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Our goal is to ensure a safe, enjoyable and friendly environment for all.

We take pride in the clean, spacious and affordable accommodation we deliver our guests and value the diversity of cultures this business allows us to experience.


We are located 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.


Havelock is the gateway to the stunning Pelorus and Marlborough sounds and the Green-shell Mussel capital of the world.

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.


Our friendly staff are happy to assist you in your travelling needs or queries.

If you are looking to find work in the area, or are a working holiday traveller we can help assist you in your quest for work and also provide amazing deals on accommodation.


We look forward to meeting, and sharing this amazing part of New Zealand with you all.



How did The Rutherford gain its unique name?

Historically, The Rutherford Backpackers was originally constructed as a school in 1862.

The Rutherford gained its unique name through a very famous pupil who attended the school in 1882. His name was Sir Ernest Rutherford.

Sir Ernest Rutherford has come to be known as 'the father of nuclear physics’ and New Zealand's most famous scientist!

you may recognize him as the face of New Zealand’s very own one-hundred-dollar note!





  • Excellent location!         Just a 30 minutes drive to Blenheim and 1-hour drive to Nelson

  • Walking distance to cafes, restaurants, and shops 

  • Excellent base to set up your next adventure, with hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, or scenic cruises at your disposal.

  • Free WiFi 

  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff.  

  • Very affordable Private, Double, Single, Twin, and Dorm rooms plus camping sites available.

  • Large communal area with cozy fireplace and TV- great place to meet new people

  • Assistance offered for Working Holiday Travelers and those looking for work in the area.

  • Special weekly accommodation rates.

  • Woofers welcome.


Address - 46 Main Road, Havelock

Tel - (64) 3 574 2104

Email -



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