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South Island

Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Greenshell Mussel Cruise, Pier C Havelock Marina, Havelock 7100, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Food tasting
    • Wine tasting
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Greenshell Mussel Daily Cruise
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum of two people
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    Great day out. 3 hours is the right time. Get to see marlborough sounds as well as a muscle farm with informative commentary. And then freshly cooked muscles and a glass of sav blanc.
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    We had a work function which included the Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise, Matt and Heather were not only hospitable but also highly information about the area and the process with mussel farming. We had a group of 7 who were all treated very well and had an amazing time
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    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. I highly recommend this tour.
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    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.
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    Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock
    Responded 31 Mar 2019
    Hi Andrea Thank you so much for the terrific review. We really appreciate your recommendation. We hope to see you back again soon.
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    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 and
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    Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise from Havelock
    Responded 24 Feb 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.
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    About the operator
    By: Marlborough Tour Company
    199 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    J Campbell
    Had a wonderful time wine tasting including a delicious lunch at St. Clair. Heather was a friendly and informative
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    Nishali P
    A must-do!
    As a young honeymoon couple from the UK we were thrilled that although we had booked this tour and expected a
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    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    Fab day out with Marlborough Tour Company
    Took the Marlborough Icons tour with Heather, John and Xander. Great visits to Cloudy Bay and StClair vineyards
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    Oxford, United Kingdom
    Great day and lots of variety
    Our guide Heather was a star, very attentive and keen to show us such a beautiful part of the South Island. We
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    Watford, United Kingdom
    Great day out
    Andrew took us out for the day on a wine tour. He was very knowledgable about the local area and the vineyards we
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    Mark Z
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    We had a great day
    Book day tour starting I Picton harbor. Our guide Norm arrived exact on time. It was beginning of fantastic day.
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    Anne c
    Wonderful tour of Marlborough Wine district
    This was a full day tour of a variety of vineyards in the Marlborough region. We visited large, commercial
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    Dublin, Ireland
    Can not recommend enough. Staff members are brilliant, lots of information about the area. Captain was amazing
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    Stuart, Florida
    Not a surprise they have almost all perfect reviews
    Ken, our bus driver/guide was punctual, personable, knowledgeable and professional. He provided not only
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    We were lucky enough to be the only 3 on the cruise but that said we had a fantastic afternoon. The crew were
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    Stephen B
    Informative and enjoyable
    We went on a tour of 6 different wineries / Vineyards today from Cloudy Bay, a large concern, to Hans Herzog, very
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    Caringbah, Australia
    Great Day, Highly recommend
    This is a wonderful tour, with lots of variety, not your average wine tour, but a great combination of wine,
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    Peter D
    Grenshell Mussel tasting Cruise
    Great day out. 3 hours is the right time. Get to see marlborough sounds as well as a muscle farm with informative
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    Excellent Tasting Cruise - Would do again!
    We had a work function which included the Greenshell Mussel Tasting Cruise, Matt and Heather were not only
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    Wellington, New Zealand
    Seafood Odyssea Cruise was fab!
    Such a fabulous experience, with glassy waters, dolphins, fresh mussels, clams and salmon paired with crisp sauv
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