A Complete Budget Travel guide to French Pass and D’Urville Island. This video is unavailable. The area was once a busy place, as it was on the shipping route from Wellington to Nelson. Most people encounter D’Urville Island by driving to French Pass, the last winding section of ridge top road from Rai Valley, affording sensational views over the southern part of the 27km by 9.6km island. Jetty to jetty. Totally recommended." After breakfast we catch a boat ride then the barge across to French Pass and the Mainland. "A trip to D’Urville Island with Driftwood Retreat and Eco-Tours turned out to be a great experience. It is an area full of history, some of which is beautifully conveyed in Gerald Hindmarsh’s book ‘Angelina’, the tale of life of the Italian early settler Angelina Moleta and her close friend, a high born Maori woman call Wetekia Ruruku Elkington. Pat and Gordon McArthur. D'Urville Island & Marlborough Sounds Scenic Tour Come with us to discover D’Urville Island and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds an incredibly special experience. We stayed at Catherine Cove in the Wilderness Resort and our hosts Rose and Will looked after us wonderfully well. Enjoying a Marlborough winery visit for tastings and a platter of local produce, before your tour ends about 4pm with drop offs as arranged. Driftwood Eco Tours, D'Urville Island 5 Day Guided Tour. We donate $300 to the community led Stoat Eradication Trust for each tour we take to the island. Cruise through the turbulent waters of the French Pass, a thrilling experience! Greg Webber of the Ngati Kowata tribe tells us about the French Pass. Five Day Tour to D'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds, South Island, NZ, Is New Zealand's 6th largest offshore islands, Is the largest island in New Zealand to undertake a stoat eradication project, Its offshore island Takapourewa or Stephen's Island, strong hold to the reptile called the Tuatara, The waterway between the island and the mainland Te Aumiti or French Pass, which has the fastest tidal flow in New Zealand. D'Urville Island, lies between Nelson near Golden Bay and … Enjoy a fishing charter. Explore D'Urville Island from a charter boat with a local skipper. Please note: The D’Urville Island sail trip is weather dependent, but the idea is to circumnavigate the whole island, and cross the French Pass. Driftwood Eco Tours contributions $300 to the D'Urville Island Stoat Eradication Trust. After breakfast at the lodge, we head off to meet our local island guide. B.MT. 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. 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. Right at the bottom, off the green grassed slopes of Ohana, Hautai Island was long used as a cemetery island for local Maori. 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. These beautifully rendered tools were used by local tribes for vegetable cultivation, building of waka (canoe) and weaponry. Enjoy morning tea and lunch at scenic spots with amazing views before returning to the lodge and time to relax before dinner. Pene our local guide helps with the finer points of fishing. All food is provided (alcoholic beverages are at your own cost, there is a bar at the resort cafe).