Only 15 minutes across the bay from Picton to the magical, scenic and idyllic Lochmara Lodge. Nestled among lush green bush, bordering the emerald green sea that is the Marlborough Sounds - the approach from the water taxi will not disappoint. The friendly, warm and welcoming staff ensure we truly feltl like "guests" and also that we were well informed of the many sights and activities for the children. Our room was fairly spacious, well positioned for the incredible scenery, warm and functional. The land surrounding the lodge encompasses many points of natural and enhanced interest for the family, including a replica bush camp (crumpys camp), flying fox, kuni kuni pigs, eels, native parrots, massive rope swing, kayaks, hammocks and nature walks. The restaurant was superbly located and oozed atmosphere - however was too pricey for us - so we had to suffice with a couple of cold brews accompanied by a bowl of wedges - then cook a meal in our room. The menu did look amazing though - but would have been quite expensive for a family dinner. The price probably reflects the isolated location and cost of transporting goods etc. We were very impressed with all aspects of this lodge and will most definitely be returning again. Tot op off the wonderful weekend we had the privilege of getting up close with a pod of friendly dolphins on the return trip to Picton.
- 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