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Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours

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Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
+64 3-577 7651
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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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“kayak tour” (16 reviews)
“bird life” (33 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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Blenheim 7273, New Zealand

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank PeterHGlasgow
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 12 October 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
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 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

Reviewed 23 September 2017

We so thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the magnificent day we spent with Will and Rose as we travelled through Vernon Farm to the Wairau Lagoons. Their commentary on the history of the area as well as its present day function was most informative and...More

Thank strawlodge
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

The pleasure was ours, we are just sharing what we love. Thanks for your great company and we hope to see you again soon, Cheers Rose and Will

Reviewed 16 July 2017

Extremely impressed with the hospitality and knowledge of our guide, Will. The tour was a perfect blend of kayaking, viewing historical sites, and nature's wonders. Highly recommended to anyone with even a moderate level of fitness visiting the region.

Thank Lance861
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

We love our history and environment which makes it very pleasing to share with those who wish to expand their knowledge. Thank you for your review, Will

Reviewed 22 April 2017

My 13 year old son and I went out with Will as our guide. It was brilliant to spend time with someone so positive, and obviously passionate about what he does. It was great for my son to be educated about local Maori and NZ...More

Thank tania j
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you. We hope we see you both again. Cheers Will.

Reviewed 28 March 2017

We decided on the spur of the moment to go on this kayaking trip on the Wairau Lagoon but there was no availability on the evening trip. However they arranged a special one in the afternoon just for the two of us - what service!...More

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

Thank you for touring with us, it was our privilege. Cheers Will

Reviewed 14 March 2017

From the moment we arrived, we felt confident that we had chosen a safe and professional company to take two novice kayakers out on the river. Mathias gave us an informative briefing and clear demonstration on paddling technique before taking us out for an interesting...More

Thank saf51
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Thank you, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Cheers Will

Reviewed 12 March 2017

My brother and I have always intended to take this trip and finally did so. It was the highlight of my trip to NZ to visit family this year. I will be recommending it to all my friends. Mathias set us up in a double...More

Thank Riversl2017
Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Thank you for your review- we make special efforts at times to see particular wildlife and we are so pleased that this became a highlight for you. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 4 March 2017

Booked the kayak tour to see royal spoonbills on the Wairau estuary with Will as guide. The best time to fit in with the tides was the following evening, so after a short introductory talk from Will and a quick practice in a double kayak,...More

Thank PaTh1422
Oscar2NewZealand, Manager at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

It was my great pleasure. It is all about the journey not how soon we get there! Hope we see you again, Cheers Will.

Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We were fortunate with our weather as it was an almost perfect day - not too hot or windy. Our guide, Matias, was excellent. He got us all prepared for the outing with some kayak paddling basics and training. We were a mixed group, some...More

Thank Russ Q
Oscar2NewZealand, Guide at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Hi Russ and Barb! Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. It was a great pleasure having you guys out on the river. I hope you enjoyed/are enjoying, the Queen Charlotte track. I wish you all the best for the rest...More

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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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