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Lochmara Cafe

$$$
Café, Seafood, New Zealand, Pacific Rim
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Sound Marlborough | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 27
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Friendliest staff and lovely location

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Bridget B
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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88 reviews 88 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Upon arriving at the cafe we were greeted by loads of people enjoying the outdoors. We were surprised that considering the amount of people there were, we got our coffees quickly. Was so relaxed we decided to stay a while and have a coldy and chips which were great. Would highly recommend and hope to return for a proper meal... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

We stayed a couple of nights here so had breakfast, lunch and dinner here. The breakfast trifle was a winner. The pork belly burger for lunch was scrumptious and my favourite was the cod for dinner although the lamb was a very close second. Lovely simple flavours through out with plenty of fresh vegetables. New Zealand cuisine at its best... More 

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New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Lunch at the cafe was beautiful, simple food done well. I had the chowder and was not disappointed. Lovely staff, unsurpassed views and location. Activities for the kids (small additional cost $2) included art trail, feeding birds and animals, rope swing into the sea and kayaks. We arrived at 11.30 and reluctantly left 2 bottles of wine later at 2.30.... More 

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks! Love the combo of kids exploring and adult relaxation, just what we're aiming for in January. Hope you can come back and stay longer next time - the earliest boat is usually 9am and the latest boat in summer is usually 5pm return (or 8.30pm for dinner cruise visitors). See you again, we hope. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sound Marlborough | 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 23 - 27
  • Cuisine: Café, Seafood, 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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