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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
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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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Beautiful location- lovely food

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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SOUTHAMPTON
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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. Tip top.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 balcony and sea views. The room was big, well appointed, modern and very clean. The... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the restaurant and all the staff were friendly and helpful. The only thing was the... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!

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Thank Emsy04
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81 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Redland City, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 highlight of the afternoon was definitely feeding the kakariki. These lovely parakeets flew down to... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

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

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Thank Diane W
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Lots to do here. After an enjoyable short boat trip across the waters, there are plenty of options here, including bush walking (tramping), kayaking, coffee and many other activities for kids.

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Thank Matthew K
Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Great hotel but expensive as they also charge for the water taxi from Picton and it's the same price as a day visitor, so we felt cheated by this and feel it should be free if you stay at the hotel or atleast reduced. I had a massage, was ok - nothing special and not worth the money. Restaurant was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Lovely place, nestled just under the Queen Charlotte Track. Some interesting things to see on site, such as pigs, and rare parakeets. A good onsite restaurant, if a little pricey, and we were treated very well by the staff there. A great place to go, just to relax.

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