Destination

Excursions

Please find a selection of excursions that are available for you to take part in during the conference (on the optional activity afternoon – Wednesday 20 July).
These trips have minimum and maximum numbers, so please book early to ensure you get your place.

Boat CruiseGreenshell Mussel Cruise. (Approx 1-6pm)
Price $165 incl
Enjoy an informative and relaxing afternoon cruising the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of this tranquil environment; learn about the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the pioneering families who have settled here.  Your experienced skipper has a wealth of knowledge about the Marlborough Sounds and the people who live here and his informative commentary will keep you entertained. You will get to visit a Greenshell™ Mussel farm where your skipper will explain the intricacies of growing this delicacy in the Sounds. Learn the history of aquaculture in the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneers who created this industry.
While at the mussel farm your Skipper will serve freshly steamed mussels and a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This is a fabulous wine and food experience in a beautiful part of Marlborough.   
Fresh New Zealand Greenshell Mussels (Perna Canaliculus) are a native New Zealand Shellfish. Found nowhere else in the world, these jade-shelled beauties are cultivated on longlines throughout the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds. They are easily recognised by their vibrant green and gold shell colouring. The plump tender meat is creamy white when the mussel is male and apricot to orange when the mussel is female.
Includes transport and mussels/wine.

Wine Tour. (Approx 1-5.30pm)
Price $75 incl
This exclusive tour of the Nelson Wine Region is extra special.
We will visit three or four wineries in the Nelson region. Sampling wine from the classic grapes grown in New Zealand, with the owners or winemakers from each vineyard.
Includes transport and all tastings.

Micro Brewery Tour. (Approx 1-5.30pm)
Price $75 incl
Prepare yourselves for a fun and informative half day tour taking in four local award winning breweries. You will be able to sample some of the finest naturally brewed beers Nelson has to offer and see behind-the-scenes processes from the raw ingredients to finished product.
Includes transport and all tastings.

Art Tour. (Approx 1-5.30pm)
Price $75 incl
Immerse yourself in the world-class creative centre that is Nelson. Visit top studio potters, a glass gallery, and choose irresistible gifts. We will take you to view original and ingenious art works that will stimulate your imagination and offer the chance to enrich your collection. Art: pottery, paintings, glass, sculptures, dried flowers, ceramics, jewellery, woodturning, and much more.
Includes transportation and any entry costs

Wine and Art Tour. (Approx 1-5.30pm)
Price $75 incl
Can't decide between the wineries and studios? Do it all and appreciate the artistic life of Nelson as your explore studios and wineries - glass, pottery, beads, and woodturning, complemented by breathtaking scenery and award-winning wines.
Includes two wineries and two or three art studios - transportation and any entry costs

 

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