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Review of Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre

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Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lochmara Bay
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26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful resort on Queen Charlotte”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Lovely room with a view of the sea, staff were helpful and friendly. Lots to do and see - including hammocks, animal feeding, free kayaks. Two problems - walls were thin and we could hear plumbing; pretty expensive for what you get...

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank weinyael
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thanks for your review. We do have rooms at a range of prices so hope there is something for varied budgets - we want to make the Sounds accessible and enjoyable for people as much as we can. All the activities, walks, kayaks, and everything else is available to everyone...no matter what room they stay in. Great to hear you enjoyed it all, thanks for the feedback!
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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53 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

A lovely secluded site. Good food with excellent service. The boat access only makes it a different place to visit. Some interesting animal conservation aspects & some charming paths through the site with unique art to spot as you go!
The stars from a hammock are amazing!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank john a
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thanks! We'd love to take credit for the stars...but mother nature probably deserves that one :)
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Darwin, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

I highly recommend Lochmara lodge, great location!!! I went there with my partner and we had such a wonderful time. There is so much to do there, such as kayaking, taking walks around the lodge to observe the artwork & wildlife. The rooms are special too with the view of water from the bed. Only downside is that the water taxis fare is a little expensive.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dan_Patrick01
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thank you! 'Wonderful time' is what we aim for. We try and keep the boat prices down as much as we can, but we do need to keep the boat afloat (pun intended) - and there is a relaxation pay-off in having no road access. Of course, you could get all adventurous and walk, bike, or kayak in next time :) Hope to see you back one day.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

What a great way to combine the arts, wildlife and a bit of luxury. We loved how we could spend hours wandering the grounds and keep finding new little things. The hammocks dotted around the place were fantastic. As was the art. The staff were all very friendly (including Lockie the dog!)

The menu was rather small and a bit on the expensive side so I wouldn't want to stay there more than a couple of days. But the food was just lovely - just not much variety that's all.

All in all, a great way to finish off our trip in a little luxury.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kiwilassee
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Thanks for the review - we'll pass your feedback on to the staff. Re the menu - everything is cooked fresh on site, so keeping the menu selective makes sure everything we serve is fresh. However, for guests that stay more than a couple of nights the Chef always adds something a little different as a special to add variety. Sample menus are available on our website. Thanks again for the kind feedback.
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Fortaleza, CE
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104 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Went there with my family for three days stay. Besides the beauty, there are so many things to do: kayaks, trekking, massage, relax at the Bath House, hammocks all around, glow worms, that wonderful luminescence in the water sea at night. The staff is soo nice! The food is delicious. I'll have to visit that lovely place again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LedaFortaleza_CE
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you! When we achieve 'wow' we know we're doing OK ;) The bioluminescence is cool to see. Hope you saw it by jumping in from the rope swing! Look forward to seeing you back again one day.
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Thames, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

A group of 3 couples, walking the Queen Charlotte Track stayed our last night at Lochmara Lodge. This was the friendliest place of the 4 nights we stayed along the track. Food was excellent, Grounds and animals an extra treat.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alison S
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
We think 'friendly' is important, so this feedback is very valuable for us, thanks. Jonathan Kari, our head chef, says thanks too.
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Drogheda, Ireland
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27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Here is one of the reasons that i hope to visit new zealand again some day. Such a beautiful place. Walks, hammocks. carvings, free kayaks, glow worms, scenery, and Food glorious Food. If you ever go to Picton leave your car and spend a night here and you will not be disappointed. On our trip out in the water taxi we had the pleasure of dolphins swimming beside us. We got a super sunny day here which was a bonus and we really had a superb stay and our room looked out on the bay...wow
Reilly Family ireland

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Phil R
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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thanks :) You're welcome back any time. Stay longer next time!
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Property: Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre
Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Lochmara Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Lochmara Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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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