Our Team

Chris Godsiff

Owner/Director

In the Marlborough touring business for over 20 years, Chris is the font of all knowledge when it comes to the business, and he lives and breathes quality customer service. He is a Queen Scout, the highest award in Scouts, enjoys exploring marinas and dreams of being a dolphin.

Weirdest job ever

Cutting heads off chickens!

Greatest achievement  Our two boys

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

D’Urville Island

Sue Godsiff

Owner

With over 20 years in the Marlborough touring business, Sue knows a thing or two about tours. She keeps the numbers in line along with all the staff, and also keeps things clean around the place – because someone has to! Outside of work she can be found in the garden, on the golf course or on a boat with a fishing line over the side.

Weirdest job

Putting chocolate fish head to tail on a conveyor belt in a lolly factory.

Secret indulgance

Perfume – got to get rid of that fishy smell.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

All of them

Ben Godsiff

Operations Manager

Ben keeps things running smoothly at Marlborough Tour Company and ensures everyone talks the talk. He is mad about boats, so much so that he prefers sleeping on the water to sleeping on land. He is a keen golf player and harbours a secret desire to play on the PGA.

Why Marlborough’s special

The scenery and the people

Greatest achievement

Albatross / Double Eagle

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

MV Tarquin / Overnight packages

 

Ryan Godsiff

Captain & Tour Guide

A gift for the gab makes Ryan a natural as captain and tour guide, he enjoys meeting people from every walk of life, while showing them the delights of Marlborough and loves the fact that no day is ever the same. Outside of work he can be found cooking and glamping, and hanging with “the best dog in the world”.

Why Marlborough’s special

Lack of population and the Marlborough Sounds.

Secret desire

Become a racing car driver

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

The Icons Tour

Scott McKenzie

General Manager

Scott wrangles the whip in the office, but reckons that selling and providing a really unique and fun experience in a really awesome place makes for a happy workplace.

Why Marlborough's special

It's surrounded by wine region, but so close to the Marlborough Sounds for boating, kayaking and fishing, so close to Kaikoura for diving, and so close to native bush, tracks and hunting.

If I was an animal... Dolphin - very cool

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Anything in the Sounds so either Greenshell Mussel cruise or Seafood Odyssea cruise, but for friends and visitors I always put them on Icons Tour as it tours through the Marlborough wine region and the Marlborough Sounds in one day.  

Anne Newman

Accounts Manager

Why Marlborough's special

Having the best of both worlds in being so close to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and in the opposite direction mountains for winter ski-ing. We also often win the top sunshine hours in New Zealand which is an added bonus.

Secret desire

For time to slow down.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Marlborough Icons Tour as it connects with the wineries and the Sounds.

John Beavon

Head Skipper

John and his wife shifted to Marlborough to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and to spend more time at their small holiday home in the Pelorus Sound.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Greenshell Mussel Cruise because skipper and crew are close to our guests and Havelock is a spectacular place to operate fromw ith a wide variety of scenery and very interesting local history, including gold mining, forestry and, of course, greenshell mussel farming.

Matty Pigou

Skipper/Tour Guide

Why Marlborough's special

Being born and bred in Marlborough I am very proud and passionate about the region. Marlborough is such a special place for so many reasons. From the Marlborough sounds to the Vineyards it has everything on offer and so much to see. Everything is really close and being able to experience so much in even just a day is something really special. 

Favourite tour

Marlborough Icons Tour. Definitely a must do, especially if you only have a day in the region. An amazing way to see both sides of what Marlborough has to offer. There are some amazing wineries to visit and to cruise out on the sounds in the same day, enjoying some freash local seafood and wine is spectacular!                           

Georgia White

Vessel Hospitality Manager

Georgia has been with the company for a number of years now and is extremely passionate about life on the water, the people she gets to meet and cheffing on the boats (food makes people happy!).

Why Marlborough's special

Marlborough is special because of all the amazing experiences available to people year-round, the diverse wildlife and the beautiful weather.

Secret desire

To own a little café that specialises in platters and desserts.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

My favourite tour is anything on the boats, but especially our regular group cruises.

Taylor Tian

Manager China & SE Asia

Why Marlborough's special

Freshest seafood, world class wine, stunning sounds scenery, I honestly don’t think there’s another place in the world could offer such a great combo!

Secret desire

Living off the land/sea Ray Mears style.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Jing Cai Seafood Cruise — best way for Chinese visitors to explore Marlborough and its well kept secrets in half a day.

Hamish Baxter-Broad

Skipper & Tour Guide

Hamish is addicted to water and the outdoors, anything in or around it. Sailing, sea and whitewater kayaking, fishing, and driving/maintaining boats. He's always up for a bit of adventuring, even better if it's in the NZ backcountry. 

