Marlborough Tour Company
A family owned and operated New Zealand business, Marlborough Tour Company has been running Marlborough wine tours and scenic Marlborough Sounds cruises for over twenty years.
Owner-operators, Chris and Sue Godsiff, were both born and bred in Marlborough, as were their parents and grandparents before that. This long line of family connection to the region and a total commitment to quality service defines us as Marlborough’s premium tour company.
> Our fantastic local team live and breathe Marlborough and have a strong commitment to quality service – whatever you desire, we can deliver.
> Our extensive fleet of vehicles and vessels for tour and transfer work enables us to confidently meet any need from small private tours through to large group activities, throughout Marlborough and the South Island.
Name changes over time
Over the years our name has changed. We began life as ‘Wilderness Express’ in 1993, operating solely from Havelock.
As times changed we opened the Marlborough Travel Centre in Havelock which operated as an information centre and booking agency.
From there we branched out even further operating our own range of tours and cruises under the Wilderness Express umbrella which became Marlborough Travel in 2001..
In 2014 we became ‘Marlborough Tour Company’ – because that’s what we are and what we do. And, we’re pretty to the point like that.
Before tourism, Chris and Sue were mussel farmers in the Pelorus Sound. On arriving back into Havelock marina they would unload mussels to the wharf.
This created quite a bit of interest from passing visitors who would ask where the mussels come from, how they were grown and could they go and see the farms. Chris would reply that they could indeed come and see the farms and that he departed Havelock each morning at 5am, and that was usually the end of the conversation!
After a few of these same conversations it was obvious that people were interested in where seafood comes from and how it is grown. And, a tourism idea was born.
After developing a small cruise from Havelock it was evident that we needed a small van to transport visitors from the hotels in Blenheim through to Havelock. The transport side of the company started and everything has grown from there - now having a fleet of cruise vessels, coaches, tour vans and sedans.
We now work with a range of trade partners around the world who help us tell and sell the Marlborough Tour Company story.
Louise Frend and her team represent MTC to the travel trade and knock on the doors of Inbound and wholesale agencies internationally to ensure visitors to New Zealand get to experience Marlborough Tour Company and Tarquin luxury cruises.