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Anakiwa from the south-west, looking toward Outward Bound
Anakiwa from the south-west, looking toward Outward Bound
Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough

Anakiwa is a coastal residential village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, one of the Marlborough Sounds. The permanent population is unknown, however there are approximately 140 private dwellings in the village, excluding the Outward Bound School complex. The number of people staying in the bay's houses increases dramatically in holiday periods, as a high proportion of dwellings are only seasonally occupied.

Anakiwa is also the terminus of the Queen Charlotte Track, with most hikers choosing to complete their walk here, before catching a water taxi back to Picton.


Anakiwa has two public wharves, each with a public boat ramp. There are a total of 5 publicly accessible boat ramps along the Anakiwa foreshore. There are numerous lodges, backpacker, and bed & breakfast accommodation within the village, as well as a seasonal store which caters to Queen Charlotte track hikers, as well as other visitors. Public toilets are located metres from the entrance to the Queen Charlotte track, along with a payphone in a small kiosk shelter.

Other nearby services, within a 7 km radius, in the Linkwater valley include a Challenge Petrol station & store; camping ground with cabins; motel; primary school; community hall; and a rural fire station. Havelock is the nearest town, being 20 kilometres west with a 25-minute drive. Picton is 22 kilometres east, accessible by road for 35 minutes. The major centre of Blenheim is 59 kilometres south, a 56-minute drive, and is where the main airport is which serves the region.


In 1864, the New Zealand Government granted land to the Beauchamp family for farming in Anakiwa. In 1928 the family built a guesthouse on the site, which was purchased by Outward Bound School Trust in 1962. Outward Bound School held their first course on 20 October 1962, with only men being able to attend until 1973 when the first women's course began.

Tirimoana is a settlement within Anakiwa which was originally known as the Tirimoana Subdivision of the farm lands that once occupied the area to the south and west of Outward Bound School.

Boundary Gate Corner which is 3.25 kilometres from the Queen Charlotte Drive intersection, marked the boundary between the two farms in the early 1900s, and a gate once stood here across the access road. Today, there is a sign and bench seat which marks this location. Coordinates: 41°15′52″S 173°54′46″E / 41.26444°S 173.91278°E / -41.26444; 173.91278

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