Why Marlborough's special

Connection with the sounds, 5th generation from here. And the regions history, relaxed pace and scenery. 

Secret desire

To be a steam train driver.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Greenshell Mussel Cruise & Odyssea Twilight Cruise

Lei Tan

Chinese Guiding

Why Marlborough's special

Sunshine and local produce.

Secret desire 

World peace!

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Jing Cai Seafood Cruise

Hamish Beard

Wine Tour Guide

Hamish likes to show off the awesome Marlborough region and calls on his acting genes during his tours, ensuring guests have a great time. Outside of work Hamish throws axes, likes trout fishing and secretly enjoys a daily treat of chocolate.

Weirdest job

Cooking sausages on the BBQ for some naturists on Odyssea. Very delicate situation!

Why Marlborough’s special

The scenery, the weather, the light and - like cream - the community spirit always rises.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Greenshell Mussel Cruisewine and food tours and gourmet food cruises

 

Deborah Henderson

Lead Crew, MV Odyssea

Deborah is a long term Marlborough resident with a passion for travel. She believes that from the mountains to the sea, we have it all in Marlborough.

Secret desire

To visit the churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Anything going to D'Urville Island

Tony Ruffell

Coach Driver & Guide

Tony is passionate about Marlborough and all the fabulous things it showcases, and this comes out in his work as coach driver and guide.

Awarded ‘Tour driver of the Year, New Zealand’ he brings his skills as an actor into play in his work, ensuring his guests are entertained as well as informed during his tours. Outside of work he likes to entertain the fish with a spot of fishing.

Weirdest job  Rope climbing

If I was an animal… Giraffe

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Marlborough Icons Tour

Lexi Henkel Kirk

Vessel Crew

​Lexi came over from Germany in 2004 to travel the country and stayed and is now a proud Kiwi - loving the people, lifestyle and nature. Being a people’s person she has been working in hospitality/tourism for as long as she can remember. She enjoys being on the water and no fish is safe!

Why Marlborough's special

It's in the Centre of the country and sunniest place.. why would you like to be somewhere else?  

Secret desire

An old villa-style cafe/B&B with a colorful rose garden. 

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Marlborough Icons Tour - a taste of everything Marlborough has to offer.

Allan Graham

Tour Guide

Allan has been associated with Marlborough Tours since 2013 and has been involved in most aspects of the driving side . He reckons it has been a great part of his life.

Why Marlborough's special

This part of NZ is the total package - with almost everything to offer from scenery, activities and dedicated people who want to share that with interested visitors.

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

No special favourite. They are all good.

Andrew Fogg

Tour Guide

Alan has lived in Marlborough for 12 years and enjoys the easy-going lifestyle,beautiful scenery and the climate. He enjoys tours both  local and to other south island destinations.

Secret desire

To finish my model railway

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

Marlborough Icons Tour

 

Stephen Russell

Tour Guide

Stephen is a cyclist, wine-lover and mad philosopher. He listens to Bach and Shostakovich, and has an amazing superpower: the ability to make chocolate disappear. 

Why Marlborough's special

Wonderful wine, wonderful weather (especially in winter), and delightful diversity of landscapes including forests, mountains, grasslands, vineyards, and the sounds. 

Secret desire

If I told you that it wouldn't be a secret! But it is no secret that I would love to make the world's most delicious home-made ice cream. 

Favourite Marlborough Tour Company tour

I love doing custom private tours that combine scenery, wine, wilderness walks, museums, gardens, and good food. A little bit of everything!

 

Ray Gauden-Ing

Tour Guide

Ray was born in England but spent his childhood and teenage years in Kenya before joining the Royal Air Force in the UK and eventually migrating to New Zealand flying for Air New Zealand and then Singapore Airlines before retiring to Blenheim. 

Until he came to Marlborough his wine knowledge was limited but, particularly since taking guests round the wineries, it is much improved and getting better. It still has a long way to go and he is learning all the time.

As well as a continued interest in aviation – he is a guide at the Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre – he is involved in the local drama society and Rotary Club.

Why Marlborough's special

The friendly people, the climate, and of course the stunning scenery. 

What I enjoy about being a guide

Meeting interesting people from all round the world and showing them this beautiful country as well as taking them to our wineries.

Favourite winery/vineyard

Any that has good wines.

Norm Wilson

Tour Guide

Why Marlborough's special

Marlborough is Paradise!  This makes it so easy to deliver a special experience to people who chose a tour with Marlborough Tour Company. I love spending a day out with guests on a Private Wine Tour and showing off our wonderful region.