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Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours

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Blenheim, New Zealand
About Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours
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 relaxed, guided van tour 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 knowlegable guide. Driftwood Eco Tours also takes you on multiday backcountry adventures to places like d'Urville Island, Muzzle Station and the Molesworth in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Driftwood also specialises in one day and multiday alpine flora tours of the South Island.
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Reviewed February 4, 2019

Was booked into the tree house..which is not really a tree house but a building on pillars with a gap below where a garage might be! The apartment rooms are delightfully furnished . The kitchenette is to one side with water having to be brought...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Traveltone1
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2019

Hi and thank you for reviewing your stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed aspects of your stay but sorry to hear that the breakfast was not adequate. Our breakfasts are not usually small, two slices of bread per person is standard, with muesli...More

Reviewed February 4, 2019

Up at sunrise to see shags, terns, gulls, herons and oyster catchers. Wind and tide shortened the the kayak trip . Went by car to river mouth to have picnic which was a bit average but welcome. Good knowledgable guide

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Traveltone1
Reviewed January 27, 2019

I joined one of the group tours and had a wonderful time with a lovely group of people. Another wonderful Driftwood Eco-tour featuring their great kiwi hospitality, excellent local knowledge, and willingness to go the extra mile to make unique tours lots of fun!! Highly...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SzP111
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our tour and we hope to see you again in the future. It was a fun group and we certainly had some laughs.

Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful and quite place to stay next to wetlands and between lots of birds Rose and Will has given us a warm welcome. We also get some fresh fruits form the garden and home made muffins with rhubarb. Delicious! Will knows much about birds and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2019

Hello, you are so welcome, Bonnie the sheep dog says Hi! Cheers Rose and Will.

Reviewed May 21, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank NewJerseyNomad
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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 468jenny
Reviewed March 23, 2018

They are extremely helpful, will teach you if you dont know, and since they were not accepting card payment they even let us go back home and pay through paypal. The tour is stunning. We were a group of 7 all cousins and we had...More

Date of experience: February 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.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Vandana S
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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Judy L
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

Reviewed January 1, 2018

Amazing bird life,stories of moa hunters, weather- sculptured cliff faces, GO. It’s unique. We’re in our 80’s. Will is a very knowledgeable host, a delicious morning tea. Highly recommend this way of learning about Blenheim and surrounds.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Pamela C
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August 18, 2017|
Response from RussQ691 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but June in NZ is like December in North America. You might want to email them and ask. Russ