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- Nature and History Combined 

Five Day D'Urville Island Tour
Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ




Driftwood Eco Tours Fitness Level Required 3+ / 5

Immerse yourself in the dramatic natural beauty of Rangitoto ki te Tonga, D’Urville Island, and make new friends on this fun and informative small group tour.

Join us on a once in a lifetime trip to D'Urville Island and be guided into one of New Zealand's most difficult to access islands located in the remote reaches of Marlborough Sounds.


Spend your days exploring D’Urville Island - an island that boasts a unique blend of rugged scenery, natural history and adventure.


Combine this amazing environment with our friendly and experienced tour guides and a great group of people, all sharing similar interests. Try your hand at blue cod fishing, meet the locals and hear stories from the island's early history.


All accommodation, transport and meals are organised for you.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore D'Urville Island from a charter boat with a local skipper.

  • Encounter wildlife and flora such at flowering rewarewa, endemic king shag, dolphin and fernbird.

  • Your guide will give you a commentary of the stories of the local families who lived here.

  • Meet locals who will share their love of the island with you.

  • Cruise through the turbulent waters of the French Pass, a thrilling experience!

  • We make a donation to Westpac Life Flight rescue helicopter service for each tour we take to the island.

  • 2 experienced tour guides on each tour, so we can personalize your experience for you.

Tour Departure Dates:


Mon 20th Feb 2023

Mon 6th March 2023

Mon 1st May 2023 

Departs from Blenheim

6 passenger minimum for tour to proceed.


Tour Price:


NZ$3,850 per person

Includes beach front cottage accommodation, all meals prepared by the resort, two way ferry crossing with van, a 6 hour charter boat tour, blue cod fishing, daily water taxi rides.

Tour Duration:

Five days


Ten seater van. Certified charter fishing vessel. Water taxi jetty to jetty.


Comfortable two bedroom beach front cottages at D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort in Catherine Cove (own cottage and bathroom for couples, shared two bedroom cottage and 1 bathroom for twin share).


Meet new friends, try new things.

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"Fabulous scenery and tantalizing family and social histories"
Jacky Renouf

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel from Blenheim to the island and return by air conditioned Toyota Hiace van.

  • Return each night to your comfortable beach front cottage with café and bar only steps away.

  • Two guides who will share their knowledge of the island.

  • A day tour by charter boat with a local skipper exploring the waterways around the island.

  • Guided fishing, your catch will be filleted and cooked that night.

  • All food is provided (alcoholic beverages are at your own cost, there is a bar at the resort café).

  • Travel with peace of mind, we do our very best to reduce our impact on climate change by donating to the establishment of native forest at Puhi Peaks conservation reserve in Kaikoura, the only nesting site of the Huttons shearwater.  

Please Note: You are welcome to bring your own wine, however any empty bottles must also be packed out.

Other Details

Do you need help with organising transport, flights or insurance for your tour? We can refer you to a person who can organise your travel and travel insurance before and after your tour. Just let us know how as early as possible.

We are committed to keeping everyone safe, including the people we visit. To achieve this we have put in place a Covid 19 code of practice. Please read this here.


Want to create your own private tour? Talk to us about creating a completely customised personal tour for you, your partner, family or friends. We would love your dreams become reality. 

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