• Tarquin back deck
  • Marlborough wine
  • Greenshell mussels


MV Tarquin is owned and operated by Marlborough Tour Company, based in Blenheim

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.

Having realised there was a need for a high quality luxury cruising charter launch in the Marlborough Sounds, they purchased Tarquin from an Australian owner and spent three months refitting her in a modern, understated style.



Tarquin is a 20 metre luxury launch available for half-day or day cruises, or overnight cruises of the Marlborough Sounds.

Recently refurbished, Tarquin is generously appointed and fully equipped. Relax and unwind with inside and outside lounge and dining areas, sun deck, gallery kitchen and three ensuited private cabins. See boat layout.

Cruising Tarquin

Cruise the hours or days away, relax and immerse yourself in the scenery, try some of the many activities, learn the history, and enjoy the stories.

Choose from half-day and day cruises, and overnight cruising packages. All cruise prices include private launch charter, private crew and a range of activities. Overnight cruise prices include all meals and beverages and an onboard chef.

Depart from Picton Marina, or enquire about collection from another Marlborough Sounds location.



There are a wide range of activities you can take part in throughout the Marlborough Sounds while aboard the Tarquin:

  • relax & unwind onboard
  • take in the scenery
  • go on a guided bush walk
  • visit a salmon or mussel farm & learn about the aquaculture
  • swim on a white sandy beach or off the boat
  • go fishing
  • encounter marine animals, wildlife & birdlife
  • head out in a kayak
  • visit historic & ecological sites
  • take a guided bike trip
  • masterfood class with onboard chef
  • enjoy chef-prepared gourmet meals, accompanied by local wines
  • visit local resorts for a coffee, animal park visit or massage.

All activities are accompanied by great hospitality and stunning scenery. 

Some activities may incur an additional charge.

Dining on Tarquin

Gourmet food on Tarquin is provided by top quality chefs at Essence Events, with a passion for local food and produce.