Marlborough Sounds, Pelorus & Kenepuru Sound Pelorus Promotions

General Travel Information

We’re not really far away from Wellington or Nelson! Your accommodation provider will be the best person to advise you on the best form of transport to get to your desired destination. Here’s some ideas on just how easy it is to visit us.

How to travel to the Marlborough Sounds: By Air:

There are airports at Blenheim and Nelson, plus a small one at Picton (Koromiko). Helicopters can be chartered to fly you directly to your destination or just for a scenic flight. There are also small airfields scattered within our area.

By Sea:

Ferries cross the Cook Straits 7 days a week and offer a chance to get a cruise as well as get to to across to the South Island.

By Road:

Rental cars, motor homes and camper vans, private vehicles, motor bikes and cycles are popular means of getting into those hidden places.

Float Plane
From the North Island

Inter Islander and Blue Bridge sail daily between Wellington & Picton.

Ferry crossing times Wellington/Picton (approximately)

Interislander3 hours
Bluebridge Service 3 hours 20 minutes

Planes of Air new Zealand and Air2There fly regularly to Blenheim or Nelson Airports.
Wellington to Picton/Blenheim/Nelson - Sounds Air
By Charter Helicopters Av8Helicopters or HeliPro
Wellington to Picton or your destination within the Marlborough Sounds - " Picton Air Services (Float Plane)

Coming from South Planes to Blenheim or Nelson Airports Air new Zealand
Plane from Kaikoura - Sounds Air
Trains to Blenheim or Picton RailNewZealand
Buses - Picton, Blenheim, Havelock, Nelson, West Coast. Intercity

Once you are in the Marlborough Sounds you can use the following ways to explore them further:

French Pass and d Urville Island


Small plane service from Koromiko by Sounds Air and airfields in the Sounds.
Float plane service in Picton by Picton Air Services
Helicopter to anywhere... Marlborough Helicopters ( Cloudy Bay Helicopters ( Windhawk Helicopters)


Rental vehicles based at Picton, Blenheim or Nelson from Hertz, Avis, Budget and others.
Buses & coaches operate regular services between Picton/Blenheim/Havelock/Nelson. Intercity Busses

Driving times: (all times are approximate)
Picton to Havelock (via Queen Charlotte Drive)1 hour
Picton to Havelock (via Spring Creek, Raparura)1 hour
Picton to Blenheim25 minutes
Picton to Te Mahia (Kenepuru Sound)1 hour
Blenheim to Havelock30 minutes
Havelock to Linkwater20 minutes
Havelock to Nelson1 hour
Havelock to Te Mahia (Kenepuru Sound)45 minutes
Havelock to Hopewell, Kenepuru Sound2 hours 15 minutes
Havelock to Titirangi2 hours
Havelock to Rai Valley25 minutes
Havelock to Bulwer2 hours 30 mins
Rai Valley to Okiwi Bay30 mins
Rai Valley to French Pass1 hours 30 mins
Rai Valley to Elaine Bay1 hour
Nelson to Okiwi Bay1 hour 45 mins
Nelson to Elaine Bay1 hour 45 mins
Nelson to French Pass2 hours 30 mins
Nelson to Bulwer3 hours 15 mins

Water Transport:

(Picton to Kenepuru Sound also includes a trip over the hill; this is about 8 - 10 minutes.)

Boating times: (all times are approximate)
Picton to Torea20 minutes
Picton to Waterfall Bay20 minutes
Portage/ Te Mahia to within Kenepuru15 minutes
Havelock to Kenepuru Sound1 - 1 ½ hours (by launch)
Havelock to Kenepuru Sound30 - 45 minutes (faster boats)
Havelock to Te Rawa30-45 minutes


A pdf file of the flyer "Safe Hunting in the Sounds" is available to download.

Te Rawa

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D'Urville Island
French Pass


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