The Seafood Cruise is a private charter Marlborough Sounds cruise where you’re served the freshest seafood with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc while you enjoy the scenery.
Departing from either Picton or Havelock, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound, or the Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, and cruise near a salmon or mussel farm while aboard our luxury launch.
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.
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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.
How do I find Havelock?
Havelock is a small seaport township on State Highway 6, the main road between Blenheim and Nelson – about 30 minutes drive from Blenheim. Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, two of the main sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. The third sound is the Queen Charlotte Sound, out of Picton that many visitors get to see if travelling on a ferry. Havelock is a great little township to explore with lots of arts and crafts, cafe and restaurants. These days Havelock is known as the ‘Greenshell Mussel Capital of the world’. There are more Greenshell mussels brought in through this port than anywhere else.
Where do I board the cruise in Havelock?
MV Spirit is docked at Jetty 1A at Havelock Marina. Turn towards the water from Havelock township and drive down and park near the Slip Inn Café. Jetty 1A is directly to the right of the Slip Inn Café, when you’re facing the water.
What’s available onboard?
As part of the Marlborough Sounds seafood tour we serve fresh local seafood with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 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 vessels have 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 Marlborough Sounds 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.
I am travelling by myself – will your cruise still operate?
Yes, this cruise operates with a minimum of one person.
Should we eat before the cruise?
Yes, the Marlborough seafood tour is designed as a scenic cruise with a great tasting of fresh local seafood. You will get lots of seafood to eat but we wouldn't call it a meal, so it is best to have a meal before you come out. Enquire about catering.
Can my big group still go on this cruise?
We can accommodate up to 80 people on this cruise, please enquire and we can provide you with a quote for your group.
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