We came across the Havelock YHA by chance, reading an old Lonely Planet guide. There is no mention of it in the YHA pamphlets we picked up on our way around the south island of NZ. This YHA is small and charming, being based in an old school house. The receptionist Brent is very warm and welcoming. We were offered one room and when we demurred, it was no problem to change to another. The kitchen needs refurbishment to bring it to the standard of other YHAs we encountered on the same trip. The lounge is large and there is a great fireplace and a good selection on the TV should you wish. The toilets and showers were rather a long walk on a chilly night but were clean and well maintained.
We had intended to stay in Nelson but were glad we drove on further and discovered the gem of Havelock and its YHA.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rutherford Backpackers is located at the mouth of the Pelorus Sound, in the South Island’s Marlborough Sounds. We are placed centrally in Havelock, just a stone’s throw away from cafes, restaurants, museums, shops, art galleries and the renowned Sandford’s Mussel factory established alongside our scenic Havelock marina. If you are out to experience and explore the adventurous outdoors Marlborough has to offer, Havelock provides the perfect playground. Whether you hike, bike, drive or prefer the water, Havelock is sure to fulfill any adventurers needs or desires. Once the old Havelock school. the Rutherford has been converted into a modern backpacker style accommodation and shares a name with the school’s most famous pupil, Baron Ernest Rutherford of Nelson, creator of modern atomic physics. Another famous student from the Havelock school was William Pickering, father of the NASA space program. ... more less