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Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

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    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.
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    Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

    We hadn't planned to do much other than a lazy day in Havelock but I'm so glad we popped into the information centre who recommended this tour. Our guides Matty and Britney were fantastic, the views were amazing and the Mussels were to die for....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank AndyHeit
    Reviewed March 30, 2019 via mobile

    Thoroughly enjoyed this tour was an excellent afternoon, great chance to explore more of the Marlborough Sounds but also to learn about and sample these delicious mussel morsels. The crew were super friendly and informative. Highly recommend this tour.

    Thank AndreaBarry32
    AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2019

    Hi Andrea Thank you so much for the terrific review. We really appreciate your recommendation. We hope to see you back again soon.

    Reviewed February 21, 2019

    The Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise experience was one of the highlights of our spring trip in New Zealand with Tauck Tours. The entire crew from the deck hands to the skipper were gracious, efficient, and glowed with justified pride. The oh-so-scenic cruise only got better...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Pam W
    AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2019

    Hi Pam Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We are thrilled to know you enjoyed the Greenshell Mussel Cruise, food and wine. We look forward to welcoming you on board again in the future.

    Reviewed January 21, 2019

    This cruise takes place in the beautiful Pelorus Sound. The guides are knowledgeable and warm. I learned a lot about the area and the aquaculture, and the mussels were of course delicious! I would recommend this to anyone who is in the area for an...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank viva_el_viaje8
    AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2019

    Hi viva_el_viaje8 Thanks for the awesome review. So glad you enjoyed our Greenshell Mussel Cruise and the delicious mussels. We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

    Reviewed January 11, 2019

    We signed up on a whim, looking for something to do while driving from Blenheim to Nelson. We are so glad we did! Our guide, Matt, was so very knowledgable about the Havelock area, mussels and the industry in general. They served mussels which were...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank hs0526
    AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2019

    Hi hs0526 Big thanks for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the Greenshell Mussel Tour, the mussels and the wine. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.

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