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Kathryn B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The tour was magical and surpassed all my expectations.
Will is completely professional, very knowledgeable and knows when to talk and when to let the surroundings speak for themselves. The perfect guide, Will is always quietly mindful of his clients’ welfare.
This is a ‘must-do’ for anybody who is interested in birds, history and/or kayaking through beautiful surroundings.

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Chris Piper

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

It is great to find someone with compatable passion and reverence for nature - Will is the man! I was priveleged to share a morning and double kayak with Will on a rewarding photographic trip on the lagoons at his back door His easy manner and obliging and flexible approach gave me a great experience. His knowledge of the local flora and fauna equals his wholesome cooking - muffins and a choice of 2 cakes was due reward for paddling for several hours. 9 out of 10 leaves room for Will to continually strive to enhance his service and I have no doubt he will

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Three fun days with Will and Rose staying at the B&B and enjoying their wonderful hospitality. The kayaking on the Opawa River to the Wairau bar was very enjoyable (despite a little rain) with great views of Royal Spoonbills and other birds. The back country trip up the Black Birch range into the alpine flora was also memorable and unmissable, and it was worthwhile taking time at Lake Grassmere on the way back too. At the farm, there was plenty of time to explore the wetland and even spot the rare vagrant Glossy Ibis pair among the Pied Stilts. Will is a knowledgeable and engaging guide. If you're near Marlborough, do take a few days to have a much more in depth experience of this region with Driftwood Ecotours. Totally recommend.

Driftwood Ecotours responds:

We were so lucky to experience a variety of fauna and flora and sharing with new and old friends is always rewarding. Having the glossy ibis on our own covenanted wetland is a real bonus.

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We had a wonderful day up Black Birch mountain finding plants (a Penwiper behold!), Ranunculus insigna and many more. The 360 views were magnificent around Marlborough and across to Wellington. Will was a great host and we learnt a lot of the human and natural history ending the day with a dry land bird watching tour at the wetland being too windy for kyaking. The food was excellent and the hospitality great. Thanks Will and Rose.

Driftwood Ecotours responds:

This was a fun repeat business trip and the highlight was seeing the flowering penwiper which one couple have had to wait 47 years to see! We at Diriftwood have been blessed with good luck over the years and it always a pleasure to share what Marlborough has to offer.

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Ranking: 10/10

We had a very interesting kayaking tour on the Opawa River to the sea shore. Will is a very keen guide and looked good after us, safety- and food wise (yummy cakes). Even we had a few fights with our kayak, we had a good time and saw a lot of birds and nice spots along the river shore and a t the coast.
Will has a tremendous knowledge about birds, the history of the place and the area. All was very personal because it is a small but very professional business. We enjoyed it very much to spend some hours with him on and along the waters.
Thank you very much again Will for this good time. We will book again!

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mayan's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

This was a 3 hr kayak trip with Driftwood Ecotours on the Opawa river. Very enjoyable we had great calm conditions. Will was informative and clear with his safety and trip briefing. The gear is in very good condition and we had a choice of single or double kayaks all of which were sturdy and stable. We were a group of six -all near beginners. It took approx an hour to really get the hang of the kayak and the current etc. The current was gentle but does have a play on the boat.I felt that you do need a reasonable fitness level- not extreme but it helps with your enjoyment in the single kayaks. The surroundings were stunning- what a way to get to know your backyard! We saw loads of birds and Will's knowledge of the wildlife and history of the area was awesome. We beached the kayak easily for our cuppa stop and Will shared his homemade muffins yum. I shall definitely be booking a longer trip in the future Thanks heaps:)