We were on an annual business trip to the South Island and a wedding anniversary fell on a Friday so decided to give ourselves a treat with a weekend getaway. Opted for Lochmara after reading many reviews of lodges in the Marlborough Sounds and feel that we made a good choice. We treated ourselves to the more expensive option of one the Kakariki Suites and were pleased we did. The views were wonderful from the room and with its own little balcony we were able to sit outside with a glass of wine and really relax.
The bush walks were varied - easy walking for us old (70+) folks and we enjoyed all the sculptures etc dotted around the place. None of these were actually awe inspiring (and some 30 seconds sprayed around would have made them look a little better) but they created an interest and we loved the 'punga people'. With bird feeding, huge eels, and other wild life wandering around there was plenty to look at.
The food in the restaurant was first class - can highly recommend the smoked (on site) poussin and the ribeye on smoked cheddar potatoes.
With no television but extremely comfortable beds and pillows we found this to be a really relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable way of spending a couple of days
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery And Arts Centre Hotel Picton