Green-Shell Mussel Cruise
Duration: 4 1/2 hours
Tour Code: PIC-005
Sail a catamaran around the breathtaking sounds surrounding Havelock, the "Green-shell Mussel Capital of the World," and then sample the tasty mollusks at a mussel farm.
Depart from the pier and begin a picturesque journey due west along Par Road, known as the Golden Mile in regards to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Along the way to the tiny seaside town of Havelock, you'll pass native forests, lovely bays, secluded beaches and coastal plains, a lovely prelude to your arrival at Havelock Marina.
After boarding a catamaran at the marina, you'll set-off on a scenic cruise along the main channel of Pelorus Sound and one of its major arms, Kenepuru Sound. Both are part of Marlborough Sounds, a system of river valleys that filled with water during the end of the last ice age, approximately 10,000 years ago. While cruising, you'll learn about the area's history, the hardy pioneers who settled it, and its economically important green-shell mussel industry.
These elongated mollusks bear a distinct greenish color around the outer lip and inside rim. They possess a sweet flavor and tender, juicy texture, which make them extremely popular among gourmands. You'll have the opportunity to taste these succulent mussels at a farm where they're aqua-cultured on a rope suspended in a natural water environment. Your green-shelled mussels will be freshly steamed and paired with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc, another signature product made in the Marlborough region. Afterwards, rejoin your coach and enjoy a relaxing drive back to Picton and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking/standing. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in the tastings of any alcoholic beverages. The sequence of the tour may vary.