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Address: Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-577 7651
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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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Kayak Birdlife Tour

Fantastic kayak with Will on the river to see spoonbills. Perfect weather, perfect company and prolific bird life. The spoonbills were beautiful. Thanks Will for a memorable... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mary-Louisa V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic kayak with Will on the river to see spoonbills. Perfect weather, perfect company and prolific bird life. The spoonbills were beautiful. Thanks Will for a memorable morning on the river.

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Thank Mary-Louisa V
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Dear Mary, thank you for taking the time to review your tour with us. It is always a pleasure to share our love of nature with like minded people. Hope we see you again, Cheers Will. More 

Blenheim, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

My husband and I run a bed and breakfast in Blenheim and we are always looking for fabulous things for our guests to do, especially if they are staying three nights. This is perfect. Really good for all ages and abilities, no-one will feel left behind but challenging enough for the more adventurous. Will's local knowledge is amazing an so... More 

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Thank Clare P
Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

The scenery and colours were awesome. Will's driving and very informative and amusing narrative was wonderful and the depth of his knowledge amazing. The food was excellent and abundant and the weather just glorious. A great way to get away from life's stresses and enjoy the vast open spaces and the incredible silence broken only by the occasional beautiful birdsong.

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Thank rmiddlemiss
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

This was enjoyable tour with a lovely group of people through a very special part of New Zealand. I'm so glad you found Molesworth a place of interest and beauty and we hope to see you again. Thank you for your comments. More 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We enjoyed the homely accommodation with home made bread, local fresh fruit and yoghurt. The cooked breakfast was wonderful! Thanks to the generosity and hospitality of the owners Will and Rose we experienced the serenity of the estuary with a gentle two hour kayak tour, the joy of a walk in clean fresh air and the entertainment of new puppies!... More 

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Thank sandraJ5818SF
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

We had the most fantastic afternoon on the lagoon with Will! He had a world of knowledge about the environment we were in, and the history of Marlborough. We paddled out to a point where we came across a flock of Spoonbills, a delight to see in their habitat. We stopped soon after for a cuppa and delicious muffin, and... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

This is a very special environment that we like to share with our visitors so that they to can realize the importance of protection, habitat enhancement and the beauty of the wildlife. Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you and your friends again. More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

My parents and I signed up for a tour through the iSite desk in Picton. We lucked out with Will - he's a wonderful guide! We had heard that Kiwis are very friendly and Will is no exception - he took our group back to his farm to show us his llamas and week-old puppies, which was a very neat... More 

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Thank Ashley M
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

We really enjoy sharing our property and home with tourists from around the world. You were such a great group to have and it's always a pleasure to share our patch of paradise. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Our trip with Will and eco-tours far exceeded any of our expectations. Our positive experience started when it became clear that we had mistaken our booked date and got a call from Will asking if we were ok and offering to take us out the next day (as the 'next day' happened to be Easter Sunday, this was far beyond... More 

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Thank Bob S
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and especially the chocolates! We're so pleased you enjoyed this tour with Gus and I which we love to share. More 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

What a wonderful place to escape to. Will and Rose have created a tranquil and relaxing hideaway where you can unwind, rest and feel surrounded by the natural environment. From the extremely comfortable beds to the lovely wholesome breakfasts (the homemade muffins were sensational!) you can sit back and rest up or sign up for one the wonderful eco tours... More 

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Thank marg36red
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Rose and I really enjoy sharing our property sharing in its natural beauty and we hope you return one day to explore our region more. Hope you enjoyed your time in the Marlborough Sounds. Thank you. More 

Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

My partner & I are a young couple from Marlborough. It was incredible to have a tour, essentially in our own backyard, & be blown away by our time on the water with Will in our local environment. He is a considerate guide with plenty of local knowledge & passion for his environment. Every experience with Rose & Will has... More 

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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour with us, it is our pleasure to share our wonderful wetland environment with like minded people. You will be pleased to know that as a result of your tour we will be planting one more endemic tree into our wetland this autumn. Look forward to seeing you again, Cheers Will... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

We highly recommend Driftwood Retreat, Rose & Will have a very special accommodation here in Blenheim. They have the best of both worlds as its close to wetlands, wineries, and the cafes and restaurants. Great hosts, peaceful accommodation, looking forward to returning soon Cheers J & J Allan

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Oscar2NewZealand, Manager at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

What a delight it was to have you to stay with us and we look forward to meeting you in the future. More 

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