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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Address: Lochmara Bay | Marlborough Sounds, Picton 7201, New Zealand
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+64 3-573 4554
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This unique centre provides an opportunity for nature-lovers to interact...

This unique centre provides an opportunity for nature-lovers to interact with, learn about and appreciate the unique flora and fauna of the Marlborough Sounds. The centre includes wild bird recovery, endangered bird and gecko breeding enclosures, and a self guided ecotour among native bush. Day/half-day trips include a boat cruise from Picton (Lochmara can easily arrange boat transport for you) on the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound, and an optional walk on the Queen Charlotte Track.

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Family focused. Staff meet you at the boat and explain everything in detail. Rooms well appointed. Lovely setting right on the coast.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 December 2015
Diane W
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

Family focused. Staff meet you at the boat and explain everything in detail. Rooms well appointed. Lovely setting right on the coast.

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Thank Diane W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

Lots to do here. After an enjoyable short boat trip across the waters, there are plenty of options here, including bush walking (tramping), kayaking, coffee and many other activities for kids.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Great hotel but expensive as they also charge for the water taxi from Picton and it's the same price as a day visitor, so we felt cheated by this and feel it should be free if you stay at the hotel or atleast reduced. I had a massage, was ok - nothing special and not worth the money. Restaurant was... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

Lovely place, nestled just under the Queen Charlotte Track. Some interesting things to see on site, such as pigs, and rare parakeets. A good onsite restaurant, if a little pricey, and we were treated very well by the staff there. A great place to go, just to relax.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

Picked up by water taxi at the end of day 3 of our walk and taken to this beautiful Lodge in Lochmara Bay, an absolutely stunning place in the Marlborough Sounds. Welcomed by Paula upon arrival and taken to our room. Rooms were excellent, staff extremely friendly and helpful and the restaurant served great food. Would recommend staying here at... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

We really enjoyed just meandering about the Lodge and its gardens. We took advantage of the free use of the kayaks and experienced our first sea kayaking adventure. We were not limited to how long we used them for and it gave us the opportunity to introduce our 10 year old to the sport in a safe environment. Only criticism... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Terrific day trip from Picton, so glad we stayed for the whole day. Loved the bee hives behind glass, the flying-fox and most of all the hammocks where our whole family snuggled up for a doze and a chat in the dappled shade. We will be back!

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Alice
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

Great stay & made better knowing that it was Eco-friendly. Rooms wrere average but offset by the friendly staff who went out of their way to deliver fantastic customer service. Would not hesitate to stay here again but would avoid the weekend when it gets busy with day trippers.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Very basic accommodation with very spectacular surroundings. Arriving half-dead after a grueling 4 hours of kayaking (my first time), didn't notice how naturally beautiful the lodge was until the following day. Great jump-off point for the Queen Charlotte Track. Had a great in-house deep tissue massage after walking the track! Heaven... Ladies at the counter were very helpful.

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Thank Rex Y
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

Boat ride very nice. Toured the island. Food too expensive for a traveler on a budget. Very nice view from the lop of the site.

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