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Marlborough Tour Company

Blenheim, New Zealand
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About Marlborough Tour Company
Since its inception, Marlborough Tour Company has been owned by families born and bred in Marlborough. This long line of family connection to the region and a total commitment to quality service defines us as Marlborough’s premium tour company. In 2018, Marlborough Tour Company added to its existing tours and cruises by acquiring two well-known Marlborough Sounds lodges, Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove, which are both located on the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track. This was followed by the purchase of Cougar Line, Picton’s long-time water transportation company that has had the important job of bringing people and delivering freight to all corners of Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui for nearly three decades. And, most recently, the company purchased Pelorus Mail Boat operating out of Havelock. Offering one of the most unique cruises in the country, the Mail Boat has been operating in the Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere since 1918.
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Steven wrote a review Jul 2021
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Excellent tour and highly recommended. We were lucky, clear blue sky, warm and not windy in the middle of Winter. Great experience especially with the Seafood Odyssey tour. Reception staff (Summer) and our tour guide ( Claire) was exceptionally helpful. Good communication skill, friendly and very professional during the whole tour. All of us ( four) had a fantastic half day out. The sight seeing was exceptionally good on a clear day, The seafood provided by the tour company was fresh, tasty and finish off with a glass of local wine, Yammm....... .
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Pip wrote a review Jul 2021
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Excellent day out. Everything taken care of. Lovely day on the sounds and time to explore Ships Cove. Our winery lunch was beautiful and we really enjoyed the personalised wine tour where we got to experience some wineries and wines we normally wouldn’t have discovered if we did it on our own. Phil was very thoughtful and even offered to call into a supermarket on our way home to get supplies for the night as we were staying out of town. Highly recommended for a great day out.
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ErinjCaswell wrote a review Jun 2021
Balclutha, New Zealand20 contributions12 helpful votes
What a fantastic afternoon. Our tour guide Stephen was so knowledgeable and flexible, able to think on his feet when one of the wineries was closed and even let us stay later then planned at the last stop to taste some of the cheeses. The company was great to accommodate us by picking us up at the train station, even though our train arrived later then the planned start of the tour. They also last minute accommodated two other train passengers who had via conversations with us decided they would also like to join in the tour if there was room. We all has a fantastic afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the the tour. Would recommend to anyone with limited time in Picton or Blenhiem who enjoys wine!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hi ErinjCaswell, thank you so much for your amazing review, in particular your lovely feedback for Stephen. We're so pleased to hear that the tour was a success despite the late train and that there was room for new-found friends - what a great way to enjoy your time here in Marlborough. We hope you'll be back to see us again!
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Dotskee52 wrote a review May 2021
Invercargill, New Zealand35 contributions4 helpful votes
John our Skipper and Heather our Bosun were very professional. It was difficult to find the departure point to begin with as Pier C was not well signposted. There needs to be bigger signage and flags put out so that clients can find it easily. The trip itself was fantastic and John pointed out all the landmarks around us. He navigated us through the mussel farms, and then Heather cooked up the mussels. Not that I eat them, but those who did said they were delicious and also plentiful. She also provided bread with oil and Dukka, and a glass of wine for each of us. It was great that the weather was excellent too. All in all a great day.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from MTCExperiences T, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hi Dotskee52, thank you for your great review. It's great to hear you had an enjoyable cruise with John and Heather, and that the mussels were enjoyed by members of your party - and that there was also something for you to enjoy. Thank you for providing feedback about our signage - we have taken that onboard and will use it to improve going forward.
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Kiwi5 wrote a review Apr 2021
New Zealand187 contributions16 helpful votes
From the moment we stepped onboard we were welcomed and looked after by Summer and Skipper. Lucky enough to see a seal devouring a large salmon, we also saw a large pod of dolphins and spent some time with them following the boat and putting on an aerial display, at no time did we feel that there was a schedule, rather plenty of time to experience what the sounds offered. Both staff were informative and genuinely keen for us to enjoy the day. The bread and dip was great and there were more mussels and clams than we could eat. The final treat was some excellent salmon ( not the one the seal was eating) expertly cooked by Skipper. Thank you for a lovely day.
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Response from Jet10124306390, Manager at Marlborough Tour Company
Responded 21 Apr 2021
Hi Kiwi5, your review is fantastic, thank you so much. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the cruise so much - we absolutely love being able to take the time to share the very best of the stunning Sounds, and our beautiful seafood, with our guests. We enjoyed hosting you and hope you'll come back soon.
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