First let me say that we had a wonderful time at the lodge. The scenery, hiking, and food are outstanding. I would definitely recommend the lodge to friends who were not too concerned about the expense. You have to pay for the boat ride and the meals in the restaurant are pricey, though well worth it. The chef is outstanding.
We stayed for 2 nights in a lower priced Bay View Ensuite. If you can afford it, book a chalet as our room was shabby and the bathroom miniscule. We were in the far end unit so only had a peek-a-boo view. Friends who were there at the same time had a 2nd floor chalet and enjoyed a wonderful view and a much larger room with kitchenette. Still, it was not luxurious by most standards. But you're there to enjoy the the outdoors, not stay in the room, and for that reason, GO!
There's not much to do if it rains. The art on the grounds is mostly silly sculpture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great accommodation in 14 units & bay view chalets set on the tranquil shores of the Marlborough Sounds, a short cruise from Picton in our water taxi (Lochmara can easily arrange this for you, there are no roads to Lochmara). Explore the Wildlife Recovery & Art Centre, nature & sculpture trails, Queen Charlotte Track, art gallery, wildlife, free use of our kayaks, or relax on the beach, hammocks or Bath House spa. Licensed cafe/restaurant serving local and seasonal produce and local wines. ... more less
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- Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery And Arts Centre Hotel Picton