Kimberly and Milo Coldren, Gourmet Sailing hosts


Gourmet Sailing offers fully customisable private yacht charters around Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay and the Marlborough Sounds. Our chef can create a delicious menu for you using fresh local ingredients, or you may choose to self-cater for a discounted rate. (Read more about our catering options). We only offer private charters, which means your group has exclusive use of our yachts, the full attention of our crew and the freedom to plan your own itinerary. Both our yachts have comfortable bedrooms allowing you to fully unwind and enjoy a multi-day trip. (Read more about our yacht specifications).

Nelson yacht harbour cruise

Nelson Harbour Cruises

Relax and enjoy views of sunny Nelson from a new perspective as you cruise around the calm harbour. This cruise is ideal for showing off Nelson to your guests, or for celebrating a special occasion with drinks and nibbles out on the water. Indulge in a full three course dinner while watching the sun set over the ocean. Visit the Nelson lighthouse or Haulashore Island.

"We held our Christmas function with Gourmet Sailing. We couldn't believe the value for money. We were served an amazing four-course meal whilst spending a wonderful four hours cruising around Nelson harbour."Read full review

Gourmet lunch on the beach, Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

A private yacht cruise is the perfect way to explore this stunning New Zealand destination. Anchor at secluded beaches inaccessible by land. The park boasts one of New Zealand's nine 'Great Walks'. Our guests love to take the opportunity to walk sections of the scenic track without the burden of carrying gear or rush to cover a certain distance. Stroll at your leisure; meanwhile your yacht sails to the next bay to meet you. Your stewardess awaits on the beach with cold refreshments and a delicious gourmet lunch prepared for your arrival. Extend your trip and explore the beautiful beaches of Golden Bay.

“We spent each evening in a different quiet anchorage in the Abel Tasman Park. The meals were outstanding and the service impeccable”Read full review

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Marlborough Sounds

Encompassing one-fifth of New Zealand's total coastline, a maze of deep coves and secluded bays fringed by native forests, the Marlborough Sounds is a truely unique area of New Zealand.

"We felt like VIPs. I couldn't recommend this more for a truly wonderful experience in an absolutely stunning scenic part of the world. This experience will be remembered fondly for years and years to come."Read full review

Corporate Charters

Gourmet Sailing specialises in exclusive charters for corporate groups. From a relaxing staff retreat to a more challenging team-building experience, we work with you to tailor the perfect trip to suit your needs.

"We had a staff party on board the luxury boat and it was by far the most memorable dining experience I’ve ever had in New Zealand!"Read full review


Use this calculator to get an estimate of the cost of your trip. Please contact us for a more specific quote including any extras or catering you would like. You are also welcome to self cater. Either way, our crew take care of all serving, preparation and clean up.

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Gourmet Sailing works with a variety of other operators in the Nelson area, please ask us about options to add extras to your trip such as; kayaking, guided walks, cycling, helicopter tours, luxury rental cars, accomodation in local lodges and resorts, and wedding packages.

Abel Tasman National Park helicopter tour

Helicopter Tours

Snow capped mountains, fresh water lakes, golden beaches and crystal clear waters make the top of the South Island a dramatic theatre of breathtaking vistas. Add a tour with Seacoast Helicopters to your sailing adventure and experience the scenery from an exciting different perspective. With an exemplary safety record, years of experience and wealth of local knowledge, pilot Andrew Gillatt provides a completely professional, personalised helicopter service tailored to your requirements.

Rental car and yacht

Luxury Car Rental

Travel the scenic coastal roads of the sunny Nelson region with the top down and let your spectacular holiday begin before you even reach the dock! Rent A Classic offers a selection of luxury convertibles and sports cars so that you can enjoy your journey in comfort and style. They provide a particularly personal service, taking time to familiarise you with your chosen car, and have it delivered to your desired location.

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