Greenshell Mussel Cruise

COVID-19 UPDATE: All Marlborough Tour Company tours and cruises have been cancelled for four weeks until Wednesday 22 April. We will make a decision on bookings beyond 22 April based on Government advice. In the meantime, we welcome your enquiries about exisiting bookings and new bookings for later in the year.

Enjoy the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds with the indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise, featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate wine/food match.

Relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard our luxury launch MV Spirit on this half-day exclusive tour, departing Havelock. Learn about local history, visit a mussel farm and take in the stunning scenery.


Tour Overview

3 hours
1.30pm Havelock Marina Pier C (1.15pm check in)

NZ$135 per adult

NZ$45 per child (5-15 years)

Children 0-4 years FREE!

Prices valid until 31 March 2020.

Tour operates daily year round (except 25 & 26 December)
MV Spirit - 14 metre catamaran
Minimum 2 people

Greenshell Mussel Cruise FAQs

The Greenshell Mussel Cruise is a half-day Marlborough Sounds cruise featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and a mussel farm visit, while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound aboard our luxury launch.


Depart Havelock Cruise Marlborough Sounds – enjoy the tranquillity of the Pelorus Sound & Kenepuru Sound, visit a mussel farm & sample freshly-steamed Greenshell mussels matched with Marlborough sauvignon blanc
Arrive back at Havelock Marina


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 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 and when do I board the cruise?

Our launch, MV Spirit, is docked at Pier C at Havelock Marina. Turn towards the water from Havelock township and drive down and park near the Slip Inn Café. Pier C is directly to the right of the Slip Inn Café, when you’re facing the water. 

We depart at 1.30pm, please arrive to check in by 1.15pm.

What’s available onboard?

As part of the Marlborough Sounds cruise we serve freshly-steamed Greenshell mussels 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. EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard can be used onboard. The launch has a range of indoor and outdoor areas for your comfort and for viewing the beautiful Marlborough Sounds scenery,.  

What should 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. In the middle of summer you may wish to bring your swimsuit and a towel, as there may be an opportunity to have a swim while we are anchored.

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 vessels, such as MV Spirit, are very large and stable, they are the largest charter cruise boats in the Havelock marina.

I am travelling by myself – will your cruise still operate?

Our cruises have a minimum of 2 people. Send us an email with the date/s you will be in Marlborough, we can let you know the best day/s to come cruising, when we have other guests booked in.

Should we have lunch before the cruise?

Yes, the Marlborough Sounds cruise is designed as an afternoon scenic with a great tasting of fresh mussels.  You will get lots of mussels to eat but we wouldn't call it a lunch, so it is best to have lunch before you come out. The Slip Inn Cafe in Havelock is a great spot for lunch and it’s right next to our departure point at Pier C in the Havelock Marina.

Do you have group cruise departures?

Yes, if you are travelling with a group and require a group tour, please let us know. Our group cruises often depart on a morning cruise at 9.30am or we can arrange a time that suits your group itinerary. We have multiple large launches for this Marlborough Sounds cruise so we can be flexible on departure cruise times for group bookings. We operate a range of Marlborough group cruises and tours, and South Island tours.

What if I don’t have transport?

If you don’t have transport to Havelock, consider booking on our full-day Marlborough Icons Tour where you’re collected and taken on a Marlborough wine tour, enjoy a Marlborough Sounds waterfront lunch followed by a seafood cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Then we drop you home at the end of the day. What could be more relaxing than that?

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Cruise route - Pelorus & Kenepuru Sounds (weather dependent)

Cruise departs Havelock Marina - Pier C. Next to Slip Inn Cafe, along the Accessway.

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> Also, morning cruise departing 9.30pm


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No transport to Havelock?

If you don’t have transport to Havelock, consider booking your spot on our full-day Marlborough Icons Tour where you’re collected and taken on a Marlborough wine tour, enjoy a waterfront lunch followed by a seafood cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Then we drop you home at the end of the day. What could be more relaxing than that? 


Add a wine tour

Why stop at a Marlborough Sounds cruise, our Taste Marlborough Wine Tour will give you an insiders view of world-renown Marlborough wineries. 


Charter a launch

We have a range of luxury launches available for cruise charters, whether for a business group, special occasion or private outing. Contact us for more information and to quote especially for you.