GETTING HERE is easy, when you know how

Raetihi Lodge stands on the shore of Kenepuru Sound in New Zealand’s panoramic Marlborough Sounds region, in the South Island. There are many options to get to Raetihi Lodge depending from which direction you’re coming.

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From Picton or Te Mahia Jetty

  • Our skipper and Lodge boat, Miss Raetihi Lodge, can collect you from Te Mahia Jetty in the Kenepuru Sound, OR via our courtesy shuttle from Waterfall Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound to Te Mahia Jetty, then transfer to our boat.
  • From Picton, catch an Arrow Water Taxi or Cougarline boat from Picton to Waterfall Bay
  • Private boats are welcome to use the floating jetty and tie up on one of our moorings

From Havelock

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Fly into Nopera Airstrip, and we'll collect you there

  • Pelorus Air offers a wonderful service in their 3 & 5-seats Cessna planes from Wellington, Picton or Nelson into Nopera Airstrip (4kms away) where we’ll meet you with the Raetihi Lodge courtesy car.

Helicopter from anywhere, landing on our Helipad

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  • Drive the very scenic Kenepuru Road all the way to Raetihi Lodge, otherwise reduce the time and number of tight turns by driving to Te Mahia Jetty, parking your car there for free, then we can collect you in our Lodge boat for a small cost.
  • If you're in Nelson and don't have a car, we highly recommend Paul Newton, who has a company called Nelson Tasman Private Driver Hire. Ph: +64 3 391 0500  His rates are very reasonable and he will drop you to Te Mahia jetty where we can collect you with our water transfer boat, and bring you over to Raetihi Lodge.  

Driving Times – approximately

FROMTODriving Time
Nelson Havelock 1 hour
Havelock Te Mahia 45 minutes
Havelock Raetihi Lodge 2 hours 20 mins
Blenheim Havelock 30 minutes
Blenheim Picton 25 minutes
Picton Te Mahia Jetty 1 hour 15 minutes
Portage Raetihi Lodge 1+ hour
Nelson Raetihi Lodge 3 hours