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Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton

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    What to Expect
    Make your own way to the Picton Marina in the early afternoon to board your 65-foot (20-meter) luxury catamaran. Picton is located at the top of the South Island, near the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound and just 25 minutes north of Blenheim.

    Get comfortable on one of the outdoor decks or in the cabin, which has booth seats with tables, and lounge areas. Take in sweeping views of the the scenic waterways of the Sound as your captain takes you to salmon and mussel farms along the route. The crew serves up samples of fresh seafood from local sources (typically steamed greenshell mussels, king salmon and Cloudy Bay clams) accompanied by a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc wine.

    Hear informative commentary about the region from your captain during the cruise, and keep an eye out for possible sightings of wildlife such as penguins, dolphins and seals.

    A range of light snacks, hot tea and coffee, Marlborough wines, beer, juice, and bottled water are available for purchase on board.

    Your 3.5-hour tour ends with return to the Picton Marina in the early evening.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    2 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Duration
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Food tasting
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Wine tasting
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local taxes
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Check in for your cruise is 15 minutes prior to departure.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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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    What a wonderful cruise! Our crew, Chris and Lexi, were fantastic! The information about the mussel and salmon farms was very interesting. And the food—mussels, salmon and bread with olive oil was very good and plentiful! Definitely a highlight of our trip!
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    Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton
    Responded 12 Jan 2020
    Hi Jam3579, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are thrilled the cruise was a highlight for you and that you enjoyed the hospitality and the fresh Marlborough seafood. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to welcoming you back one day soon.
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    Had a great half day cruise with Captain Chris. Very informative and relaxing. We thought we would be getting just a “taste” of the delicious local seafood. Buckets of mussels and clams and then the salmon. We cancelled dinner that night. Highly recommended.
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    Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton
    Responded 1 Dec 2019
    Hi Benaroo, a big thanks for your great review. We’re chuffed that you enjoyed your cruise with Chris, authentic Marlborough hospitality and your seafood feast! We look forward to seeing you back soon.
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    Can not recommend enough. Staff members are brilliant, lots of information about the area. Captain was amazing with our 7 year old and her million and 1 questions. Food was beautiful and tasty and plenty of it. Have family coming from overseas in the new year and will be
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    Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton
    Responded 1 Dec 2019
    Hi GrahamH1403, thanks so much for taking time to write a review about your experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and that your daughter had so many great questions during her trip. We hope to welcome you onboard again soon with your family.
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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 professional and friendly. Great service and value for money. I would strongly recommend.
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    Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton
    Responded 1 Dec 2019
    Hi MahonDY, thanks so much for your great review. We’re pleased that you had a great time on your uncrowded Marlborough Sounds cruise, and look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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    We had our own private charter boat from Marlborough Sound with our Tauck guided tour to the Green Muscle Farms in Marlborough Sound! Fabulous time seeing & tasting steamed Green Muscles! Oh So Delicious! What a Fabulous day of seeing the Sound! The crew & staff were
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    Response from AnMTCexperience, Manager at Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton
    Responded 1 Dec 2019
    Hi CathieP_12, thanks so much for your amazing review. We enjoyed hosting you and are delighted that you consider your tour a highlight of the trip. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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    About the operator
    By: Marlborough Tour Company
    Giovanna I
    71
    Wine Tour
    John took us on an amazing wine tour. We visited Fromm, Cloudy bay, Hans Herzog (my favourite) St Clair where had
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    Kevin B
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    3412
    Brilliant Combined Marlborough wine tour and Green Lipped Mussel Cruise from Havelock
    We did the all day combined Marlborough wine tour and green lipped mussel tasting cruise from Havelock. It was
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    rekwob444
    London, United Kingdom
    62
    Marlborough wine tour for day including lunch
    We have just had the most wonderful day out visiting 6 vineyards , including a really nice lunch , touring the
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    PopsPeter
    Witney, United Kingdom
    5521
    A Fantastic Day in the Vineyards of Marlborough
    What an amazing day having a personalised tour around the Marlborough wine region. Our driver/guide, Stephen, did
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    Anne P
    92
    Great wine tour / cruise through The Sounds
    Can highly recommend this tour. A morning of visiting approximately four wineries (Cloudy Bay included) followed
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    Doug C
    10
    What a great day!
    Our Courier/driver Heather undoubtedly contributed to making our wine tasting & seafood cruise a day to remember.
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    Twittpugmom
    2911
    Great wine tour
    We had a wonderful day touring the vineyards with Chris. He was friendly,accommodating and very knowledgable about
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    Jam3579
    Timaru, New Zealand
    103
    Fabulous Tour!
    What a wonderful cruise! Our crew, Chris and Lexi, were fantastic! The information about the mussel and salmon
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    MRS O
    30
    Fantastic Tour.. Bloody Brilliant 👍🏼
    Picked up from Marlborough Vintners Hotel by Andrew...only to find out he is from the same Welsh village as us!
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    Emerald Ng
    Hong Kong, China
    30
    Full Day Private Wine Tour from Blenheim
    We spent the day with Stephen Russell, our amazing tour guide and visited 4 wineries of different characters. He
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