As well as offering lodge accommodation, this tourist complex can be visited on a variety of short cruises from Picton. Activities include kayaking; stand-up paddle boarding; bushwalks; a sculpture walk; hand-feeding stingrays, eels and endangered kākāriki parakeets; and checking out Lochmara's underwater observatory (adult/child $20/10). Lunch and dinner options are also available.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

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1. Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

4.02 MILES

Built near Calcutta and launched in 1853, the Edwin Fox is purportedly the world’s ninth-oldest surviving ship. During its chequered career it carried…

2. Eco World Aquarium

4.06 MILES

The primary purpose of this centre is animal rehabilitation: all sorts of critters come here for fix-ups and rest-ups, and the odd bit of hanky-panky!…

3. Heritage & Whaling Museum

4.16 MILES

There's something quite appealing about this style of regional museum: it cheerfully leaps between displays on the local hospital and jail, Māori family…

4. Lookout

4.87 MILES

The lookout on the Tirohanga Track has beautiful, wide-ranging views of Picton and Queen Charlotte.

5. Cullen Point Lookout

11.49 MILES

Cullen Point curves around to the northeast of Havelock, sheltering the marina from the rest of Pelorus Sound. A 10-minute walk loops up and around the…

6. Havelock Museum

12.42 MILES

Inhabiting an old Methodist church, this cute, locally focused museum presents old colonial tales in a contemporary, easily digestible style.

7. Saint Clair Estate

16.62 MILES

Prepare to be blown away by the Pioneer Block and Reserve range sauvignon blanc and pinot noir at Marlborough's most awarded winery. There's a good…

8. Motuara Island

17.31 MILES

This DOC-managed, predator-free island reserve at the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound is chock-full of rare NZ birds including the Ōkārito brown kiwi …