Getting to Arapawa
Boat owners coming to Whekenui Bay would launch at Waikawa Marina. Out Queen Charlotte sounds, turn right at Tory Channel. Travel approximately 10kms almost to the entrance to Cook Strait. Our wharf is located to the left of the leading lights, on left side of channel going out. For those without boats there are a number of ways to reach Whekenui Bay. If you are coming to us from Picton you can either take a trip on the mail boat or there are water taxis available. For a quick trip from Wellington, indulge in a short helicopter ride.
Water taxi tours from Whekenui Bay to the outer Marlborough Sounds can be arranged. Dinghy and boat mooring is included in the tariff.
We can recommend the following water taxi transport providers:
Picton Water Taxis
Phone: +64 3 573 78 53
Any Time Mobile: 027 227 0284
- Arrow Water Taxis
Phone: +64 3 573 8229
Our remote and peaceful location is one of our main drawcards. It is not only a holiday destination, it is also our family home, so we ensure safety measures are always readily available. We have a defibrillator in the bay (and training on how to use it), and can have a rescue helicopter here in 15 minutes if it is needed.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Although we are a long way from 'civilisation', we do have Vodafone coverage, in fact we have a Vodafone tower on our property!
If you have a car you wish to leave in Picton, Marlborough Sounds Storage provide both short and long term vehicle and boat storage. Alternatively, there are unsecured car parks available close to the ferry terminal and also on Wellington St in Picton.
Public Car Park, Picton Wharf
There are car parks available by the water taxi office charged at a daily rate.
We loved the 1960's look of Gunyah. Watching the ferries pass by and reminiscing with one of our group about living on this farm in the 60's made it all extra special. Great tour guide for our visit to the Paua Business too. We hope to return! Oct 2016.
Experience Arapawa Island