Getting Here

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Important update – road closure

Due to a severe weather event in July 2021, the Kenepuru Road is currently closed while major roadworks are being undertaken. The road will most likely remain closed to public until March 2022.

Water transport is available from Picton via Waterfall Bay with Cougarline and the Hopewell Watertaxi connection for $55 per person each way. Or you can come from Havelock to Hopewell. For groups Havelock Water Taxis offers a great rate and they provide an on demand service although you’ll need to book in advance. The Pelorus Mail Boat now operates into the Kenepuru Sound on Tuesdays and Saturdays departing from Havelock at 10am. They provide a pick up and drop off service to Hopewell on these days for $25pp each way. And for the even smaller groups there is the Hopewell Watertaxi, we charge $35 per person each way (minimum run rate of $70). These prices include The Marlborough District Council subsidy of $25 per person per trip.

And you can arrive by plane. Pelorus Air flies to Nopera (our local airstrip) from Picton and Wellington. The subsidy of $25 per person also applies here. Hopewell offers a free pick up from the airstrip.

You can book directly with the water taxi companies and Pelorus Air but make sure you mention the Kenepuru subsidy or you can contact the Marlborough i-Site on 0800 777 181 or email: promo code: KENEPURU and they will make the booking for.  It’s easier to book the Hopewell Water Taxi directly with us.

The Havelock Marina has safe parking for only $6 per day.

You can always contact us directly and we can discuss the best option for you.


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.

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. $60 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.

Water Taxi Prices
Transfers from Te Mahia to Hopewell $30 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 two people). Or you can fly from Picton to Nopera for $99 per person (minimum two people). For more information please email or phone +64 27 757 7247

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 $100 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.





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.