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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554
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Ranked #8 of 14 Attractions in Picton
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This unique centre provides an opportunity for nature-lovers to interact with, learn about and...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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 attraction reviews
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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7 reviews 7 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Took the water taxi over to Lochmara Lodge for a day of adventures. Plenty of activities and great café/restaurant. Staff were all so friendly and welcoming. Recommend this place as a day trip to anyone.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I only spend a few hours at Lochmara, exploring the surroundings incl. wildlife. There are many spots with comfortable hammocks inviting you to hang out and take a break. Even a spot for star gazing at its best! :) Kayaking and other activities are possible too, just go there either to stay at the Lodge or to take a break... More 

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Ballina, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Lochmara Lodge was an ideal place to have a rest day after a hard day's walk. The food was fabulous and wait staff friendly. The animals were amazing and the glowworms and kakarikis are a must see. The flying fox was super and kayaking was superb - the seals were awesome! Don't forget to do the rope swing. Lochmara is... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Lochmara Lodge is a jewel in the crown of the Marlborough Sounds. Whether you are into Conservation, Art & Crafts, Food or Day walks this is the place to visit. The work of the team to ensure that the native Kakariki survive is to be commended. As you walk around the property you see art works along the tracks, they... More 

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