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.

We want to share with you the wildlife and human history of the Wairau Lagoon, New Zealand’s best kept visitor secret. This is a place of great spiritual significance and natural beauty, Will’s photographs taken on tour speak for themselves. Since 2004 we have had the great privilege of meeting likeminded people, drawn to this special location. We love what we do! We have recently added a two room eco retreat for those who want to immerse themselves in peace and quiet and use it as a base for exploring the attractions of the surrounding province of Marlborough. Will’s home baked muffins are a highlight! We plant one tree for every tour taken, in our protected eight hectare wetland. We hope we and our little Jack Russels, Vix and Gussy, will have the pleasure of meeting you soon.

1 – Retreat Accommodation: Refresh your soul at our architecturally designed two room retreat by our conservation wetland. Beautifully peaceful yet only ten minutes to shop and restaurants and twenty minutes to Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.

2 – Meet the Royal Spoonbill by Kayak: A fun, two hour tour for small groups to see the majestic Royal Spoonbill feeding and preening at the Wairau Estuary.

3 – Wairau Lagoon by Kayak: Discover the best of New Zealand’s wildlife and human history with a friendly, qualified eco guide, happy to share Marlborough’s many stories. We take small group tours to the spiritual wilderness of the Wairau Lagoon, birth place of New Zealand’s first known human civilization and home to over ninety species of migratory and resident bird.

4 – Wairau Lagoon by Vehicle: A land based version of the tour above, this one is via the private access of one of Marlborough’s oldest sheep farms. This wildlife safari takes you to 1000 feet to see sweeping vistas of Cloudy Bay. Then to the foot of the towering white face of Te Parinui o Whiti to take a guided bush walk or relax with a glass of wine in total solitude.


Will and Rose Parsons and the Driftwood team.