Katabatic Charters

Specialising in tailor-made cruising, sightseeing, fishing and overnight charters.

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Katabatic Charters specialising in tailor-made cruising, sightseeing, fishing and overnight charters in the Marlborough Sounds. A cruise on Katabatic should be a Marlborough Sounds bucket list experience.

Katabatic is Grant Orchard’s legacy from his father and steeped in history. When you step aboard you will be briefed on all safety features, lifesaving appliances and the boats amenities. Walking into the wheelhouse where the story of Katabatic begins!

Like all wooden boats, the tale of Katabatic is romantic. She was to be Grant's father’s swan-song, a fast, comfortable vessel in which to enjoy the Sounds and surrounding waters of the Marlborough region. 

Grant knows Marlborough, he will give you a personalized and unique experience. You will cruise through the labyrinth of the Sounds with as little or as much historical and interesting commentary as you like. Grant can take you to gorgeous places like Double Cove to feed the fish, Ruakaka to view where the Salmon grow, Hitaua Bay to fetch some fresh Mussels off the farm or maybe across the bay to pluck some Pāua from the sea floor!

The possibilities are truly endless. Being a Chef by trade and having the boat set up as it is lends its self to showcasing all the specialty products that Marlborough has to offer. From Cranky Goat cheeses to local cold pressed Olive oil and preserves. Home baked bread is what meals are built around. Grant has his very own sourdough culture which has been powering up delicious loaves since 2014. Meals on board can be accompanied by Marlborough’s award-winning wines with purchasing and BYO options available.

Activities can range from hiking, mountain biking, fishing, marine and wildlife spotting and more. After a magic day onboard, you will leave Katabatic wanting to go and do it all over again!

  • Fishing gear
  • comfy/cozy salon
  • unequaled water views
  • romantic story
  • history
  • Full or half day charters
  • Transport / Water taxi service
  • Overnight trips available
As products/offers may change without notice please contact this business for any queries related to their compliance with New Zealand’s Health and Safety and regulatory requirements.
Postal Address
Jetty 8, Berth 4. Picton Marina.
Jetty 8, Berth 4. Picton Marina.
021 654 267
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