential and priority will be given to guests staying in our rooms.

By Helicopter

Option 1:  Picton, Blenheim and Marlborough region

If you are visiting Marlborough region, Coast to Coast Helicopters will pick you up and transport you directly to The Lodge at Te Rawa in style and comfort.

Option 2: Nelson Region

If you are visiting the Nelson area talk to the folk at Helicopters Nelson about catching a fish in the morning and eating it at our lodge in the afternoon with a chilled glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc or your preferred tipple.

Option 3: Other Regions

If you are visiting from other regions and require assistance with arranging helicopter transfers or packages call us on +64 3 579 8285 and we will be delighted to assist you with making suitable arrangements.

By Plane

The most cost effective and exhilarating way for North Island guests to get to Te Rawa is with Pelorus Air, who will drop you at a nearby airstrip, from where you will be met for the seven minute boat trip to The Lodge.

Pelorus Air can bring you from Wellington airport, or the Kapiti Coast airport in around 20 minutes. Your holiday starts from the second that you lift off and are whisked quickly away to the peace and tranquility of our lodge in the Pelorus Sound.

We will make all the necessary arrangements for you. Call us (03) 579 8285 or email

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