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Lochmara Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Cafe, New Zealand, European
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Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
+64 3-573 4554
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the eggs Benedict for breakfast served with hot smoked salmon. Rarely have we had hollandaise sauce so light and airy, salmon so mouthwatering good or eggs so perfectly poached. A real treat. We first discovered the cafe after a walk through the sculpture park full of Punga people and of course had fish and chips, our standard test... More 

Thank Dennis M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning views for outdoor dining. Wide range of delicious salads and sharing plates such as nachos with salsa/avocado. Very friendly and helpful staff including students working whilst travelling. A most memorable experience.

Thank quipshot m
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant explains that they have a limited dinner menu on offer because they have to ship it all in (which is an expense). But how then do they manage to offer such a large range of items at lunchtime?

Thank OnTheRoadHome
pallmerston north
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Dropped off by water taxi as cheaper than Lochmara's pick-up/drop-off service. Paid for day-visitor wrist band & walked around premises. Very attractive and well designed walks although could not find a lot of the animals. Coffee was fantastic and at mainland prices, had a play in the kayaks with the kids - all free to wristband holders or staying guests... More 

Thank jcinpalmy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This place is a relaxing experience for all the family. Yummy food ( especially the squid & mussel's ), great coffee & a good range of drinks. So easy to spend a few hours here as the children play on the beach, have something to eat & then do a tour or walk. Highly recommend the marine tour & underwater... More 

Thank Y2699AYjuliam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We visited the Lochmara Lodge as part of a Water Taxi tour of Queen Charlotte Sound while visiting Picton on a cruise ship. They dropped us off at Lochmara Lodge for an hour so we had lunch at the café. It is in a beautiful location on the Sound with stunning views across the water. Food is ordered at the... More 

Thank tessacate88
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We always travel using our own boat and the team are really helpful with mooring and transport to the wharf. The food is great and the staff very friendly. It has to be one of the best spots in the sounds.

Thank flatwhitecoffee
Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

A brilliant location for breakfast, take the 9am ... 20 minute boat trip experience to get to Lochmara Lodge. Mark the very friendly owner operator is the Boat captain he takes you near the dolphins who are out to play. They have an informative biology guide pointing out the sea life to us while on board. You pull up at... More 

Thank kippilaw
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Highly recommend. Good coffee and delicious food with good portion sizes. Great location overlooking the bay, peaceful and relaxing. Loved the resident bird life. Friendly staff.

Thank Bronte_b491
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Idyllic place to have lunch a drink and a coffee. Lochmara cafe offers indoor and outside eating with a variety of meal choice for lunch. When the sun is shining and the breeze is warm there are plenty of areas to sit and enjoy the food and the views on offer. A must if you have exhausted your Picton stay.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$26
Cafe, New Zealand, European
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Bay 7201, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Lochmara Bay
  • Phone Number: +64 3-573 4554
Lochmara cafe is set right on the waters edge of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Cafe serves local and seasonal produce, local wines and great coffee. Come on over for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We can arrange water transport for you from PIcton. Charges apply. Free use of our kayaks, safe swimming beach, rope swing into the water, self guided tour of the property with information panels to learn about the local flora and fauna, daily animal feeding, flying fox, art gallery......Lochmara also has accommodation if you would like stay a night or two. We monitor VHF Chanel 63 if you are arriving with your own boat.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?