Optional experiences to enjoy during your stay

Outdoor activities

Bike riding

Take a bike ride on flat county roads with vineyard and hill views. Complimentary for retreat the tree house guests, based on availability, we suggest you book them.

Feed the alpacas

Feed the alpaca with special alpaca nuts. Please ask for availability when you arrive. Alpaca nuts $1.

Guided farm walk

Learn about farm animals. Feed the hens and alpacas. Learn about wool from sheep and alpacas. Ideal for families. One hour, $25 per person.

Guided wetland walk

Find out more about the birds and animals that live in our wetland and river. One hour, $15 per person, proceeds to the wetland restoration.

Four hour guided nature walk

Take a boat across the river and enjoy an easy guided walk around the edge of the Wairau Lagoon. Picnic lunch included. $90 per person.

See a sheep dog herding sheep

See sheep being herded by a dog trained for sheep mustering. The owner of the dog trains dogs to competition standard and has won many prizes. One hour, POA.

Trout fishing

We can supply a three day license to fish in our river, a trout line and basic instruction on how to cast. If you catch a trout you can release it and add its length to the Driftwood tout hall of fame or you can cook it in our smoker.  $65.


Cooked Breakfast

Delivered to your accommodation. Farm fresh eggs, tomato, bacon and homemade wholemeal toast. 24 hours notice please. $20 per person.

Packed lunch

Freshly made sandwich with salad, tomato, fresh herbs, ham and cheese. Bacon and egg pie. Homemade spiced apple cake and muffins.  Enjoy in a vineyard or on the riverside. 24 hours notice please. $25 per person.

Roast lamb with Will and Rose at their home

Have an iconic New Zealand farm meal at our home. Roast mutton or beef and vegetables, and Apple crumble and ice cream. Complimentary glass of wine. By prior arrangement. $60 per person, children free.

Indoor activities

Olive oil tasting

Rose is trained in the tasting of olive oil and worked for ten years in the olive industry.  Learn more about olive oil, health benefits, uses and how to store. Taste three very different olive oils.  30 minutes. By prior arrangement. $20 per person.

Visitors to our retreat say feeding the alpacas was one of thier most enjoyable experiences.
Mustering sheep

Please ask on arrival, dependent on availability.