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Greenshell Mussel Cruise - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find Havelock?

Havelock is a small seaport township on Statehighway 6,  the main road between Blenheim and Nelson.   Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds (Two of the main Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds.  The third Sound is the Queen Charlotte Sound out of Picton that many visitors get to see while travelling on the Interisland ferry).  Havelock is a great little township to explore with lots of arts and crafts, cafe and restaurants. 

These days Havelock is known as the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the world.  There are more Greenshell Mussels brought in through this port than anywhere else. So what better place could there be to head to for a meal of fresh Mussels.!!

Map of the Marlborough and Nelson Regions


What if I dont have transport? (Join a Tour)

The Marlborough Travel "Icons Tour" Perfect for the person who would like everything in one day.  The best of the Marlborough Wine Region and the Marlborough Sounds.  Tour collects guests from Picton (9.30am) and Blenheim (10.00am) each morning over the Summer Season (1 Sept  - 14 April).  This tour heads out to experience some of Marlborough's Iconic wineries in the morning before heading through to Havelock for a nice lunch at the Slip Inn Cafe on the waterfront in the Havelock Marina.  Then join the Greenshell Mussel Cruise for the afternoon and get dropped back to your accommodation at the end of the day.   A fabulous full day out taking in the very best of Marlborough.

What do I bring along on the cruise and whats available on board?

Certainly bring along the camera.  Sunhat and sunscreen are highly reccommended through the summer season,   it does pay to bring a light windbreaker jacket if you feel the cold as the breeze can be a little cool on the water at times.    As part of the cruise we do serve freshly steamed Greenshell Mussels with a glass of Marlborough Sauvingon Blanc.   There is 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, peanuts.  

Will I get seasick and should I take seasick medication?

No, this is very unlikely.  The Marlborough Sounds is a very sheltered waterway and we dont have ocean swells or waves.  We generally have fairly flat sea conditions in the inner Sounds area that we cruise.   A strong wind can make things choppy but its uncommon to encounter rough sea conditions on this cruise.   The other factor is that our vessels are very large and stable,  they are the largest charter cruise boats in the Havelock marina.

I am travelling by myself and your tours/cruises operate 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 cruise is designed as an afternoon scenic with a great tasting of fresh Mussels.   You will get lots of mussels to eat but we wouldn't call it a lunch,  so best to have lunch before you come out.   The Slip Inn Cafe is a great spot for lunch and its right next to our departure point at Jetty 1A in the Havelock Marina.

Do you have group cruise departures?

Yes, if you are travelling with a group please let us know,  you may prefer to depart on a morning cruise at 9.30am or at 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.  

For cruise schedule inforrmation please click here

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Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Jetty 1A, Havelock Marina, Marlborough

Phone +64 3 577 9997

Freephone 0800 99 0800 (Within New Zealand)


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