Activities with Kenepuru Water Taxi
Cruise the Kenepuru Sound
Take a personalised cruise with Pete and explore the Kenepuru Sound, one of the three sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Visit our mussel farm and learn about how the Greenshell™ are grown and harvested. Pete has been involved with mussel farming from the early 1970's when the farming of the mussels began, and has spent many years working on mussel harvesters and seeding boats for some of the big mussel companies. They also own our mussel farm, so he has first hand knowledge and experience.
See the wreck of the N.Z.T.S. “Amokura” - once a proud sailing ship built in 1889 and ended her life in 1953, on the beach where she now lies. Pete can tell you about the interesting history of this historic little ship.
Cruise past the old guest houses, the airfield, golf course, and the Skiddaw Reserve. This reserve is one of very few stands of native bush that has never been milled and goes to the waters edge.
Bring along your cameras to photograph the colony of Pied Cormorants (Shags). Or just sit and watch them feeding their young and going about their daily lives in their nests, perched in an old birch tree. Sometimes you will also see Gannets and other sea-birds.
Cruise times are normally 1 hour, 1 ½ hours, or 2 hours. But the choice is yours! If there is anything else you are interested in, just ask us, and we can arrange a cruise to suit your individual requirements.
Queen Charlotte Track
The world renowned Queen Charlotte Track runs along the ridge-line between the Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. It's 71 km long and has spectacular views of both Sounds. www.qctrack.co.nz/
You can walk between Portage and Te Mahia for a day walk. It is 8km long and takes about 2 ½ to 3 hours. We can drop you off at either Portage or Te Mahia, then pick you up later, and return you to your accommodation. Or if you are at either Portage or Te Mahia already, you can either take the water taxi, and then you are able to amble back at your own pace. Otherwise, you can arrange with us to pick you up at a pre-arranged time to return you to your starting point.
Meals are available at Portage, and great pizza, cake and coffee at Te Mahia Resort.
If you aren't staying in the Kenepuru Sound, we can arrange to pick you up from Te Mahia or Portage wharf. Te Mahia is about 50 minutes from Havelock or 60 minutes from Picton by a scenic road. It is about 15 minutes extra to the Portage.
Putanui Point track goes from the Mahau Sound side of the point, up to the ridge. From here you can branch off and go out to the trig station at the end. From here there are views down the Pelorus Sound. Return to the junction and take the track down to the shore on the Kenepuru side. There is a DOC camp here with toilets.
It is advisable to wear good footwear, but the track is very well maintained and is not very steep or rough. It is about 5km long and takes 1 ½ hours walking, but take a bit longer to enjoy the views from out between the native trees, and look at the ferns, fungi, trees and listen to the birds singing.
There is a stand of Nikau palms on the Kenepuru side, and these are not very common around this area. The Mahua side is a magnificent stand of big birch trees, mosses, ferns, and other natives. Watch out for the wild orchids that are growing along the edge of the track. When the weather is nice, take your swimsuit, as the beaches on both sides, are quite nice, and a swim after walking may just be the thing to finish off your day, before being picked up to return to your start.
This pristine piece of native bush is one of the few remaining areas of bush that goes to the water edge and has never been milled. We can drop you off, so that you can walk along the track. Don't miss the large Rimu tree on the side of the road, just before you get out of the bush. Stop off for morning or afternoon tea, or lunch at Raetihi Lodge before returning by our water taxi to your accommodation.
Cycling and Kayaking
We can transport your cycles or kayaks at a place and time to be arranged, so you can discover the Kenepuru Sound at your own pace. If you are travelling with your kayaks or bikes there is no extra charge for them.
Cycling distances and times:
Drive to Te Mahia, and we can pick you up from here, or from the Portage wharf and drop you at one of the places below for you to ride back to your car or accommodation.
It's a 57km ride from the beginning of the Skiddaw Reserve to Te Mahia.
|Skiddaw to Raetihi||4km||30 minutes||(not suitable for beginners)|
Meals/coffee available at Raetihi Lodge.
|Raetihi to Waitaria Bay||15km||60 minutes||Toilet at Waitaria Bay Hall|
|Waitaria Bay to Kenepuru Heads||14km||60 minutes||Toilet & place for picnic lunch|
|Kenepuru Heads to Portage||13km||45 minutes||Portage Resort available for meals etc|
|Portage to Te Mahia||11km||45 minutes||Coffee, pizza & cakes available at Te Mahia Resort|
Golf - Nopera Bay Golf Course
Make it a day out. We can pick you up from Te Mahia Bay which is only 45 minutes driving from Havelock or 60 minutes from Picton.
Situated on a working farm in the middle of the Marlborough Sounds, this 9 hole course has electric fences around the greens to keep the lambs and other animals off. As well as sheep and cattle, you will see Pukeko's, weka's and wild ducks. You'll be excused if you forget your golf when you get to the top of Robb's Knob and admire the view - it is stunning.
Club days: Saturday - noon start for both Ladies and Men. All visitors welcome. Club hire also can be arranged.
Take a packed lunch and sit at the top of Robb's Knob and enjoy the view down the course and out the bay.
After your game of golf, Raetihi Lodge is available for morning or afternoon teas, or lunches. Relax with a glass of wine, or have one of Juli Steven's rejuvenating massages. She uses a wide selection of therapeutic essential oils on your body, while inhaling steam, as well as hot rocks and towels to relax, invigorate and relieve pain. Massage is highly recommended!
Click here to see more photos and details about the Nopera Bay Golf Course.