On the first day will experience the thrill of being taken through the rapids of New Zealand's vertical waterfall, the French Pass with its whirl pools and rapids. Stay on D’Urville Island, meet some of the locals, find out about the rich history and what it is like to live this remote island at the outer Marlborough Sounds. We donate $300 to the community led Stoat Eradication Trust for each tour we take to the island. Did you know that Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga or D'Urville Island: Get your family and friends together to experience total immersion on this fascinating but often hard to access island. Book the whole resort and have the place … L.D, After breakfast we will go on a fishing trip to catch our own lunch! Driftwood Eco Tours contributions $300 to the D'Urville Island Stoat Eradication Trust. Departing Nelson or Blenheim we follow Tasman Bay’s eastern coast line before arriving on D’Urville Island for a spot of helicopter reef fishing. Be guided into one of New Zealand's most difficult to access islands, accommodation, transport and meals are all organised for you. The area was once a busy place, as it was on the shipping route from Wellington to Nelson. If you'd like a day trip - we can carry your vehicle to d'Urville Island where you can drive around and see the sights, including the scenic reserve yourself. Pick-ups from in and around Blenheim, we drive to Pelorus Bridge for lunch, then we journey to French Pass in the outer Marlborough Sounds to meet our barge that will ferry us across to D’Urville Island then another boat trip to our accommodation for the next three nights, enjoy dinner at the lodge. Driftwood Eco Tours, D'Urville Island 5 Day Guided Tour. 3 nights’ accommodation on D’Urville Island. Day 7. Ten seater van. After breakfast at the lodge, we head off to meet our local island guide. Review of Marlborough High Country Farm Tour from Blenheim. D'Urville Island to French Pass Barge Crossings: Cross the French Pass waterway straight to Kapowai on d'Urville Island with our barge vessel service. Terry Sauvage of Kupe. A Complete Budget Travel guide to French Pass and D’Urville Island. Phone: 027 435 1955 After breakfast we catch a boat ride then the barge across to French Pass and the Mainland. This to say thank you to the Islanders who warmly welcome us, Will tells about the local history with views over Port Hardy. Enjoy morning tea and lunch at scenic spots with amazing views before returning to the lodge and time to relax before dinner. You will enjoy this peaceful place. Geoff Walls a local ecologist records the local flora. Pene our local guide helps with the finer points of fishing. Suitable layered clothing, a light raincoat, light walking shoes, insect repellent, camera, small torch. Watch Queue Queue Per person twin or double share accommodation. We specialize in small group tours of the South Island. The history of the island from Maori settlement many years ago, to DOC’s involvement and several thriving farms today, was told to us, and we were driven all over the island to see this for ourselves. © 2019 South Island Tours NZ | Created by. BLD, This morning we take the scenic drive around the shoreline and bays of the Marlborough Sounds to enjoy a home visit for a chat over morning tea. Totally recommended." A day tour in a charter boat with a local skipper exploring the waterways around the island. On The Sea For the fisherman we are right next door to the very productive fishing grounds of Stephens Passage and French Pass where kingfish, snapper, groper and blue cod abound. This personalized private tour allows you to experience great fishing, diving, snorkelling, bush, and farm walks in remote and tranquil spots. "A trip to D’Urville Island with Driftwood Retreat and Eco-Tours turned out to be a great experience. D’Urville Island – Hawea. Meet the locals, discover the wildlife and hear about Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga’s rich heritage, traveling by land and sea on a small group, 5 day tour, staying at the fishing lodge at Catherine Cove. A majority of the island is native forest, under the protection of the Department of Conservation, at the western side and the northern end of the island are steep hill country farms running high quality sheep and cattle. Return each night to comfortable beach front cottages with cafe and bar only steps away. B.MT. Meet the locals, discover the wildlife and hear about Rangitoto Ki Te Tonga’s rich culture and heritage, travelling by land and sea on this exclusive adventure to one of New Zealand's last outposts. The afternoon is free time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the island. The more active can bike the downhill track to the resort from the Islands main road. BLD. Come with us to discover D’Urville Island and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds an incredibly special experience. Watch Queue Queue. Enjoy a fishing trip to catch your own dinner and stay three nights on this amazing island.