Discover the Magic of Marlborough

At Sounds Connection, we’re the leading provider of quality tours in Marlborough, New Zealand.

Now operating for over 20 years, Sounds Connection was established by Mark and Maria Baxter in 1993 and remains a family-owned business based in the heart of Marlborough.

Our experienced, local tour guides have a passion for what the Marlborough region has to offer and love sharing their little slice of paradise with you.

Marlborough offers a wide range of activities for families, groups and the independent traveller – there really is an adventure for everyone. Whether you want to spend time fishing, strolling on the breathtakingly beautiful Queen Charlotte Track, touring the world-class wineries, or cruising in the Queen Charlotte Sound, it’s all right here. In fact, it’s so good you may never want to leave!

Why Choose Us


Flexible & Fun

We offer you the flexibility of daily options or the choice of a bespoke tour. Check out our diverse range of experiences to showcase the best of Marlborough. See Marlborough through our eyes, your way! learn more

Professional & passionate

Combine a top class fleet of vehicles and boats, good organisation that comes from over 20 years in business, with a passion for sharing Marlborough with you and we know you'll appreciate the difference! learn more

Knowledgeable & Connected

Our local, experienced guides never tire of sharing their slice of paradise with you! Our strong partnerships with accommodation providers and tourist attraction operators means we can work collaboratively to create magical memories for you! learn more



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What Customers Say


  • “I cannot thank you enough for making our day out with you to the Sounds last Wednesday so memorable, and for the bus service on the Thursday to the car museum. Your driver gave a fascinating run-down on the route, and the Tory was exactly right for our group of twelve. Mark showed what a true Kiwi is all about with his friendliness and expertise; how he caught that fish in his hands was quite remarkable. All in all your Sounds experience was the highlight of our little tour of the Blenheim region, which we genuinely appreciated.”
    Bernard
    Group Tour (with transfer, wine tour & fishing all in one)
  • "We had a great day on the Gourmet Wine Experience! Memorable for the excellent lunch, the wines and the stories behind them. Our guide was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the area, the wineries, and the history of winemaking in Marlborough."
    Stephanie & Peter Campbell-Smith
    Gourmet Wine Experience
  • “There are many wine tour operators to choose from but we selected Sounds Connection on the advice of our B&B hostess. They were great – A+ service all the way from picking us up & dropping off at our B&B, to our friendly & knowledgeable driver to the manager who ordered a birthday brownie with candles for my boyfriend’s New Year’s Eve birthday lunch. They stopped at great boutique hotels and we loved our lunch at Allan Scott wine > best food we had our entire trip.”  
    Doghouzz
    Half Day Wine Tour
  • “All the way from Houston, Texas, we were greeted promptly for our all day adventure. [Our guide] chose great vineyards...large ones, small ones, family owned, and organic. We went to 3 vineyards and then had lunch at the Allan Scott winery at their Twelve Trees restaurant...it was phenomenal. We picked up some more couples after lunch and toured 4 more wineries and a chocolate factory. Great day, great service, great people, great time! Highly recommend Sam and Sounds Connection.”
    Vufish418
    Full Day Wine Tour
  • “What a day! This was one of the best days we have ever had as a family. The Marlborough Sounds are one of New Zealand’s best holiday spots and Mark is so knowledgeable and so willing to share this knowledge. We caught so many fish and so many different varieties including an octopus! (He had to go back). After the most amazing day out on the water Mark filleted our fish for us. I would recommend this to everyone who wants a day or even a few hours of unforgettable fishing.”
    Bernadette
    Fishing Charter
  • “A quick note to say thanks to you and Capt Mark (& First Mate Hamish) for a fantastic day on the water. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience of fishing with the extra bonus of seeing birds, seals and dolphins.”
    Liz Young
    Fishing Charter
  • “My mother and I both really enjoyed our private tour back in November. It was a real pleasure working with you and the other office staff to get this tour together... I wish every company in every tourist destination was as attentive and professional as you and your colleagues.”
    Lauren
    Private Tour
  • “We both agreed that the day in Marlborough doing the wineries was amongst the highlights and we continue to sing your praises at every chance we get. Thanks again for an awesome, informative day.”
    Rich and Leanne Martin
    Private Tour
  • “I just wanted to say how efficient the service was shipping us around in the weekend – the drivers were more than happy to accommodate us and turn up the music, give us some sight-seeing etc. It all went very smoothly... Many thanks again, we will use your service again in the future.”
    Chrissy
    Wine Festival Transport
  • "I would rate this tour as absolute value for money, and my choice of another trip with the Sounds Connection team was the highlight of my visit to Marlborough."
    Barry, from Perth
    Half Day Wine Tour

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