Getting Here

Choose Your Own Adventure

Important update – Kenepuru Road is now open for restricted public Access

You can now drive to Hopewell however at times the road will be closed for continuing improvements. You can find out more by contacting us directly or for the latest roading information visit:

How to Get to Hopewell

Hopewell Lodge is located in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. You will find us in Double Bay on the water’s edge of the remote Kenepuru Sound. Getting to Hopewell is a scenic experience and we can be easily accessed by road, water and air. Below you will find a list of possible transport options. For more detailed information on how to get to Hopewell, please contact us directly or consult our Visitor Information Sheet: Hopewell Info January 2022

By Road

Hopewell is at the end of the Kenepuru Road. The Kenepuru Road winds around the coastline of the Kenepuru Sound and is a very scenic drive with great views. The drive from Picton or Havelock takes about 2.5 hours and is less than 100kms.

The Queen Charlotte Drive is the scenic route which connects Havelock and Picton. You need to take this road from either Havelock or Picton to get to Linkwater. Here you turn into the Kenepuru Rd and Hopewell is at the end of this road. It is faster to go via Havelock if you are driving from Kaikoura.
It is not necessary to have a 4WD vehicle; the road is in very good condition with only 16kms of unsealed road.

From Distance Driving Time (Approximate)



2 Hours



2 Hours 30 Mins



2 Hours 15 Mins

Blenheim (via Havelock)


3 Hours



3 Hours 30 Mins

Golden Bay


5 Hours 15 Mins



7 Hours

Westport (via Renwick)


6 Hours 30 Mins

Drive Part Way

You can drive part way and take a short cut across the Sound by boat from Te Mahia Bay.
Te Mahia Bay is only one hour’s drive from Picton or 40 minutes’ drive from Havelock and the road is sealed all the way.

If you have a car but don’t want to drive all the way around to Hopewell, taking the Hopewell Boat is the best and cheapest option. $50 per person return, $20 return for children under 14 years (children under 5 are free of charge). Bookings are essential. The boat runs inwards from Te Mahia to Hopewell between midday to 6pm and outwards from Hopewell to Te Mahia between 8am to 2pm.

Taking the Hopewell Boat from Te Mahia saves you driving another 1.5  hours to Hopewell. The car park at Te Mahia Wharf is safe to leave your car and there is no parking charge. The trip across the sound takes 15 minutes. Please book with us directly. We appreciate your booking in advance. Make sure you park down at the wharf and not at the resort. There is mobile phone reception at the end of the wharf. There is NO public phone at Te Mahia Bay Resort.

By Water Taxi

You can take a water taxi from Havelock (30 minutes) or Picton (45 minutes) or from Te Mahia (10 minutes).

Please contact us directly and we can help you to organise your best option. You can also view our Visitor Information Sheet for detailed information on water taxi service providers from specific locations. Hopewell Info January 2022

Water Taxi Prices
Transfers from Te Mahia to Hopewell $25 per adult each way.
Transfers from Portage to Hopewell $30 per person each way – minimum run rate – 2 adults.
Transfers from Waterfall Bay (Picton boat connection) $30 per adult each way.
All transfers: Children under 14 years $10 each way, children under 5 are free).

By Air

You can also fly with Pelorus Air directly from Wellington to Nopera (our local airstrip) in the Kenepuru Sound. $189 per person (minimum three people). Or you can fly from Picton to Nopera for $99 per person (minimum three people). For more information please email or phone +64 27 757 7247. We provide free transfers from the Nopera Airstrip to Hopewell.

By Kayak

Paddle to Hopewell Lodge with Sea Kayak Adventures. The team at Sea Kayak Adventures will pick you up in Picton, organise your kayaks and equipment, and drive you to a launching place in the Kenepuru Sound. A beautiful 3 hour kayak or 1 hour (your choice) and you can paddle right to the lodge. Prices start from as low as $120 per person (minimum two people) including transfers from Picton and two day sea kayak hire.

Contact Sea Kayak Adventures directly at: +64 800 262 5492

By Personal BOAT

We have complimentary registered moorings available for our guests.



Hopewell Info January 2022




Lavi E. via TripAdvisor

Perfect location, amazing views, fabulous atmosphere & Mike and Linley were the best hosts ever.

Perfect location, amazing views, fabulous atmosphere & Mike and Linley were the best hosts ever.
Fresh Cinnamon buns and warm smiles welcomed us on arrival. Linley and Mike made great effort to keep us all enjoying the Lodge and the beautiful opportunities surrounding it. We’ve gone on beautiful walks, fishing, kayaking and biking. We enjoyed the Hot Tub facing the beautiful sound and our kids even got an opportunity to visit the local school –which was wonderful. There was excellent coffee available, yummy muscles brought by Mike and a great common room to sit back and relax. Clean and tidy with anything you can ask for; and more !! We cannot recommend Hopewell Lodge highly enough.