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Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour

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Address: Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 5777 651
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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3 day Alpine Flora tour through Molesworth Station.

Travelling by comfortable 8 passenger seat van with an informative commentary as we travelled the route. Our driver and guide had travelled the route a few days earlier to check... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelling by comfortable 8 passenger seat van with an informative commentary as we travelled the route. Our driver and guide had travelled the route a few days earlier to check the best places to stop to see a wide range of alpine flowers in bloom. Two visits to sheep stations with refreshments and explanations of stock carried and marketing of... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour, responded to this review

Dear Eric, thank you for taking time to review your tour with us. It was a great bunch of people. Cheers Will. More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very pretty location to kayak here, lovely secluded river beds leading to a lagoon. Our guide, Sandra, was very informative about the history and sea-bird life along the banks as we kayaked. Vix accompanied us on the kayak and added a very cute quotient to our photos. Sandra was attentive and patient with us throughout, and great company on the... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Kayak guide at Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour, responded to this review

Hello Aneenha, Thank you very much for writing a review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time and it was a pleasure for us to share this wonderful environment with you. For beginners your kayaking skills were brilliant, Kind regards Sandra, Driftwood Eco Tours More 

Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A warm welcome from Will and the dogs began a fabulous afternoon with Driftwood Eco Tours. Our tour was the Royal Spoonbill tour and I can highly recommend this even for complete kayak novices! Will is very patient and encouraging, we quickly forgot about being beginners and became absorbed with the tranquillity of our surroundings. Wills narration, as we paddled,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour and guides, suitable for all ages (we had children ranging from 15 to 8yr) we especially loved the extensive yet detailed and interesting knowledge Will has of the history and the birdlife of the area and his genuine enthusiasm for the same. the inclusion of the dogs vix and gussy on the boats was a big hit, particularly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a great kayaking trip with Driftwood, getting to see some amazing sights along the lagoon and even spotting the North Island of New Zealand across the straits. It was a fun trip with a really friendly and knowledgeable guide. Can't say enough good things.

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour, responded to this review

Dear Tyler, very happy to hear know that you had a great time and that you found our guide informative and fun to be with. Kind regards Will More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked the tour as a Christmas present for my family. The morning was perfect- not a breath of wind. We set off with Vix perched on one of our kayaks (much to my daughters delight), and meandered through the lagoons. The bird life was amazing- an abundance of Royal Spoonbill and Black Swans seemed to welcome us as we... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our tour. We are glad you enjoyed it. We love the environment in which we live and love to share it, Cheers the team at Driftwood. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow we loved it. Will was such a wonderful host and Vix and Gussy (the two wee dogs) part of the magic. A very warm, intimate connection with the environment and the bird life was wonderful. We loved the kayaking and felt incredibly safe and in tune with the waterways and wildlife. Will's knowledge of the environment and particularly the... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour, responded to this review

Dear Wendy, Thank you for the privilege of sharing the environment we love, that is why Rose and I set up Driftwood, so we can share. Cheers Will. More 

Blenheim
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eight of us (group of friends celebrating a birthday) went out with guides Will and Sandra and two lovely terrier sailor dogs last week. Driftwood Ecotours Lagoon visit takes out beginners and more experienced kayakers and my husband and I fell into the former group, so we were a bit worried that we may not be much good at it.... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Ecotours Limited - Day Tour, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your review. It was a great day out. Sorry to hear that your husband got sunburn, is he feeling better now? We will make even more effort from now on to highlight this in our safety brief per tour. We are pleased to hear that you found the kayaking easier than you predicted, Sandra our guide... More 

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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a Kayaktour and accommodation at Driftwood and all turned out to be amazing. The tour was good organised, we had a great guide, lunch was amazing (they provide a delicious gluten and dairy lunch on request) and surrounding is stunning. This tour is highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Travelling with our family for a short trip and we did not regret it. Best views, great driver with knowledge and overall an excellent trip.

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