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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

#9 of 35 things to do in Picton Features Animals
Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
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Perfect Picton Day Trip

We spent a day at Lochmara Lodge in Jan 17. It is such a tranquil place with interesting trails and... read more

Reviewed May 22, 2017
aussieabroad2017
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Sydney, Australia
Nature and relaxing

We went there for a day, to recover from our intense first week of NZ road trippin'. It's a very... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2017
MathieuPriem
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Zwevegem, Belgium
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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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  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“day trip” (18 reviews)
“flying fox” (5 reviews)
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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

We spent a day at Lochmara Lodge in Jan 17. It is such a tranquil place with interesting trails and some wildlife information tours. Our kids were entertained by the kayaks and flying fox. They fed the local pigs and birds as well. The lunch...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2017

We went there for a day, to recover from our intense first week of NZ road trippin'. It's a very relaxing place; you can wander around, book some massage, kayak for a while (and see dolphins if you're lucky). We had a very sunny day...More

Thank MathieuPriem
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Enjoyed a beautiful sunny autumn day at Lochmara lodge. I saw animals I had never seen in the wild before, seals, blue penguins and stingray! Loved feeding the parrots and looking at all the art work and sculptures. Especially liked Crumpys Camp and the compost...More

Thank Vikki C
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

We kayaked here with the Marlborough Adventure Company (see separate review) First up- overall we had a great time. The lodge is perched over a stunning view of the sounds. The staff are well coordinated and it is a great experience. There is plenty to...More

Thank Steven L
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful place to stay. 5 star food. Really comfortable accomodation. Beautiful artwork throughout the place. Thankyou to Shane and his staff for making our stay very memorable.

Thank Glenys H
Reviewed March 27, 2017

After a 23.5 k walk really looking forward to hot shower but unfortunately the hot water ran out and barely enough water for one shower. In the morning still no hot water. Lots of blow flies in cafe but service was great and food good....More

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Reviewed March 25, 2017

I did the day trip here last minute since the kayak trips were booked and I am so glad I did. I had so much fun exploring the property. I didn't end up using the kayaks, but there are lots of walking paths with tons...More

Thank aknoble
Reviewed March 21, 2017

Well worth the $90 for the two of us to be boated over and back, and enjoy the walking tracks, see the kakariki being fed, and most fun of all was visiting the pigs.

Thank Sarah D
Reviewed March 3, 2017

Exotic or hippy? Funky location for sure. You will find you apartment among bushes, an art gallery and different zoos and farms. A river runs thru it. Free kayak to tour the inlet. Astonishing experience. I assume a great time for kids as they would...More

Thank An V
Reviewed February 25, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited today as we were walking the Queen Charlotte Track. The cafe was okay but the gardens and various exhibits were very disappointing. Most were quite rundown and simply untidy. The place needs a good spruce up.

Thank John A
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