Kimberly and Milo Coldren, Gourmet Sailing hosts


All Gourmet Sailing trips can be fully catered, with a menu designed by our chef, prepared and served to you by your stewardess — you won't have to lift a finger! We are happy to accomodate special dietary requirements or prepare unique treats for special ocassions. Whether it's a harbour cruise with drinks and nibbles for a large party, or a fully catered multi-day family holiday — we've got it covered!

Below are some examples from our menus — however please discuss options with us when you book. We make sure to use the freshest local ingredients, so availability varies between seasons.

  • Seafood platter on the beach
  • Platter with stewardess
  • Cheese platter
  • Seafood platter on the beach


Gourmet Sailing's famous platters showcase the region's finest ingredients.

Tasman Bay Seafood Platter

A selection of fresh seafood straight from the bay. Home smoked fresh salmon, marinated prawns, Marlborough green lipped mussels, bacon-wrapped scallops.

Antipasto Platter

A superb array of tasty and colourful home-blended pestos and dips, warm olives, premium salami, prosciutto or honey baked ham.

Gourmet "Trust the Chef" Platter

A selection from all of the above, focussed on what is fresh and fabulous on the day you depart. It’s a surprise!

New Zealand Boutique Cheese Platter

You will be delighted with a selection of artisan cheeses complimented by seasonal fruit, crackers and homemade breads.

  • Canapes
  • Canapes


Served to you by our stewardesses and always created with the freshest of seasonal Nelson ingredients, these bite sized morsels are perfect with a glass of bubbles or an award winning Sprig & Fern beer! A selection of canapés is the perfect way to treat a larger group — whether it be for a staff function or celebration with friends and family.

Crispy Mushroom Cakes

with Tomato & Red Pepper chutney

Beetroot Tart

with French Goat cheese

Fresh Smoked Salmon Mousse on Cucumber

with lemon zest and baby herbs

Smoked Salmon on Blinis

with caper berry & Nori flakes

Sesame Crusted Tuna Loin

with Saffron & Ginger Aioli

Steamed Prawn on Thai Fish cake

with Coriander Pesto & Avocado

Grilled Sweet Chilli & Coriander Prawns

with Lime Aioli

Salmon Teriyaki Skewers

with Wasabi & Ginger Mayonnaise

Garlic Crostini

with rocket & rare beef Italian black olive tapenade

Mini Croissants

with mozzarella, tomato and smoky ham

Prosciutto & Rock Melon

on baked Olive bread crouton, with Rocket Pesto

Seared Lamb fillet on mini Corn fritter

with sun dried Tomato & Olive chutney



Cheese Platter

Boutique cheeses, fruit and homemade country bread.


Focaccia Sandwich

filled with crispy bacon, avocado, tomato, brie and roasted garlic aioli with fresh green salad.

Herb Roasted Chicken

with chutney, warm ciabatta, and a delicious hearty salad.

Seared Fresh Salmon

on crisp greens, capsicum, cucumber, carrot, sprouts tossed with glace noodles in a sweet ginger sesame dressing.

Orange Scented Crispy Duck

on mixed greens & fresh summer vegetables.


Luscious Chocolate Cake

with mascarpone cream and rosewater poached berries.

Orange Cake (GF)

drizzled with sticky ginger sauce & fresh cream.


Watch the sun set over the ocean as you enjoy a delicious three-course dinner while anchored in a calm bay — a truely unique dining experience!



Scallop and asparagus.


Light seafood saffron with fresh herbs.

Salmon Cakes

with basil mayo & crunchy slaw salad.


Crispy Skin Confit Duck Thigh

on kumara & ginger mash with bok choy, glaze and orange puree.

Wild Venison

with puttanesca sauce, green pea risotto & bok choy.

Pan-seared Salmon Fillet

with roast vegetable, feta and rocket salad, caper berries and beetroot jam.


Lemon Posset

with rosewater poached berries & vanilla almond biscotti.

Orange & Rosewater Cake

with yoghurt and berries.

Chocolate Cake

with fresh strawberries & cream.

  • Sprig & Fern beer
  • Glasses of wine on yacht deck
  • Pineapple juice
  • Sprig & Fern beer


The Nelson and Marlborough regions are renowned for their vineyards, with a climate and terrain that produces internationally acclaimed wines. These hand-selected wines exemplify true varietal character and proudly display the Nelson region’s unique style. Gourmet Sailing also stocks award-winning beers from local brewery Sprig & Fern.*


Milcrest Riesling
Milcrest Pinot Gris
Milcrest Sauvingnon Blanc
Milcrest Reserve Chardonnay
Milcrest Pinot Noir
Milcrest Syrah
Marlborough or Nelson Sparkling
Seifried’s ‘Sweet Agnes’ Riesling (dessert)

Other wines available on request


A selection of Eddyline craft beers


Premium Light (2%)

Freshly roasted coffee and a selection of teas served at no charge.

Juices and non-alcoholic beverages always available.

* All alcoholic beverages are subject to availability; please check with us when you book if you would like something in particular.

Nelson Charters Ltd.
PO Box 438, Nelson, 7040, New Zealand.
Phone: +64 3 546 9700
NZ Freephone: 0800 546 970