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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

#9 of 35 things to do in Picton Features Animals
Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Brilliant bay

Took a water taxi to lochmara and spent the day there, not sure what to expect. Small account hotel... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2016
A busy place with diverse attractions

We stayed here as part of the Queen Charlotte Track tramp. It was slightly off the beaten track... read more

Reviewed 9 February 2016
Vivien T
Wollongong, Australia
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This unique centre provides an opportunity for nature-lovers to interact with, learn about and appreciate the unique flora and fauna of the Marlborough Sounds. The centre includes wild bird recovery, endangered bird and gecko breeding enclosures, and a self guided ecotour among native bush. Day/half-day trips include a boat cruise from Picton (Lochmara can easily arrange boat transport for you) on the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound, and an optional walk on the Queen Charlotte Track.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

Took a water taxi to lochmara and spent the day there, not sure what to expect. Small account hotel with a big focus on nature. Great wildlife to see including sting ray up close, plenty of places to relax and some great swimming spots. Had...More

Thank NSHNaas
Reviewed 9 February 2016

We stayed here as part of the Queen Charlotte Track tramp. It was slightly off the beaten track, but the walk down to it was fabulous. The cafe was particularly good for dinner. The weather turned cool so we didn't swim or use the water...More

Thank Vivien T
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

The track down from the Queen Charlotte track to Lochmara is worth it, it is wonderful.The gate that greets you, the art and sculptures are all very cool. The cafe and staff are wonderful, the food very good, although a bit more variety for vegetarian...More

Thank Lynda149
Reviewed 3 February 2016

Cracking little spot - fantastically friendly staff and resident dog, great food, nice selection of drinks, amazing view. Well worth the effort to go, you can be there as a couple, group of friends or families with lots of things going on for the kids....More

Reviewed 28 January 2016

We stayed at Lochmara Lodge on the last stop of walking the Queen Charlotte Track. Having looked at the accommodation on line, I wasn't expecting to be overwhelmed, but we were very impressed. We stayed in what appeared to be a new unit with a...More

Thank FussyTraveller009
Reviewed 22 January 2016

Luxurious, spacious and modern rooms with beautiful furnishings and such a comfortable bed. I only wish we could have stayed longer to linger over the views from the bed and the balcony. Super size shower, all very clean and well maintained. Dinner was delicious at...More

Thank TravellinMumBerry
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

What a great day out. Excellent ferry rides, lovely service and great activities throughout the day. The cafe is exceptional- a must lunch stop. We shall be returning!

Thank Emsy04
Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Stayed there for one day with a one year old. Was very relaxed. Lots of hammocks, cute animals, some hiking and good food with nice views.

Thank dd206cc
Reviewed 5 January 2016

The ride across Marlborough Sounds on the water taxi offers wonderful views of this picturesque part of New Zealand. On arrival we were given lots of information about Lochmara and our tour. Lunch in the café was really good - way too much food. The...More

1  Thank 547BarbA
Reviewed 1 January 2016

Family focused. Staff meet you at the boat and explain everything in detail. Rooms well appointed. Lovely setting right on the coast.

Thank Diane W
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