GETTING HERE is easy, when you know how

There are three ways to reach Raetihi Lodge, by water or air, and road to Havelock Marina (then water transfer to Raetihi Lodge)

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 Havelock

Raetihi Lodge offers our own private Water Transfers from Havelock Marina with our Raetihi Lodge skipper and boat. This is an on-demand service for between 2 – 10 people. The scenic boat trip with our skipper will take about 30 minutes, and if you're lucky you'll spot a dolphin or a seal along the way

The price for a private scenic boat trip for only 2 people, from Havelock Marina to Raetihi Lodge (and whatever time suits you), is $90 per person, each way.

If there are other guests arriving that same afternoon and you have flexibility to join that boat trip, then the price comes down to $50 per person each way. Children 12 years and under are free travelling with their family.  Please call or email for further information or bookings. 

Havelock Marina is 35 minutes from Blenheim, by car, and approximately one hour from Nelson or Picton by car. 

Parking is available at Havelock Marina for $6 per day. 

Lodge pines looking back from water

Arrive with your own boat

We have moorings available for our guests that are staying with us, and there are no extra costs for the mooring. We also have a large floating jetty for easy access to the land.


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Arrive with PELORUS AIR by fixed-wing small planes directly into Nopera Airstrip 

Raetihi Lodge works closely with Pelorus Air to ensure your journey from ‘home’ to the lodge runs smoothly and efficiently.  Flying over the stunning Marlborough Sounds and landing at Nopera Airstrip is one of the quickest, often most economical, and best ways to make your way to us. 

From Wellington, Picton, Paraparaumu or Nelson arrive at Nopera Airstrip.  There you will be met by our Guest Transfer vehicle and taken back to Raetihi Lodge just 4km away.

  • For more information and bookings, please contact Cliff or Chris Marchant at Pelorus Air

  • Phone: +64 (0) 27 757 7247

  • Email: 

Blenheim Airport is the closest domestic airport that Air New Zealand flies into.

Sounds Air flies into Picton (Koromiko) as well as Blenheim Airport.

If you are arriving into Blenheim airport, we recommend you call  Marlborough Shuttles (ph: 0800203027) and book a pick up from the airport to Havelock (30 mins), and then arrange for us to met you at Havelock Marina for a private boat transfer out to Raetihi Lodge with our boat & skipper.


By Helicopter

Lands on-site on our Raetihi Lodge Helipad!

From Nelson

From Picton or Blenheim

  • Coast-to-Coast Helicopters call Alister & Sarah Twisleton Mobile: 021 316 866 Ph: 0800 282 4354
  • Precision Helicopters

From Wellington


  • All forms of transportation arrangements require reservations to be made prior to the day of travel to ensure availability.
  • Please note all prices quoted for external operators are subject to change, as Raetihi Lodge does not operate these services.
  • We cannot be held responsible for changes in weather conditions or mechanical failures and reserve the right to cancel a trip if we deem it unsafe. We put your and our safety first. We will do our best to get you to your destination as soon as we can organise an alternative time.


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Following severe weather events over the last 12-18 months, there has been extensive damage to the Kenepuru Road, particularly after the Moetapu Bay Road turnoff. As a result, the Kenepuru Road into Raetihi Lodge is currently CLOSED to all public vehicles.
Drive to Havelock Marina
  • then get a private water transfer to Raetihi Lodge. We operate our own boat & skipper offering a private on-demand transfer service, or there are other water taxi operators available. Parking at Havelock Marina is around $6 per day.
  • 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 Havelock Marina jetty where we can collect you with our water transfer boat, and bring you over to Raetihi Lodge.  


What a wonderful place to relax and feel a bit outside off the world. The hiking & kayaking was great with these beautiful views. A real hidden gem. Thank you.

Fons & Mariele Dew Bosch, The Netherlands