Welcome, Eco Traveller

“This was my first time to try kayaking and I fully enjoyed it!”-- Balto-jenna, Yokohama, Japan

Driftwood Retreat & Eco-Tours, New Zealand.

Discover the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. We are based in Marlborough, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and have had the privilege of sharing our incredible environment with our guests since 2004. Choose from kayaking, hiking, walking or travel in comfort by air conditioned 4WD van. Tours are personalised or scheduled, many access private land, thanks to the generosity of local people who we know well. Our values are to be the best possible stewards of our environment, this is backed up by our environmental initiatives, such as planting one native tree for every tour. Let us show you the real Marlborough and New Zealand through telling the stories of Maori (the Indigenous Polynesian settlers) and Pakeha (European settlers) who came here before us. Let us guide you with our knowledge, passion and curiosity about the plants, birds and other wildlife of this peaceful and diverse area.

Stay in our eco retreat overlooking our protected wetland. Find out about our tours and see more of Will's stunning nature photography by clicking on our tour page. We look forward to meeting you and sharing our love of nature,

Will and Rose Parsons and the Driftwood team.

"Just wonderful in everyway! We had the best days of our New Zealand journey here at our place" Moni and Heinz, Switzerland.

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