Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Coastal NZ | Cape Campbell Tour

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5 Day Cape Campbell Tour
East Coast, Marlborough, NZ

Rugged coastlines, incredible vistas and the iconic Cape Campbell lighthouse combine for an experience ‘shedding light’ on geological landscapes and the early history of this isolated region.

Visit Te Karaka; Cape Campbell, on the north-eastern coast; a place of significance for early Maori and a beacon of light for seafarer’s past and present. Cape Campbell Lighthouse has guided ships rounding the cape of this rugged coastline since 1870 and continues to this day.

Access to this special part of the country is granted with permission from the Peter family, farmers of this land for three generations. Used on the movie, Light Between Oceans, their historic cottages, were home to lighthouse keepers of old and are your home for this adventure. You’ll walk the farm flats, visiting historic and ecological places of interest while keeping a lookout for shoreline birds, like the Turnstone.

In 2016, a significant earthquake raised the coastline by one metre, resulting in degradation of habitat. Concerned locals rallied together forming the East Coast Protection Group and are working to restore the shoreline’s natural values. A member of the trust will meet to talk about their conservation work and vision for the future.

Visit Vernon Station at the southern edge of the Wairau Lagoon, the earliest known site of human occupation in the area, and the cattle and wool trail to the Awatere Valley.  You’ll also walk the Needles Rocks, a limestone formation with a wild seal rookery and fossilized sponges, and stop by Isolation High Country Station, where awe inspiring vistas of the east coast and Tapuae-o-Uenuku await.

Tour Departure dates:

Next season dates TBC

Please feel free to contact us if you wish to register your interest

Cape Campbell Tour - Fitness level 3+/5

Tour Price:

$3,400 per person

Includes all catering and hospitality


Group size:

10 including your Driftwood Guides

Tour Duration:

4 nights, 5 days


2 SUV vehicles with 2 friendly professional guides.


Twin share and sole occupancy at 

Ugbrooke Country Estate and Experience Cape Campbell

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Driftwood Eco-Tours | Exclusive Adventures & Guided Tours of Coastal NZ | Cape Campbell Tour

Tour Features:

  • A day tour to the Wairau Lagoon to hear the stories of the first inhabitants of Aotearoa and the European pioneers.

  • A guided tour of 5 star Paripuma, Native Garden with its creator Rosa Davidson with complimentary morning tea at her home.

  • A guided walk by private farm access to the limestone formations, The Needles.

  • Meet a member of the East Coast Protection Group who will talk about the communities endeavours to protect the coastline after the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake.

  • Native grass planting at Cape Campbell to help restore the indigenous vegetation and protect the sand dunes. (if available)

  • Meet Lee, the marketing manager from Pinoli Pine Nuts at the Pinoli plantation and enjoy a shared lunch featuring this local delicacy.

  • A walk on Cape Campbell farm with its preserved historic landmarks

  • A day walking on the hilltops at Isolation Station in the Ure Valley.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 2 friendly, professional guides who will tell you stories of the province as they drive  you off the busy highways into back country Marlborough.

  • 2 Nights at historic Ugbrooke Country Estate with hosts Alex and Peter Stowasser.

  • 2 nights at the Cape Cape Campbell lighthouse cottages.

  • All meals and picnics (alcoholic beverages are at your own expense).

  • Pick up and drop off any where in Blenheim.

  • All passes to farms and activities including Rosa's garden.

Meet the locals on the Cape Campbell Tour
Meet the locals on the Cape Campbell Tour

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The Lighthouse Cottages on our Cape Campbell tour
The Lighthouse Cottages on our Cape Campbell tour

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A endangered Banded Dotteral/ pohowera
A endangered Banded Dotteral/ pohowera

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