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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Very tired and untidy

My wife and I visited today as we were walking the Queen Charlotte Track. The cafe was okay but the... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
John A
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Dedication, innovation and nature

Shane the owner of Lochmara Lodge is a friendly self effacing man whose accomplishments belie his... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Dennis M
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited today as we were walking the Queen Charlotte Track. The cafe was okay but the gardens and various exhibits were very disappointing. Most were quite rundown and simply untidy. The place needs a good spruce up.

Thank John A
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Shane the owner of Lochmara Lodge is a friendly self effacing man whose accomplishments belie his relaxed exterior. The lodge itself is nestled in a small cove on the shores of Lochmara Bay. Behind is a network of well conceived, well tended paths, steps and...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The slice of paradise that is Lochmara has so much to offer, from adventurous swim with stingrays to Hammock-ville, zip line, heaps of wildlife and a great underwater observatory, you are in for a treat! Make sure that you book your departure from there as...More

Thank Robin_Laura
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Lochmara sits in the stunning Marlborough Sounds and is beautifully designed to take full advantage of its location. The rooms are spacious, very comfortable and well appointed. Their best feature however is their balconies with their stunning views. Plenty to do here, swim, kayak, bush...More

Thank murrpark
Reviewed 24 January 2017

After advice from sensible locals, I decided to spend my last day here. I used Lochamara's boat, which gives you entry. I paid extra to see the static boat with underwater viewing, which was well-worth while. The grounds are amazing, with all sorts of quirky...More

Thank AntheaFG
Reviewed 13 January 2017

We were desperately trying to find something to do on the day a 6000 person cruise ship came in to Picton. Lockmara managed to accomodate us, and we had a lovely day exploring. We paid extra for the underwater boat, which was worthwhile. Our children,...More

Thank Libby S
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We took our family for Brunch over the holidays and it was a lovely break. Food was delicious service good but a little confusing. One brunch was forgotten, but the mistake was swiftly remedied. Beautiful surroundings!

Thank Karen624
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Everyone in the town of Picton raved about Lochmara lodge, and said it was a great place to visit with kids. And whilst yes, it was ok with kids, to be honest you can get the same sort of experience just wandering around the walking...More

Thank Meags M
Reviewed 28 December 2016

We stayed here over Christmas and had Christmas dinner. The place is really great and the staff are all wonderful, so helpful and they seem to really enjoy working there. Our room was great, really big and spacious and had everything you need. We stayed...More

Thank Rokrio
Reviewed 26 December 2016

I did the afternoon cruise trip as I was short on time. Loved visiting this sheltered island. Lochmara seems a bit magical even though it is only a short trip by ferry from Picton! The staff leave you to wander around and explore, and there...More

Thank Alanna S
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