By: Christopher Cookson
Anakiwa is a small settlement in the Marlborough Sounds in Thompson Bay at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui, that is the site of Outward Bound, and the western end to the Queen Charlotte Track. Many of the residences at Anakiwa are holiday homes that are occupied only seasonally, with many available for short term rental, however there is a small permanent population. According to 2013 Census data, Anakiwa and the immediately surrounding area has a population of 177. Historically, the area was settled by Ngāti Rāhiri, however they left the area in the 1850s to support Whānau in the Taranaki land wars.
Anakiwa has a beach that is a mix of silt and sand, and public jetties and boat ramps. Kayak hire is available from near Linkwater, and both swimming and kayaking are popular summer activities. Public toilets are provided, and there is a kiosk with information about the Queen Charlotte Track.
Water taxi services are available from Picton to Anakiwa for walkers and cyclists using the Queen Charlotte Track. Road access is via Queen Charlotte Drive, either from Picton or Havelock, with Havelock slightly closer.
The Outward Bound outdoor education school was established at Anakiwa in 1962.