Gourmet Lunch/Dinner Cruise

Gourmet Lunch/Dinner Cruise

Our Gourmet Lunch/Dinner Cruise is a private charter Marlborough Sounds cruise where your own private chef serves you a decadent 3 course lunch or dinner of fresh local produce, matched with Marlborough wine.

Departing from Picton you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound as you dine in style aboard our luxury launch. If you choose, you can also visit a marine farm, take time on a secluded beach, walk through native beech forest or try your hand at fishing.


Tour Overview

4-6 hours (as suits you)
10am (lunch) | 5pm (dinner) – Picton Marina Wharf 5
Available all year, except Christmas Day
MV Odyssea - luxury 20 metre catamaran
Lunch and dinner cruises for 10 – 70 people – pricing, menus and packages – please enquire


Depart Picton, cruise Marlborough Sounds and enjoy the tranquillity of the Queen Charlotte Sound with commentary on the history, the aquaculture & the people of the area, enjoy a 3 course lunch or dinner, matched with Marlborough wine. Then choose from a range of activities, or simply relax onboard
Arrive back at Picton


We are smoke free
At Marlborough Tour Company, we’re dedicated to ensuring the comfort and safety of our guests, as well as their enjoyment of the stunning natural environment that surrounds us. We are also committed to environmentally sustainable practises. For these reasons, all Marlborough Tour Company vehicles and cruise vessels are smoke free.
Thank you for your cooperation.



How do I find Picton?

Picton is a seaport township on State Highway 1, north of Blenheim at the top of the South Island, where ferries from Wellington arrive and depart. Picton is the gateway to the Queen Charlotte Sound, one of the main sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds NZ. The other two main sounds are the Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, out of Havelock. Picton is a great little township to explore with lots of arts and crafts, cafe and restaurants. 

Where do I board the cruise in Picton?

MV Odyssea is docked at Townwharf 5 at Picton Marina. This is at the east end of the Picton waterfront, near the private vessel marina. There is a carpark nearby. 

What’s available onboard?

As part of the tour we serve a chef-prepared 3 course meal with matching Marlborough wine. There is also a licensed bar facility on board which has a good range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice, bottled water. You can also purchase a range of light food items including chips and peanuts, as well as hot tea and coffee. EPTPOS, Visa and Mastercard are able to be used onboard. The vessel has a range of indoor and outdoor areas for your comfort and for viewing the beautiful scenery, including booth seats with tables and lounge areas.  

What do I bring along on the cruise?

Bring your camera, a sunhat and sunscreen. It also pays to bring a light windbreaker jacket, in case there is a chilly sea breeze.

Will I get seasick and should I take seasick medication?

No, getting seasick is very unlikely. The Queen Charlotte Sound is a very sheltered waterway and doesn’t get ocean swells or waves. We generally have fairly flat sea conditions in the inner Marlborough Sounds area that we cruise.  A strong wind can make things choppy but it’s uncommon to encounter rough sea conditions on this cruise. Our luxury launches are very large and stable.

Can my large group still go on this cruise?

We can accommodate up to 40 people on this cruise, please enquire and we can provide you with a quote for your group.

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