News & Media
The latest news and media items on Marlborough Tour Company and Marlborough
Chinese celebrity visit - Ben starring alongside chef Al Brown
13 June 2017
A recent visit from Chinese celebrity Shu Qiao with Tourism New Zealand saw her sampling the wonderful food and wine Marlborough boasts. Our own Ben (onboard Tarquin with Shu Qiao) stars in her video alongside chef Al Brown - from 2:10 onwards: www.newzealand.com/cn/feature/shuqiao/
Also check out the Stuff article on the Chinese campaign Ms Shu will feature in.
Seafood Odyssea Cruise on 'unforgettable' list - Megan Singleton, Skyscanner
17 May 2017
Megan Singleton from Skyscanner visited in March and has just produced a blog with a suggested 4 day travel guide for and unforgettable Marlborough visit. Our 3 hour Seafood Odyssea Cruise - featuring fresh local seafood paired with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - has made the list. Read more...
Hollywood blockbuster filmed in Marlborough: co-stars fell in love with the place & each other - New Zealand Herald
1 September 2016
The secret is out, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander filmed "The Light Between Oceans" hollywood blockbuster movie at Cape Campbell in South Marlborough last year.
Being released in America this week and New Zealand on 3 November, the film's co-stars were initially sceptical about being on location in such a remote spot. Both gave it a night at Cape Campbell to see how they liked it, and after five days at the beautiful coastal location, neither wanted to leave. And it wasn't just because they became an item onset.
Vikander described her first glimpse of the Marlborough coastline, which was captured on film, as "the most extraordinary sunrise I have ever seen".
The Marlborough Lodge - The Marlborough Express & the Blenheim Sun
23 March 2016
We are excited to announce that Marlborough Tour Company has purchased a lodge near Blenheim in Marlborough that will be extensively refurbished and will open on 1 October as 'The Marlborough Lodge' - a luxury lodge set on 6.5 hectares of parkland and vineyards offering, 10 well appointed suites and gourmet dining with a team of chefs.
Read the full article in The Marlborough Express.
Read the full article in The Blenheim Sun below:
Tarquin cruise "a must" - Quest Magazine
2 February 2016
Check out Tarquin featured in Quest magazine - the luxury magazine for world travellers - citing a Tarquin cruise as "a must" for an authentic exploration of the Marlborough Sounds. Read full article...
Huang Lei, Chinese mega-star - Voyage & Cosmopolitan magazines
7 December 2015
A glamous fashion spread in a Comopolitan magazine supplement featured a number of photographs taken on Tarquin:
And, the couple's Marlborough visit was also photographed by Voyage Magazine:
Our own MV Tarquin stars in Tourism New Zealand video
25 October 2015
Our own MV Tarquin luxury launch features in this gorgeous Tourism New Zealand video starring an Australian couple from We Are Handsome swimwear visiting Marlborough for creative inspiration. Onboard Tarquin they see dolphins and enjoy Marlborough wine and seafood, while being inspired by the beautiful scenery. Watch video...
The scarf created from a shot the couple too during their trip is quintinessential Marlborough Sounds...
24 September 2015
Marlborough Tour Company has won funding from the New Horizon Fund offered by Christchurch Airport to tap into the growing Chinese tourism market. Read more...
21 September 2015
15 September 2015
Travel Nation blogger Jess Jenkins recently toured from Christchurch to Auckland exploring luxury gourmet along the way. Marlborough and the Marlborough Sounds got a good look in, including Jess heading out on the Seafood Odyssea. See full blog...
25 August 2015
Prestigious US-based luxury tour operator Ker & Downey recently visited New Zealand and enjoyed cruising the Marlborough Sounds aboard our own luxury launch Tarquin so much that they've named it in their Top 10 Bucket List of things to do in New Zealand. See full Bucket List...
Tarquin in Luxury Magazine
17 June 2015
Our launch Tarquin has made it into uber-luxe Luxury Magazine.
16 April 2015
Marlborough Tour Company's Godsiff family and company luxury launch Tarquin are featured in the Marlborough Express.
Originally mussel farmers, Chris says people thought they were barmy, giving up a stable primary industry to get into a fledging industry like tourism. He says they all laughed and said no-one would come, what was here to see?
Now, 20 year later, he gets to have the last laugh with a thriving business recently renamed Marlborough Tour Company, specialising in seafood cruises and wine tours, and with an impressive fleet of cars, vans, buses and boats providing entertainment for private and corporate guests from New Zealand and across the globe.
According to Chris, the business has just sort of grown by itself over the years; he describes the Godsiff business style as "mostly seat of the pants stuff" with a big dose of hard work and fantastic customer service.
Chris has always been inspired by self-made people and has often modelled himself on them. He says that anything new in the business is usually a result of him being bored and wanting a new project.Chris' latest project is probably the biggest gamble of all; MV Tarquin is a 20-metre luxury launch with three ensuited rooms aimed at the high-end day cruise and overnight cruise market. He says the boat supplements the cruises they already offer in the Marlborough Sounds, but this is the first time they've got into accommodation.
8 April 2015
Alexia Santamaria takes a foodie journey through Marlborough, including indulging in our Greenshell Mussel Cruise:
"Marlborough is the perfect place to farm mussels; cold temperatures, unique nutrient composition and rapid fluctuation of tides. We saw this first-hand on Marlborough Travel's Mussel Cruise. This involved three hours on a boat cruising the serene Marlborough Sounds and visiting mussel beds, eating freshly harvested mussels and drinking local wine.
Our skipper - the son of one of the four founding mussel families in Marlborough - even lifted up one of the one-tonne longlines so we could see the growth in action."
22 June 2014
Rachel Grunwell from the The New Zealand Herald enjoys an escape to Marlborough for the weekend:
"There's so much to see and savour in Marlborough. I managed to fit in a vineyard run, a cruise to glimpse wildlife and see salmon flipping out of the water on a salmon farm in Queen Charlotte Sound, and of course, relish the fine food and wine the area is renowned for.
I'm on the Odyssea launch, bubbles in hand, looking out over the sparkling, aqua-coloured waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound. As the giant double-decker luxury boat pulls up to the salmon and mussel farms, everyone starts to get excited. Not about the seafood but about a group of seals in the sea with their flippers waving out of the water." Read more.
Ben shares his highlights for wine, food and rugged natural beauty with Delicious Magazine:
""Dad sold the dairy business in 1985 and planted grapes in 1988 - that's when I got the bug." Read more.
Drink It In - The Globe & Mail (Toronto)
Kat Tancock writes about her trip along the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail from Hawke's Bay to Marlborough:
"As I chat with the clearly knowledgeable and passionate staff, I recall the words of Steve Smith: "Terroir is more than just soil and climate. The third factor is the people." Judging from what I've seen, New Zealand has an abundance of all three." Read more.