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Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours

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749 Dillons Point Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
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Half-Day Wairau Lagoon Tour from Blenheim
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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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“bird life” (34 reviews)
“kayak tour” (16 reviews)
“double kayak” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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749 Dillons Point Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
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"bird life"
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"kayak tour"
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"double kayak"
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"local history"
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"kayaking experience"
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"home baking"
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"nature lovers"
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"apple spice cake"
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"memorable trip"
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"new zealand"
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"sand bar"
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"novice kayakers"
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"special lunch"
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"outdoor adventure"
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"morning tea"
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"great enthusiasm"
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Picton is the arrival and departure point for ferry transport between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Picton is a small town set alongside fantastic Cloudy Bay. Surrounded by mountains and hills it is quite a beautiful sight. We were guided on our...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

So many highlights - Will thank you so much we had an awesome time. Loved the remoteness and so much bird life up close. It was fascinating learning about the history of the area and what a delicious lunch in true Kiwi style. Until next...More

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Reviewed March 23, 2018

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful storytelling ability and keeping us awake . Showed us the best possible places with time at hand. Thanks for clicking good pictures too. Memorable trip.

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Reviewed January 12, 2018

The timing of this tour determines what flora is visible. This summer flowering was early so the January timing saw us find mainly scree plants and gentians in flower at several locations. The distance between the Island pass site and Cheeseman meant a lot of...More

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give feedback, seasons are changing a little and we will be looking at adjusting our tour to an earlier date. Thank you for your kind comments and we hope to see you again, Cheers Will

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Reviewed December 30, 2017

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2017

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Reviewed December 28, 2017 via mobile

Took my parents away whilst they were visiting from the UK, it’s the 2nd time they’ve stayed there. The people who run the lodge are lovely and very helpful! They took the 4 hour nature walk and were blown away by the experience. The lodge...More

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2017

Dear Dan and Vicky, We really enjoyed hosting you, Bonnie as well! So glad that your parents enjoyed their nature tour. Last time they stayed they loved the kayak tour and we wanted the second tour to be just as interesting. There is always more...More

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

We did a tour, which encompassed a visit to a tiny church, an incredible viewpoint over the Marlborough area, Cloudy Bay, Blenheim and the Cloudy Bay Vineyard, along with the Marina. Johnny even took us on board his family's yacht! We did the tour with...More

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2017

Thank you for your review, we know what a great team we have and it is always wonderful to hear such great feedback, we have passed your kind words onto Johnny who says Hi, Cheers Will Parsons.

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

A place to experience a wildlife adventure for nature lovers. Will and Rose your hosts are delightful with a great enthusiasm for their very special reserve they have lovingly created. We did a 4 hour kayaking trip exploring this wetland in the late afternoon. Will...More

Thank Jill B
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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 14, 2017

Hi Jill, we really appreciate you taking the time to do a review for us. Always a great to share our special patch with visitors like you. Happy days until we meet again, Cheers Rose and Will

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I don't know but June in NZ is like December in North America. You might want to email them and ask. Russ
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