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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 4554
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This unique centre provides an opportunity for nature-lovers to interact...

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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Lochmara sits in the stunning Marlborough Sounds and is beautifully designed to take full advantage of its location. The rooms are spacious, very comfortable and well appointed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
murrpark
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lochmara sits in the stunning Marlborough Sounds and is beautifully designed to take full advantage of its location. The rooms are spacious, very comfortable and well appointed. Their best feature however is their balconies with their stunning views. Plenty to do here, swim, kayak, bush walk ( either leisurely or serious walking along the Queen Charlotte track) and there is... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After advice from sensible locals, I decided to spend my last day here. I used Lochamara's boat, which gives you entry. I paid extra to see the static boat with underwater viewing, which was well-worth while. The grounds are amazing, with all sorts of quirky sculptures and buildings, loads of hammocks, and even a very overgrown labyrinth. Well worth wandering... More 

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Thank AntheaFG
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

We were desperately trying to find something to do on the day a 6000 person cruise ship came in to Picton. Lockmara managed to accomodate us, and we had a lovely day exploring. We paid extra for the underwater boat, which was worthwhile. Our children, 7,5,1 all enjoyed it. The older children fed stingrays and we saw a lot of... More 

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

We took our family for Brunch over the holidays and it was a lovely break. Food was delicious service good but a little confusing. One brunch was forgotten, but the mistake was swiftly remedied. Beautiful surroundings!

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Thank Karen624
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

Everyone in the town of Picton raved about Lochmara lodge, and said it was a great place to visit with kids. And whilst yes, it was ok with kids, to be honest you can get the same sort of experience just wandering around the walking tracks around Picton. Admittedly we're no good with the whole touristy boat cruisers, instead preferring... More 

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Cardiff,Wales
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

We stayed here over Christmas and had Christmas dinner. The place is really great and the staff are all wonderful, so helpful and they seem to really enjoy working there. Our room was great, really big and spacious and had everything you need. We stayed in the Karariki rooms. Whilst we didn't have any problems with noise our room was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016

I did the afternoon cruise trip as I was short on time. Loved visiting this sheltered island. Lochmara seems a bit magical even though it is only a short trip by ferry from Picton! The staff leave you to wander around and explore, and there really is a lot to discover. Close-up encounters with the animals on the island and... More 

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

An awesome day with lots of activities for everyone. We did kayaking, went for a bush walk, explored the park and fed parakeets.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

I didn't stay at the lodge but came over for the day from Picton. I got the boat at 9am and returned at 5pm and found I had plenty to do. I added on a walk through a bit of the Queen Charlotte track (an extra $10) which gives you a taste of it. I really enjoyed the animal feeding... More 

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2016

Spent two idyllic nights at Lochmara in the middle of our 4 week New Zealand trip. A great break from out North Island Travels and before our trip round the South Island. Comfortable room with balcony and great views across the bay. Lots of birdlife and the sculpture/art trail was fascinating and enjoyable. Excellent food in restaurant for breakfast, lunch... More 

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