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Itinerary
Head to the South Island’s Havelock Marina, Pier C, in the afternoon for the start of your cruise. You’ll climb aboard the MV Spirit, a luxury ship that will guide you through your sightseeing trip in this visually-striking coastal region. Havelock is known as one of the best entry points for visitors exploring Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, the two main sounds that make up the greater Marlborough Sound area.

You’ll spend the day cruising on the MV Spirit, a 45-foot (14-meter) catamaran with both indoor and outdoor viewing areas that will guide you through the sounds. As you enjoy views of the winding coastline, dig into a bowl of freshly-steamed Greenshell Mussels accompanied by a glass of local Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The fact you’re eating foodstuffs grown right in this picturesque area will add to your enjoyment.

As you continue your boat trip, you’ll have the chance to stop by a local mussel farm and experience how these bivalves are grown in the sounds’ nutrient-rich waters. You’ll also enjoy live commentary as you cruise, including maybe a few sightings of local creatures like dolphins, seals and penguins.

For those who want to keep the fun going during the ride, additional beverages beyond the first glass of wine are available for purchase, including local wines, juice, beer and bottled water. An array of light snacks is also available if you’re still feeling hungry.

You’ll return to the Havelock Marina at the conclusion of your cruising trip.
Locations visited
Greenshell Mussel Daily Cruise
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Tour Company
Overview
Pair superb views of New Zealand’s Marlborough Sound with a glass of the area’s famous Sauvignon Blanc and a bowl of freshly-steamed Greenshell Mussels on this high-end, 3-hour sightseeing cruise. Cruise aboard a high-end luxury launch as you explore Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, stopping to look for local wildlife and to visit a local mussel farm.
Highlights
  • Experience the Marlborough Sounds on this combination sightseeing cruise, mussel tasting and wine tasting
  • Feast your eyes on the view and then on locally-grown Greenshell Mussels and Sauvignon Blanc wine
  • Soak up the amazing scenery of the Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound
  • Ride aboard the MV Spirit, a high-end 45-foot (14-meter) catamaran with indoor and outdoor viewing areas
  • Visit a local mussel farm to get a sense of how your food was raised
  • Perfect combination of sightseeing cruise and food tasting with local products
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile
Greenshell mussel farming like you've never experienced!

We had a fantastic afternoon on board the MV Spirit, touring the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds and learning about the history and method of greenshell mussel farming. To top it all off, we were treated to a bowl of greenshell mussels and a glass of...More

Thank CelMarkBrisbane
Reviewed 21 February 2018
Fantastic mussel cruise

Really enjoyed this trip. We should have gone from Havelock, but due to the bad weather we were taken from Picton on The Queen Charlotte Sound. Lovely crew very friendly & informative. The skipper was great very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. Lexi was...More

Thank A_AWarwickshire
Reviewed 27 January 2018
Stunning, great views of Havelock and surrounding area, boat cruise, & Mussels & Salmon lunch

This tour was spectacular! The tour by bus of the region, driven and commented by Ryan Godsiff, skipper, tour guide, owner, was wonderful. He had grown up in the area and was very knowledgeable. But the boat cruise for our group was over the top:...More

1  Thank Smitty09876
Reviewed 25 January 2018
Best green mussel experience

Hamish our driver and "captain" of our boat was both friendly and informative. The views were amazing and we had freshly cooked mussels with a nice cold Sauvignon blanc. We started the day off with some wine tasting and had a really nice meal at...More

Thank colinandsuefarrow
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile
Fascinating trip even if you don’t like mussels!

I don’t like mussels ...but even I found this trip really interesting! Ryan was the skipper on our trip in the afternoon to see the mussel farms out in the Sound off Havelock. Assisted by two colleagues who did the cooking (see later!) Twenty five...More

Thank BathUKMan
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