Wairau Lagoon Guided Walk

Wairau Lagoon Guided Walk

Hear the stories of the Wairau Lagoon and the Vernon station on a three hour guided walk in Marlborough. One such tale is about the young Jim Eyles who unearthed a moa egg, which led to a discovery which made history.

Your guide can point out the wildlife that flies over head and the flora and fauna beneath your feet. Some of the birds you may see are the magnificent royal spoonbill, banded dotterel and flocks of little black shag.

This Marlborough walking tour provides excellent opportunities for landscape and wildlife photography, with uninterrupted 360 degree views of Port Underwood, the Richmond Ranges, Wither Hills and Wairau Lagoon.

The track traces the edge of a new waste water treatment ponds, known to attract water fowl. Approaching the Wairau Lagoon, see the sweeping vista of open tidal estuary where godwit and wrybill can sometimes be viewed.

See the archaeological remains of the Maori fish traps and later relax and enjoy a picnic beside the wreck of the SS Waverly.

This guided walk is a fun and educational trip for families and small school groups.

Per person NZ$90. Children over eight $10.
Person on private tour NZ$200.

Includes iconic kiwi picnic

Maximum number: Eight.

Three hour guided walk including a short river crossing by small boat.

Experience needed:
A responsible level of fitness is required to enjoy this tour. Ideal for children of eight years or older but must be accompanied by an adult.

What to bring:
Warm layers and a wind breaker regardless of the weather, sunhat and sun protection, shoes suitable for walking. A day pack and water bottle are recommended.

Enjoy a homemade picnic on a three hour guided walk to the Wairau Lagoon
A magic time to unwind and relax
The SS Waverley seen on this Marlborough Guided Walk
The SS Waverley
Banded dotterel seen on this Marlborough walking tour
Banded dotterel

Before booking this tour we recommend that you email us to check availability.

"We enjoyed tea and cakes just feet from a tree full of Pied Shags feeding their young". Carol, USA.

Tour Itinerary

5.00pm Welcome and a safety and environmental briefing

5.20pm Short river crossing over the slow moving Opawa River, once the highway to the inland town of Blenheim.

5.30pm Disembark for a short climb to the walking track which traces the river to where is joins the larger Wairau River. Along this track fern bird or marsh crake can sometimes be heard and seen.

6.00pm Walk along the new Council waste water wetlands to Hardings Point. Here a short break is taken to watch the cormorant colony and hear about the early history of the area.

6.20pm Take the walkway which twists and turns along the edge of the Wairau Lagoon, this is a good area for bird watching for wading and migratory birds.

7.00 Relax and eat a homemade iconic kiwi picnic at the site of the SS Waverley.

7.30pm Walk home and return over the river to Driftwood HQ.

8.00pm Farewell.

Tour Inclusions

• A 95% chance to get close to the dazzling Royal Spoonbill.

• See some of the 92 bird species identified in the area with a guide to help you identify them.

• Hear the stories of the early inhabitants to New Zealand from your guide.

• See the cormorant colony at the macrocarpa tree.

• Visit the archaeological site of the Polynesian fish traps.

• Visit the hulk of the SS Waverley and hear her history.

• One tree is planted for every tour to offset our carbon footprint.

• Department of Conservation Concessionaire since 2004.

• Driftwood is an audited tourism provider.

• You can bring your own picnic, visit our eight hectare wetland and meet our alpaca family before or after the tour.

Before booking this tour we recommend that you email us to check availability.