We only stayed in Lochmara Lodge for one night. We were so disappointed when we arrived to think we would have to leave the next morning. It's in the most wonderful situation on the sounds, which we got to by water taxi courtesy of the Lodge.
The villa we stayed in appeared to be very new. It was huge, beautifully decorated, and had a huge shower big enough for two. However, despite how lovely the villa was, it's everything else here which makes the experience - free kayaks, a rope swing!, animals, hammocks to lie in, a glow worm dell, an excellent restaurant, and many more things which we just didn't have time to do.
It makes me smile to remember we turned off the jetty light and threw stones into the water in the dark of the night to see the glowing phosphoresence in the bay. (We were too chicken to use the rope swing at night which we were told was the best way to experience the phosphoresence and too stuffed from the lovely restaurant food!). One other reviewer mentions the stars - they really are quite extraordinary. It's hard to believe that there are so many stars in the sky and that they are so bright. In a city like London, which is blighted by light pollution at night it's very easy to forget they are there, and looking up in the night sky at Lochmara was truly an astounding experience.
I can't wait to return to New Zealand, and when I do I will make sure that I spend at least a few days at Lochmara to experience everything they offer.
- 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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