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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Ranked #6 of 11 attractions in Picton
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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... more » 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. « less
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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65 reviews 65 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We have visited in January. The room is very good even though expensive. The food is not bad. What this place does not have is an atmosphere of being one with nature and the reason for this is simple. It is used a day trip for many many people. So during the day you have dozens of day trippers come... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Had a delightful nights stay at this great lodge. The grounds are really interesting with animals and art sculptures all over the property. Dinner was yummy and had a good nights sleep in the comfortable accommodation. Got up early and used the free kayak's as the sun came up on the mirror calm water which was wonderful. Had a nice... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

A good short boat trip takes you to this delightful place where we spent a day strolling round the paths, trying out the hammocks and enjoying the wildlife, both free and captive. The cafe provided good coffee and muffins in the morning and a tasty lunch too. Calm and restful.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Two of us took an evening trip including main course dinner in early December. We loved the walk round the sculpture garden with zany, witty pieces- we must have missed a few as they kept appearing in the trees. Dinner was excellent- I had smoked poussin which was delicious. It was quiet so our boat driver was happy to take... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - we've passed your comments on to the Chef to, the smoked poussin is a real favourite. Yes - you can walk around a dozen times, and still spot things you've never seen before, that's the magic of discovery :). Later in the season (after daylight saving) there are glow worms to spot too, which you... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Greeted by the news that we were 4 minutes too early to order lunch at 11.56am! The lovely site keeps calling us back but the unpleasant staff are a real put-off.

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Hi David - thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. We're really disappointed to hear this and have followed up with the cafe staff. They can't recall the incident, but we normally take pride in visitors feeling welcomed, and we'll make sure this doesn't happen again. More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

$60 for an adult on a water taxi to the much hyped up Lochmara area. Unless you're having a bath and/or massage, or indeed continuing on the Queen Charlotte Walk - it's just a circuit of hammocks; tree carvings; bees; sheep; pigs; a few birds in a cage and a restaurant...and if you're having the young ones in prams, it's... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're obviously disappointed that Lochmara wasn't to your taste - we want visitors to fall in love with Lochmara and the Sounds. Lots of our tracks are easily accessible with buggies, and we've noted that when we have visitors with buggies in the future, we'll be sure to point... More

Blenheim
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I can't recommend Lochmara highly enough. We went there for Xmas lunch and had a fantastic time. The 20 minute boat ride there and back was fun with great views of the sounds. The Lodge is hidden away in a large bay surrounded by native bush and trees. Feed the fish on your way up to the restaurant, relax in... More

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Jayne - awesome when dinner visitors take the time to go exploring. If you still live locally, think about getting a local season pass, then you can come out as often as you like :) Just call us and we'll give you the details. More

Hastings, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Loved the boat ride, lunch and wines at lodge, Spent almost two hours following and admiring the 2 large pods of dolphins oh my god what a highlight.

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thanks! Pleased you had a great experience. Once discovered, never forgotten. :) More

Blenheim, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Absolute must to visit during summer season. Opens end of September. Good selection of food and drink in cafe/restaurant and plenty to do for the kids - safe swimming. Easily spend all day there and a must is the feeding session after lunch of the wildlife including some very large Kune Kune pigs.

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review

Thanks John, to be described as a Marlborough Sounds treasure is a wonderful thing for us to hear. Gorgeous that the kunekune pigs (our living kitchen waste disposal units) are so well loved and so often a highlight for people. Thanks :) More

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