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Driftwood Ecotours Limited

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Address: 749 Dillons Point Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 5777 651
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Description: Driftwood Eco-tours is operated by Will Parsons, whose family has farmed...
Driftwood Eco-tours is operated by Will Parsons, whose family has farmed in Marlborough since the 1870s. Will has extensive local knowledge and personal contacts allowing you access to a 2200 hectare wildlife park. Tours are by 4WD vehicle, kayaking or hiking and cater your party exclusively.
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Amazing engagement experience!

My partner and I had a private kayaking tour with Will and kayak-scout dog Vix. My now fiancé had secretly arranged with Will and Rose (Will's wife and co-owner) to propose to me... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
JanaB14
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My partner and I had a private kayaking tour with Will and kayak-scout dog Vix. My now fiancé had secretly arranged with Will and Rose (Will's wife and co-owner) to propose to me during the trip. They went out of their way to ensure that everything went smoothly and it was a wonderful way to be proposed to! The weather... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

It was a great privileged to share your special day, we wish you every happiness for your future together. Cheers Will and Rose. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

The weather was cloudy and calm thank goodness. Good instruction from Will, helped Nola and I get underway. Nola (Captain) steered the Kayak as though she had done this many times before and amid the usual laughter and fun between great friends we enjoyed the whole experience. Spoonbills close up, kingfishers, terns, gulls, shags and many more to view. Thanks... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

The weather prior to this tour had been very windy so when our 1st time kayakers turned up we made sure that they felt comfortable with the kayak and the environment. The day just seemed to get better with lot's of wildlife as we made our way down the river and it gave us much joy to share this special... More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

For me the 3hr kayak in the Wairau Lagoon was all about serenity, adventure, birdlife, ecology, local history, environment related issues and the awesome owners Will and Rose Parsons of Driftwood Ecotours Ltd. I had a lifetime dislike and fear of small boats and being surrounded by water. On meeting Will and Rose and discussing my fears with them plus... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are very glad that you overcame your fear as we put a lot of work into making our customers feel safe and comfortable with their kayak. Hope we meet you again soon. Cheers More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fantastic hours on the river and out in the wetlands! Interesting and relaxing ...just an other world! Thank you very much, Rose and Will, for your hospitality and for sharing your time and your "wonderland" with us! Unforgettable! Hope to come back once...

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We really enjoyed your company on tour and look forward to meeting your family again and to meet our new guide dog Gus, next time you visit New Zealand . More 

Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A very informative and relaxed kayaking tour with nobody else but us to admire the beautiful landscapes and wild birds. Will is a very patient, knowledgeable and passionate guide, who can also cook : perfect combination to fully enjoy an excursion which I would have loved to extend !

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review Camille, we love sharing and our rivers and wetlands are a pleasure to share. Hope we see you back again one day with your family, Cheers Rose and Will. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The welcome to Ecotours is very relaxed and friendly. The set up with kayaks and briefing is very informative and the river is very safe to paddle. You feel miles away from the city once you are on the water, this is a don't miss experience.

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

Hi Clare, thank you for joining us on the river, so glad you enjoyed your time with us! Come again... Rose and Will More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A serene experience on a calm day paddling down the Opawa with the outgoing tide and paddling back again with the incoming tide.Will Parsons has a wealth of historical knowledge and a depth of appreciation of his environment which he passes to his fellow paddlers with great enthusiasm.We only had a taste but will be eager to go out on... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Manager at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

This was a birthday present 'Meet the spoonbill tour' which we finally succeeded in implementing and what fun it was. This couple were a delight to share our environment with and would be welcome again anytime. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Great trip exploring parts of the river system not seen before. Will is a very good guide and knowledgeable on the points of interest, A very interesting afternoon.

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

This was a fascinating tour with some local historians and those who wanted to share and contribute to this environment. It's always encouraging to see locals wanting to enjoy and appreciate so thank you for your review. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I was told the only option available for me was the 4 hour tour so even though it was priced extremely high compared to the other kayak venues I had used in the Able Tasman I decided to get out of the vineyards and go for it. Halfway through I regretted this decision. The website clearly states at your own... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry you did not enjoy your tour with us. We hope that you had a pleasurable holiday in New Zealand. Cheers Will and Rose. More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The Kayak was very stable and I wish I had taken my DSLR camera in the Kayak. The photo opportunities were excellent. If you can pack a longer lens circa 300mm even better. Will's knowledge is vast and he is so enthusiastic. At the same time he is very friendly and supportive. If I get the chance to revisit New... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited, responded to this review

Hi Max, We loved hosting you both. Hope we see you again on a future visit to New Zealand. Cheers Will. More 

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