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Address: Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-577 7651
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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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USD 66.06*
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2-Hour Royal Spoonbill Tour by Kayak
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USD 161.47*
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Half-Day Wairau Lagoon Tour from Blenheim

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A peaceful retreat where you can get a feel for nature and the bird life of the area.

During our stay we enjoyed staying in the lovely lodge on the property. It was very comfortable and peaceful with interesting wood interior, whilst allowing you to see the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Colette L
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Brighton
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Brighton
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22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During our stay we enjoyed staying in the lovely lodge on the property. It was very comfortable and peaceful with interesting wood interior, whilst allowing you to see the environment through large windows onto the garden. We thought the kayaking trip with our guide Mathias was interesting and energetic. Thank you we wished we had booked to stay longer.

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

Dear Colette, thank you for your review. It was great hosting you, we hope you visit again one day, Cheers Rose, Will and Mathias. More 

Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent and knowledgeable guide, a good kayak tour! Very nice wild life. Thank you for the great experience!

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

Thank you for reviewing your time with us, we hope you enjoyed your travels in the North Island after leaving us. All the best, Will, Rose and Mathias. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A pleasant morning paddling in along the river. Will is a knowledgeable guide - interesting history of the area and birds. Good fruit muffins as well. Thanks

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. It was a great pleasure. We wish you a pleasant stay in New Zealand. Cheers Will. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing kayak tour with our great guide Mathias. Very intimate and unique experience. Mathias was extremely knowledgeable on local wildlife & history of the area. Beautiful & scenic Eco property.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. It was a great pleasure having you guys out on the river. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in NZ and had a pleasant trip back to Adelaide. Cheers Mathias More 

Bologna, Italy
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rose and Will, Thank you for the wonderful tour. We really enjoyed meeting and talking with you Will. You are a great person and we loved your stories. The places we visited were amazing! Very fortunate to visit a sheep farm, two wineries, cherry farm, and avation museum all in one day. The lunch was very good and the whole... 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 experience. It was a great pleasure hosting you and your family, come again! Cheers Will. More 

The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed with our two small kids in the comfortable 2-bedroom cottage. I loved the little details in the cottage, like the driftwood on the wall, driftwood handrailing, the wildlife photography and all the books about the region, birds and history. It definitely showed the passion of the wonderful owners. They know a lot about the area, wetlands and birdlife.... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to review your stay with us. It was an absolute pleasure. We hope you enjoyed the rest of our time in New Zealand and that we will see you again, maybe on the water! Cheers Rose and Will. More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Will and Rose were excellent at organising our tour and gave us plenty of information. Will was personable, safe, informative and flexible. It was a pleasure to be on this trip and especially to experience some of the most challenging roads in NZ, to visit identities on the island and to learn of his and wife Rose's associtations with the... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Will was such a pleasure to be with and learn from on our wetlands tour. We missed meeting Rose as I had corresponded with her several times prior to our visit to explore options but she was needed elsewhere. Will exceeded our expectations of the exploration of the wetlands sharing his knowledge and expertise of the area. He also met... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour with Will. Will enjoyed meeting you both and sharing his love of Marlborough. We hope you will come again! Kind regards Rose. More 

Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Will opened up a whole new world hiding behind the state highway. My elderly mother and I enjoyed a very interesting and informative tour via the van to the Lagoons through the Vernon sheep farm. Highly recommended for locals as well as visitors.

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

Thank you for your review, it was a great pleasure, hope we see you again, Cheers Will More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I spent 2 nights travelling with 2 friends . The accommodation was beautiful and spacious !! Will and Rosa were wonderful hosts ! Will gave us great suggestions of yummy places to eat and offered us transport into town if required. He gave us a contact for a half day wine tour which was fantastic !! A very enjoyable experience... More 

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