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Address: Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-577 7651
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Driftwood Retreat & Eco-tours brings you close to nature in the...

Driftwood Retreat & Eco-tours brings you close to nature in the peaceful Wairau Lagoon, South of Picton. Stay at the cosy eco-lodge by an eight hectare wetland. Book a guided tour by kayak or van into the heart of the nearby lagoon where 92 species of bird has been identified. Hear about the human and natural history of the area by your friendly guide. All tours are complimented with homemade cooking.

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US$65.40*
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2-Hour Royal Spoonbill Tour by Kayak
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US$159.86*
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Half-Day Wairau Lagoon Tour from Blenheim

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Wonderful Eco-Tour

Will was such a pleasure to be with and learn from on our wetlands tour. We missed meeting Rose as I had corresponded with her several times prior to our visit to explore options... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lacey, Washington
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Lacey, Washington
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Will was such a pleasure to be with and learn from on our wetlands tour. We missed meeting Rose as I had corresponded with her several times prior to our visit to explore options but she was needed elsewhere. Will exceeded our expectations of the exploration of the wetlands sharing his knowledge and expertise of the area. He also met... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour with Will. Will enjoyed meeting you both and sharing his love of Marlborough. We hope you will come again! Kind regards Rose. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Will opened up a whole new world hiding behind the state highway. My elderly mother and I enjoyed a very interesting and informative tour via the van to the Lagoons through the Vernon sheep farm. Highly recommended for locals as well as visitors.

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, it was a great pleasure, hope we see you again, Cheers Will More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I spent 2 nights travelling with 2 friends . The accommodation was beautiful and spacious !! Will and Rosa were wonderful hosts ! Will gave us great suggestions of yummy places to eat and offered us transport into town if required. He gave us a contact for a half day wine tour which was fantastic !! A very enjoyable experience... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The delightful box shaped cottage at Driftwood was beautiful to be in. Floor to ceiling windows brought the estuary and wildlife almost into the rooms. The decor is simple and graceful and the hosts friendly. Will helped us organise day trips and recommended great places to eat. We felt very welcome. There is so much to do in the area.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Driftwood retreat for a couple of nights and it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Both Rose and Will are wonderful hosts! Rose's muffins and signature Apple spice cake were marvelous! Last but not least, the Eco-tour was worth every penny. We went kayaking down the river with Will as our guide, who has so much... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Dear Scott and Selena, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We loved meeting you and your family and hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. We would definitely love to see you again. Cheers Will and Rose. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Fantastic kayak with Will on the river to see spoonbills. Perfect weather, perfect company and prolific bird life. The spoonbills were beautiful. Thanks Will for a memorable morning on the river.

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Dear Mary, thank you for taking the time to review your tour with us. It is always a pleasure to share our love of nature with like minded people. Hope we see you again, Cheers Will. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

My husband and I run a bed and breakfast in Blenheim and we are always looking for fabulous things for our guests to do, especially if they are staying three nights. This is perfect. Really good for all ages and abilities, no-one will feel left behind but challenging enough for the more adventurous. Will's local knowledge is amazing an so... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The scenery and colours were awesome. Will's driving and very informative and amusing narrative was wonderful and the depth of his knowledge amazing. The food was excellent and abundant and the weather just glorious. A great way to get away from life's stresses and enjoy the vast open spaces and the incredible silence broken only by the occasional beautiful birdsong.

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Thank rmiddlemiss
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

This was enjoyable tour with a lovely group of people through a very special part of New Zealand. I'm so glad you found Molesworth a place of interest and beauty and we hope to see you again. Thank you for your comments. More 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

We enjoyed the homely accommodation with home made bread, local fresh fruit and yoghurt. The cooked breakfast was wonderful! Thanks to the generosity and hospitality of the owners Will and Rose we experienced the serenity of the estuary with a gentle two hour kayak tour, the joy of a walk in clean fresh air and the entertainment of new puppies!... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

We had the most fantastic afternoon on the lagoon with Will! He had a world of knowledge about the environment we were in, and the history of Marlborough. We paddled out to a point where we came across a flock of Spoonbills, a delight to see in their habitat. We stopped soon after for a cuppa and delicious muffin, and... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

This is a very special environment that we like to share with our visitors so that they to can realize the importance of protection, habitat enhancement and the beauty of the wildlife. Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you and your friends again. More 

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