Arapawa Island offers a range of activities for both the daring and the sedate.
To best appreciate the tranquillity of Arapawa, take a five-minute stroll down the hill to Whekenui Bay's private, white sandy beach of where there is plenty of space for children to play safely.


Your stay at Arapawa Homestead offers the opportunity to enjoy some of the wildlife that abounds on the island. There are a multitude of native birds to be seen while you walk around the bay and playful dolphins can be seen from the beach or boat. And if you love the sea, the fishing from either the wharf or boat is unbeatable and diving in the area is awesome. Sea kayaking is a very popular activity in the Marlborough Sounds and there are three kayaks available for use by our guests.

For the adventurous - and the reasonably fit - the island's terrain is perfect for hiking or mountain biking, and keen walkers and cyclists are rewarded with amazing views of our farm.

We have a 4 wheeler motorbike for hire ($60) according to availability.

Also a big attraction for kids and adults alike are our eels that live in the creek by the main house. They love to be fed fish or anything disposable. There are over 20 eels. Not to be eaten or caught though. Also, if you feel like exploring, you can take the walk to the Whaling Station, which is very close by. We can also arrange a visit to our very own Paua farm (small charge applies).

The Marlborough Region

The Marlborough region offers a wide range of activities, including:
  • Bush walks
  • Water skiing
  • Sea kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Rambling & hiking
  • Hunting
  • Bird watching
  • Winery and garden tours
  • Golf & tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Sea fishing
  • Sightseeing

We can organise fishing charters for you at different times of the year, weather permitting. We can also advise you on other local activities including wine trails to Marlborough's world-famous wine region, art and craft tours and even whale watching at Kaikoura.

Gunyah
 The homestead is a fully equipped, private and cosy home-away-from-home.
Sleeps up to 10

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Pearls & Paua
Arapawa Seafarms grow  paua for commercial
re-seeding and paua “abalone” pearls.
Take Paua Farm Tour.
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Teacher's Hut
The Hut has a fully self-contained kitchen with a bath/shower and three single beds, beautiful views of Whekenui Bay. Sleeps 3.

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