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Driftwood Ecotours Limited

749 Dillons Point Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
64 3 5777 651
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Blenheim
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
Owner description: Driftwood Eco-tours is operated by Will Parsons, whose family has farmed in Marlborough since the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We had an absolutely epic day on Driftwood's Bluff Station cycle tour. The host, Will, structured the ride around our abilities. He was happy to drive us (& our gear) up the hills we couldn't be bothered riding up - leaving letting us take it easy or get a bit or a work-out - our choice. This area of NZ... More 

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Renwick, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We had a great afternoon with Will exploring the White Bluffs and learning so much about the history and flora and fauna of Marlborough. Lots of information passed on in a casual and easily understandable fashion meant that everyone took something away from the trip. A great company and we look forward to doing a kayak trip next time.

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

This was a great trip and a really good to show others from Marlborough what we have on our back door. Thanks for taking so much interest and it's great to share the Marlborough story. More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

My 10 year old daughter & I had a wonderful experience on this trip. Will & Rose are amazing hosts. We were really keen to kayak and it took a while for the conditions to be right for this but it was well worth the wait. Will was incredibly knowledgable and had a really gentle touch in terms of determining... More 

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

This was a most rewarding tour for us all as the weather dictated when we were going to go. I admired the resilience of this mother and daughter and we finally nailed it after a week of stop go, stop go and in the end richly rewarded with plenty of bird life and a beautifully calm morning. Thank you for... More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We spend a great 2 hours kayaking on the Opawa River with our nice tourguide Will! The landscape is beautiful and Will told us a lot about the birdlife and the New Zealand history (which was very interesting for us as we are from Germany)! It was my first time kayaking on a river but that was not a Problem... More 

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

It's always a pleasure to take out young, keen clients who want to learn about our environment and enjoy kayaking in this amazing place. Thank you for your comments. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a really neat trip to do even if you are a local and think you know the area. This gives you a different view and is just a fun but relaxing way to see areas of the river that you may not see otherwise. It's very safe and would be a fun thing to do as a family... More 

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

This was a tour for nature photographers who love the outdoors and the wildlife in it. The weather gods were against us however we had some fun and whatever the conditions are like it's still a area to appreciate. Thank you for your comments; we always endeavour to make it an enjoyable experience. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

While staying at Rose and Will's beautiful accommodation decided to do an outing with Will. His local knowledge is superb and his access to special places made this a really memorable day. Will provided morning tea with his own very yum baking at a beautiful spot on the Wairau Estuary way off the beaten track. He opened a very door... More 

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

It is such a special place, we are very fortunate to have the permission for access by the land owners. Hope we meet you again and thank you for choosing Driftwood Eco-Tours, Will. More 

Marlborough Region, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Loved the whole experience, what a totally different perspective of the river it is going out in the kayaks enabled us!! A warm welcome by all at Driftwood Ecotours, and Vix, Will & Rose's wee mascot dog is delightful. I'm not a swimmer and must admit was a little apprehensive, but felt totally safe and stable in the kayaks, and... More 

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

It was a pleasure to share our little piece of paradise with you Karen, I see you got some good shots! Will. More 

Bath, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Will, Rose and Vix the jack russell met us off our flight into Blenheim airport and then a highlight of our New Zealand tour really took off. Will and Vix took us kayaking on the Opawa river which is a 20 second walk through a gate at Driftwood. We aren't birdwatchers but we did see some impressive birds - especially... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We really enjoyed having you to stay for 3 nights in our Retreat and been able to visit some unique places in Marlborough. We hope you may visit us again. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We did the kayak tour on the Opawa River. The birdlife was amazing, spoonbills, turns shags etc. Will was a terrific guide and very knowledgeable on the birds and history of the area. I was worried that I might not be up for the kayaking. No problem it was easy and gentle for all ages and abilities. I'm coming back... More 

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

We decided that more people need to know there backdoor better and so ran some tours on the Opawa river called 'Meet the spoonbill' and as a result met many wonderful new friends. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this experience and look forward to seeing you again. Thank you. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited Driftwood Ecotours with my young son, and had a great time. There's so much of interest on the property and Will & Rose made me feel really welcome. Even got to see a young lamb 2 hours old! The Eco in the name really means something too. Will & Rose are taking great steps in caring for their stunning... More 

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

Thank you for your positive review of our property. To have a father and son participate in feeding our alpacas, seeing our lambs and walk the wetland is always a joy to share and we all learn something from the experience. More 

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