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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre
Ranked #9 of 35 things to do in Picton
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Hastings, New Zealand
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3 reviews
“Awesome place”
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.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Helen R
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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thanks! Pleased you had a great experience. Once discovered, never forgotten. :)
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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119 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Marlborough Sounds treasure”
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.

Visited March 2013
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Thank John B
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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
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 :)
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Auckland, New Zealand
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“'great food”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

with an on site smokehouse their smoked poussin was delicious served on a parsnip mash with honey (from their own bees) glaze and their smoked cheddar potatoes under the ribeye was also very good.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Jo P
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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thanks - and the chef says thanks too. We try to do as much as possible fresh from scratch on site, great to hear that it's appreciated.
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Geelong
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Lochmara Lodge has pleasant surprises around each corner, great artwork from local artists, animals, fantastic scenery, free kayaks, brilliant food, comfortable accomodation with exceptional service from Bo and Saskia. Our group had a ball in our overnight stay at Lochmara, we will be back for sure.

Visited April 2013
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Thank plumma
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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you! And a special thanks from Bo and Saskia. Look forward to having you back :)
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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“wonderful day out”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Just had a day trip to Lochmara and can't praise it highly enough. ...the trip over from Picton was great with the skipper pausing to show us seals basking on rocks. From the moment we arrived we were treated with courtesy and friendliness. The staff were all great, the tranquillity of the place was fabulous, and there are plenty of animals around to entertain. A great place to unwind and simply 'be'. Shall definitely return

Visited April 2013
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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you for the lovely review. Always wonderful to have locals visit, and great that you got to enjoy the tranquil and quiet side of Lochmara in April. Hope to see you again.
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