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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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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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139 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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65 reviews
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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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13 reviews
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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 

Thank 795barryww
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

A nice range of spaces to relax in from in and outside dining, or layabout sofas and cushion seating. Great coffee and staff that are happy to cater to dietary / allergy requirements. Not a bad place to sit and sup beer and enjoy breakfast lunch or dinner.

Thank Leefluff
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The dinner menu has enough variety to suit most and the meals were very good and well presented. We enjoyed great service from two lovely girls from WA, Australia. The costs of meals nd wine does reflect the isolation of Lochmara. It's quite expensive to eat at the restaurant over a three day stay.

Thank Macham17
Picton, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

There was a long wait for our food as it was really busy. Theres plenty to do, sit and watch the swimmers, visit the animals or play the games. The food was nice, beer and wine a little expensive but didn't ruin a good day.

Thank dereck86
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

When stopping over in Picton and time to spare a boat ride out to Lochmara for lunch would be ideal. The food is tasty, the location beautiful and afterwards enjoy a walk around the grounds.

Thank Pollyjoan

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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, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
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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?