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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 3 October 2013

This was one of my highlights whilst back in Picton and Queen Charlotte Sounds, where I spent my youth. I was there in May and it was picture perfect, peaceful at end of their season. Could not fault the accommodation, and it came with a kitchenette to prepare light snacks etc. (Not all rooms have that facitlity) I loved the...

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 16 August 2013

I went to Lochmara Lodge in 2011 and it was one of the highlights of my south island trip. My partner and I went in September during the world cup and our day spent at Lochmara was probably one of my favourites. The staff were more than accommodating and friendly. I strongly recommend borrowing the kayaks - I didn't want...

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Kirstie! And thanks for taking the time to write the review. It's always awesome to hear that people had fun, and that 'once discovered...never forgotten' is more than a tagline for us :). Hope you have had a chance to get out on the water since...and we still have the kayaks for if you visit us again. Thanks again.

Nelson
Reviewed 4 June 2013

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...

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. Your guesses are absolutely right - we work hard to keep costs reasonable, but bringing most things in by boat does have a cost impact. We cook everything fresh and from scratch, even all the baking (no pre-made muffin mixes here!). We also use some of our own produce, for example, herbs, honey and...

Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 May 2013

Loved my Lochmara stay! A short water taxi ride from Picton (the skipper even stopped to show us some penguins along the way) we arrived to Lochmara and were greeted at the jetty and shown our room. We booked the cheapest option 'Sharewater Unit' for $90 and even though it is very small, I still felt like it was a...

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Lisa! The Shearwater twins are our smallest and most inexpensive rooms - perfect for using as a base and exploring the area just as you describe. Thanks for the review and fantastic that you enjoyed your break with us. Keep an eye on our website/facebook page as we sometimes have pamper escape break packages for that promised next visit.

Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 20 May 2013

This was the last resort of 4 we stayed in on the QCT and although OK was probably our least favourite. It is a 4km walk from the main track and is otherwise accessible only by boat, a not inexpensive ride from Picton as I understand. The staff took longer than I would have expected to let us know which...

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and while the chef is delighted you rated his mussels, we're sorry the rest of your visit didn't stack up. I'm not sure if you're confusing some of your experience with somewhere else, as all our rooms have Queen beds, except the Shearwater Twins which have 2 singles. All in-house guests also get a free allocation...

London
Reviewed 18 May 2013

A lovely place a short boat ride from Picton with a tranquil and isolated feel. We stayed in one of the comfortable Weka Chalets, with a nice balcony with views down to the bay. The food was lovely (and plenty of it!), and the staff were always really friendly. Our only very slight gripes would be having to pay for...

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Hi - thanks for the honest and thoughtful review. We're pleased you had a positive experience at Lochmara. We're always looking for ways to improve - for next season we'll definitely look at better ways to keep any school education visits separate from Lodge guests. We've also introduced a free wi-fi allocation for all in-house guests too. Sadly we can't...

Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 April 2013

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...

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Lochmara, Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and congratulations on your anniversary :) It really is relaxing at Lochmara at this time of year and we're pleased you got to enjoy it. Much of the outdoor art work at Lochmara has been created to be in a natural setting, to become part of the environment...but interesting to hear different takes on it....

Reviewed 31 March 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...

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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

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...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 26 March 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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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

Thanks! We'd love to take credit for the stars...but mother nature probably deserves that one :)

Darwin, Australia
Reviewed 12 March 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...

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Lochmara, Marketing Manager at Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre, responded to this review

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...

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  • Beachfront
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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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Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Lochmara Bay
Price Range: $94 - $303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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“Bluebird room didn't have sea view but 2 steps from the door and all before you. Bed quite firm.”
 of 5 bubbles Flinger64, 23 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The Waki Chalet is the way to go !”
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“The best rooms are 12&14 bright and more quiet then the lower area. Rooms 8.9.10.11 are also great .”
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“Shearwater room is great value for money”
 of 5 bubbles greengreenjelly, 1 Jan 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in one of the bluebird double units - of which there are only two, I believe. If booking one of these, room number one has the better water view. If booking a "fantail family unit" which are in the same location, room numnber 3 has the better water view.”
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