Sundowner Cruise

Sundowner Cruise

The Sundowner Cruise is a 2-hour private charter Marlborough Sounds cruise, featuring delicious fresh local seafood and produce accompanied by Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Cruise out from Picton into the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound aboard our luxury launch for this relaxing pre-dinner cruise, the perfect end to your day in Marlborough.


Tour Overview

2 hours
6pm – Picton Marina Wharf 5 (check in 5.45pm)
Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings, December to March
MV Odyssea – 20 metre catamaran
Minimum 6 people, maximum 40 (larger bookings by arrangement)


Depart Picton, cruise Marlborough Sounds – enjoy the tranquillity of the Queen Charlotte Sound, with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and delicious nibbles including the famous Regal salmon, Tio Point oysters, local cheeses, colds meats, fresh breads, fruits and nuts
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 Marlborough Sounds sundowner tour we serve fresh local produce 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 launch 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 and a sunhat. 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 big group still go on this cruise?

We can accommodate up to 40 people on this vessel, however we can provide an alternative launch for bigger groups – please enquire for a quote for your group.

Terms & Conditions

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