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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
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... more » 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. « less
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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

Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Will and Rose were very caring and attentive organisers of the photography tour with Peter E and TonyPin. Not only was the food superb, but there was too much healthy and delicious choices catering to everyone's special requirements. Locations chosen were fantastic. My only regret was that we had to regularly get up before dawn to be ready and able... More

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

We loved this tour and it was was also a totally new experience for us so to have a review like this encourages us to make the next one even better! More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I organised a group of photographers to travel around the north end of New Zealand's South Island with Driftwood and the service, food and accommodation was excellent. I will be travelling with them again! Thanks Will and Rose!

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Driftwood Tours were excellent in their organisation and preparation for our photography tour. Special dietary needs were superbly catered for and flexability was the key for enthusiastic photographers. Very happy!

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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Just finished a NZ photo tour for 7 days with Will at Driftwood Eco Tours, based at Blenheim. Peter Eastway and Tony Hewitt were the instructors and we all traveled to the top photographic spots in Will's van. Will was extremely helpful and attentive, bringing us morning and afternoon teas at all sorts of extreme locations! His local knowledge was... More

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

This photographers tour for us was a 1st and most enjoyable highlighted by 2 exceptional gurus of Australian photography. We at Driftwood put a lot of work into this and comments like this are most encouraging- thank you . More

Mt Martha, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Read reviews on TA and decided that this was an experience not to be missed. There were 4 of us all from Australia, keen to go kayaking after walking the Queen Charlotte track. Will was an excellent guide, informative, no stress and had great knowledge of local history and ecology. The kayaking was relaxing on inland waters with some good... More

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

We spend alot of time getting to know our clients so when on the water we cater for their skill level to make an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Each tour is so different and it's this that helps us to look for ways to improve and hopefully delight our clients. Thank you for another positive review. More

Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We enjoyed a unique and beautiful kayak experience in the wetlands surrounding Blenheim. Will is a great, friendly guide with deep knowledge of the area and its history. He shares this with lots of enthusiasm. We would highly recommend this tour if you are looking for an 'off the beaten track' experience! Wouter & Marianne (Amsterdam/Sydney)

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New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We had a very entertaining and interesting outing and saw lots of wildlife. Will photography tips much appreciated by myself being a beginner with my camera but got lots of great shots.Will delightful little dog Vix accompanied us enthusiastically and is trained very well not to interfere with the birdlife.We returned at dusk having had a wonderful trip. We will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Will took our party of 8 on a 3-day tour from Murchison up the Rainbow Valley to Hanmer and then back to Blenheim, with Will providing lunches and transport. We had a great time, with Will providing an entertaining and informative commentary on the ecology, geology and history of the area. The Rainbow is a must-see, starting in a forest... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I did a kayaking trip on the river, it was beautiful! We saw lots of birds at close range. The kayaking is very easy since you can go with the current of the tide, therefore you can just enjoy your surrounding. Vix the little dog went kayaking as well and sat on my kayak, which was very funny. Doing the... More

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