Seafood Odyssea 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.
Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds with the exclusive Seafood Odyssea Cruise, featuring Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the definitive wine/food match.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard our luxury launch that departs from Picton daily, all year round. Cruise near an aquaculture farm, learn about this industry in the Marlborough Sounds and take in the picturesque scenery.
NZ$155 per adult
NZ$59 per child (5-15 years)
Children 0-4 years FREE
Prices valid until 31 March 2020.
Seafood Odyssea Cruise FAQs
The Seafood Odyssea Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds features fresh Regal salmon, steamed Greenshell mussels and Cloudy Bay clams, matched with Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Cruise near a salmon farm and enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound on this Marlborough Sounds cruise.
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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 & when do I board the cruise?
MV Mantra is docked at Town wharf 5 at Picton Marina. This is at the east end of the Picton waterfront, near the private vessel marina. There is a carpark nearby.
We depart at 1.30pm, please arrive to check in by 1.15pm.
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 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, 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 launches are very large and stable.
I am travelling by myself – will your cruise still operate?
Our Marlborough Sounds 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 seafood tour is designed as an afternoon scenic with a great tasting of fresh local seafood. You will get lots of seafood to eat but we wouldn't call it a lunch, so it is best to have lunch before you come out. Picton has a range of great cafes and eateries on offer.
What kind of seafood is available?
On board you will get to enjoy a tasting of fresh Marlborough seafood, usually Regal salmon, Greenshell mussels and Cloudy Bay Clams. Please note that on some occasions we do need to substitute this seafood with other Marlborough seafood.
Do you have group cruise departures?
Yes, if you are travelling with a group and require a group cruise, 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 cruise so we can be flexible on departure cruise times for group bookings. We operate a range of group cruises and tours.
What if I don’t have transport?
If you don’t have transport to Picton, 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 - Queen Charlotte Sound (weather dependent)
Cruise departs Picton Marina - Town Wharf 5
On board you will get to enjoy a tasting of fresh Marlborough seafood, usually Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels. Please note that on some occasions we do need to substitute this with other local Marlborough seafood.
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No transport to Picton?
If you don’t have transport to Picton, consider booking your spot on our full-day Marlborough Icons Tour where you’re collected and taken on a 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 this launch
This launch and our other luxury launches are 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.