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Address: Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
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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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USD 65.95*
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2-Hour Royal Spoonbill Tour by Kayak
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USD 161.20*
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Half-Day Wairau Lagoon Tour from Blenheim

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See New Zealand birds and learn local history at Driftwood Retreat & Eco Tours

Wonderful tour of the area, including my main interest, seeing birds of New Zealand, as the Royal Spoonbill! 100% comfortable accommodations, lovely location in the wetland in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
kubik2017
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Batavia, Illinois
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Puslinch, Canada
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Yesterday our group of two 60-yr year old couples went on a kayak tour in a wetland area at the mouth of a river connecting to the sea at Blenheim. Wil and Rose are the owners of this small eco touring business. Wil fitted us out in two double sea kayaks - very stable. We paddled down the river about... More 

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Thank Ray519
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your comment about the binoculars. We have discussed this as a team and will be ensuring they are cleaned and checked before the tour in the future. Detail like this is very important when it come to a great customer experience. All the best for your travels in New Zealand. Cheers Will More 

Batavia, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wonderful tour of the area, including my main interest, seeing birds of New Zealand, as the Royal Spoonbill! 100% comfortable accommodations, lovely location in the wetland in Blenheim. Will and Rose went out of their way to make me comfortable, including picking me up at the bus station!

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Thank kubik2017
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review it's much appreciated. We hope we shall see you again soon so we can share more of the beauty of our province. Cheers Will More 

Arbroath
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This was a great experience. We are interested in wildlife, conservation and history and this was right up our street. Will is so knowledgeable and passionate about all three. He guided us around the area stopping to show us anything of interest, old farm machinery, plants, rock formations, shells, great views, etc. Unfortunately the spoonbills weren't to be seen that... More 

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

We love sharing the rich history of our area and are very appreciative of your review. Next time we shall get you onto the water to see the Royal spoonbill! Thank you for your comments, Will. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Will is an excellent guide. 4th generation native. Locals all know him. A photographer, adventurer and outstanding historian of area. Arranged great visits to wineries and sightseeing opportunities. Flexible - and pleasant to spend day with. Michael, Jill, Cindy and Tom

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

Marlborough is an area that we are passionate about so sharing her history and experiencing some of the treasures grows our visitor awareness. We look to excel our clients tour by listening to their interests and making it happen. Thank you for your review. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I had a blast! Hosts are very welcoming and gave us the best apple spice cake ever! Kayaked in the morning with Mathias and really enjoyed that as well. All in all, it was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend!

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

Dear Jeff and Allison, We loved hosting you. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Hope you equally enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand, Cheers Will Rose and Mathias. More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our stay here. Lovely location. Loved feeding the alpacas. Rose and Will were great hosts.

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unguidedmissal
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114 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From beginning to end, our stay here was a delight. Long before we arrived, Rose was supremely helpful in planning our stay in Marlborough. On arrival she made us totally welcome as though we had returned to our old home. The accommodation was perfect; end of the road out side Blenheim. Grape vines on one side and wetlands on the... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We really enjoyed your company and love sharing our local patch. Will More 

Brighton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 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 16 January 2017 via mobile

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

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Thank hilade
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 14 January 2017 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 

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