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Marlborough Sounds Cruising

12 January 2012


Scallop, perhaps the most sought after of all shellfish, is derived from the Old French ‘Escalope’ which means shell. Have you ever thought about combining scallops and cruising in our own stunning Queen Charlotte Sound, with the opportunity to catch your own each day? ….. Affinity Cruises offer this amazing experience on their 2 Night / 3 Day Waitangi Weekend Marlborough Sounds Cruise departing 4 February 2012.

Your method of daily scallop harvesting on this cruise will be by dredge, and if time allows you will also spend time casting a rod and trying your luck at catching Blue Cod, Groper or other species in the waters of this pristine area. There's nothing like eating fresh seafood caught by your own hands! As a daily limit of 50 scallops is allowed for all those participating in the scallop dredging, you will enjoy some of the scallops prepared fresh from the sea on board, with the remainder of your daily catch being bagged, named and frozen to enable you to take them home with you.

This 2 Night / 3 Day cruise has a special deal of $650.00 per person twin share and includes all meals, accommodation, other activities, and of course the highlight of the cruise, your scallop catch.

The other highlights of this cruise include: A visit to Motuara Island – a bird Sanctuary Island where Robins, Tuis, Kiwis, Bellbirds and Kakariki live. You may hear the birdsong and also look out for the rare South Island Saddleback as you walk along. Go ashore at Ship Cove and visit the site where English explorer Captain James Cook made his home in the early 1770's. Here you will find information panels explaining early Maori and European occupation and a monument to honour Captain Cook. You can also visit the fish sanctuary at Double Cove and take part in a wonderful experience of feeding the tame fish - but mostly on this cruise you will experience the beauty and tranquility of the Marlborough Sounds as you leisurely cruise through the hidden bays and coves.

AScallop Dredgingll walks are optional, and you may wish to stay onboard and relax or take a shorter walk option that would suit you better. The Marlborough Sounds have many different walking tracks through out the 1500km’s of shore line. Many of the tracks wind along the waters edge and venture through regenerated native bush and as Marlborough is one of New Zealand’s sunniest province’s where good food, good wine and great scenery come hand in hand, it is the ideal place to spend some time. So whether it be flat on your back soaking up the sun, stretching your legs on one of the many walking tracks or hauling in your catch for the evening’s dinner, Affinity cruises has something for everybody. The advantage of cruising aboard Affinity is that your accommodation follows you and is there at the end of your days walk with a hot shower and your same bed / cabin - with all your meals prepared for you.

Affinity Cruises have designed their itineraries to keep in mind what their passengers have wanted, interesting and flexible, special requests to visit areas of importance to passengers, no rushing but taking time to take in the atmosphere of the surroundings and good kiwi food just like mum used to make.

For more details and availability on the Waitangi Weekend Marlborough Sounds 2night/3day Cruise call the friendly team at McIntosh Travel.

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