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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554
Description: This unique centre provides an opportunity for nature-lovers to interact...
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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Fantastic place to stay

We had three wonderful days at Lockmara Lodge during our trip to NZ and this stay was the highlight. The ride on the water taxi from Picton set the scene with the skipper helping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Tom L
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had three wonderful days at Lockmara Lodge during our trip to NZ and this stay was the highlight. The ride on the water taxi from Picton set the scene with the skipper helping us on and off the boat with our heavy luggage. Paula welcomed us at the jetty and looked after us from there. The restaurant was excellent... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I had heard of Loachmara and we were on a cruise that stopped in Picton. I stopped in at the info desk in Picton and asked how to get there. The person said "ah, that is a hidden gem! You will love it". We went to the pier at her suggestion and paid $45.(AUS)/person at the tours desk. That got... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An interesting & picturesque location that makes for a good day trip. Eco sensitive & animals to observe

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Lochmara for us is just a skip from home but its our never fail "go to" place for visitors when they come... the staff are awesome and food and drinks are great ... it is literally relaxing in paradise...

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I can understand why Lockmara is popular with families but for a couple it was a big disappointment. Our initial room was motel-style with zero privacy, smack in the middle of a public area. The lodge staff was very accommodating and we paid extra to upgrade to a "suite" -- which was a larger motel-style room but did have a... More 

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Amberley, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

3rd time we have visited Lochmara, each time it's been amazing. So much to see and do if you want to, or you could just lie in a hammock and read a book!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Every time we visit the Marlborough Sounds we have to take the boat to Lochmara for a day trip. The restaurant is lovely with delicious food. My son loves to visit the birds and we all enjoy walking around the trail to see all the sculptures. Very entertaining watching people do the rope swing and nice just to relax on... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We bought a day trip pass from Picton to Lochmara. It included the water taxi and access to the walks around the lodge and wildlife areas. It also included use of the kayaks etc. We really enjoyed our time here overall. The walking areas behind the lodge are fantastic with loads to see and explore. Only downside was how crowded... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night as part of our Queen Charlotte Track walk. We were met by their water taxi and transferred to the lodge. The skipper was on his mobile phone as we boarded the boat, there were no other passengers. We had experienced such great hospitality throughout NZ and thought it a bit strange that he chose... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Coffee, wine or a meal it's the best location in the sounds. The food is nice - not amazing, but the setting makes up for it. Friendly welcoming staff nothing a problem.

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