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Lochmara Cafe

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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte...
Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cafe serves local and seasonal produce, local wines and great coffee. Come on over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We can arrange water transport for you from PIcton. Charges apply. Free use of our kayaks, safe swimming beach, rope swing into the water, self guided tour of the property with information panels to learn about the local flora and fauna, daily animal feeding, flying fox, art gallery......Lochmara also has accommodation if you would like stay a night or two.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Great Dinner

The menu was perfect for this fabulous place in the Marlborough Sounds. We had 3 course meal, to temping not to. Great Chef Thank you

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Picton, New Zealand
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Picton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The menu was perfect for this fabulous place in the Marlborough Sounds. We had 3 course meal, to temping not to. Great Chef Thank you

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We used Lochmara as a mid-point destination for our walk. It was a great break and on a fine day offers heaps of activities. Staff were friendly and most accommodating.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We took friends on our boat to lunch here. We all ordered the fish chowder and oh how disappointed we all were. $24 a smallish bowl which had no flavor and virtually no seafood in it at all. Mostly white sauce with a little potato. In contrast we are having the same today at Jester House by Mapua - absolutely... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We visited on a weekday in termtime, so it was relatively quiet. The staff were lovely and the coffee and cakes excellent. Outside Lochmara is full of interesting things to see but so is the café - the photo wall of the place being built, the wall of handprints, the art - so it's a good place to relax.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had spent the day kayaking, fishing and walking and walked nearly an hour to get to this restaurant. We were really looking forward to a good meal hopefully featuring a good range of the lovely seafood the region is so well known for. We were very disappointed therefore to only find farmed salmon on the menu and really the... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

What more can you say about a café perched on the edge of the water like this one is. Staff friendly and even gave our children some bread to feed the resident little fish off the wharf! Watch out for plenty of wasps about but they are not aggressive.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I had the Eggs benedict, was superb and you can not get a better environment to eat in. Peaceful view overlooking the bay. Stunning

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

After spending four days boating around Queens Charlotte and Tory Channel we spent our last night moored here. Very friendly staff. They couldn't do enough for us. Nice walk around the bird sanctuary. Meals were absolutely delicious and of very large portions. This was our pick of the sounds. Real value for money. Although we didn't have our children or... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

What I love about this place is its superb service with regards to mooring. It seems to be the only lodge on the Sounds that we have been to which has an attendant at the jetty. This is a fabulous, first class service that makes a big difference to boating visitors and has to be commended. We were too late... More 

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SOUTHAMPTON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

I visited here several times over a two week period in January and have to say its one if the nicest places I've visited, considering its combination of friendly and efficient service, fabulous food and a great location to share drinks, food and fun with friends. There is a buzz around the place as children enjoy the animal tour, or... More 

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Additional Information about Lochmara Cafe

Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Lochmara Bay
Average Prices: USD 20 - 24
Cuisine: Cafe, New Zealand, Pacific Rim

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Lochmara Bay
  • Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 24
  • Cuisine: Cafe, New Zealand, Pacific Rim

Description

Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cafe serves local and seasonal produce, local wines and great coffee. Come on over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We can arrange water transport for you from PIcton. Charges apply. Free use of our kayaks, safe swimming beach, rope swing into the water, self guided tour of the property with information panels to learn about the local flora and fauna, daily animal feeding, flying fox, art gallery......Lochmara also has accommodation if you would like stay a night or two.

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