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Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours

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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...more
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749 Dillons Point Road, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
+64 3-577 7651
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 21 May 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
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Reviewed 28 April 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
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Reviewed 23 March 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 24 February 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
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Reviewed 12 January 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
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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 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 1 January 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
Reviewed 30 December 2017

We took a 4 hour kayak tour into the Wairau Lagoon with Will as our guide. Our limited kayaking ability was not a problem as Will's very clear instructions helped us to become reasonably competent very quickly. Will is an excellent guide. He is enthusiastic,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

Thank you for your review Gill. You guys did really well. Thank you for your interest in the wildlife of our area, it is always a pleasure to pass on what I have learnt. Have a great time in New Zealand and I hope that...More

Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

Took my parents away whilst they were visiting from the UK, it’s the 2nd time they’ve stayed there. The people who run the lodge are lovely and very helpful! They took the 4 hour nature walk and were blown away by the experience. The lodge...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

Dear Dan and Vicky, We really enjoyed hosting you, Bonnie as well! So glad that your parents enjoyed their nature tour. Last time they stayed they loved the kayak tour and we wanted the second tour to be just as interesting. There is always more...More

Reviewed 19 November 2017

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

Date of experience: November 2017
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Oscar2NewZealand, Owner at Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

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.

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19 August 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