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Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery and Arts Centre

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Had the pleasure to spend a weekend at Lochmara recently and am already trying to work out when I cam go back. The service was friendly and efficient, the room (we stayed in the Weka room) clean and well appointed and the food at the Cafe? Amazing! Didn't get to experience all the activities on offer but loved walking around...

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Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Was only at the Lodge for 2 hours as part of their 'Happy Hour' deal. Enjoyed a nice snack and hot drink in the cafe before setting out to explore the grounds as possible. Will certainly visit again for longer and hopefully take advantage of the free kayak offer.

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Longmont, Colorado
Reviewed 7 May 2015

We booked Lochmara Lodge via Expedia for the next night and once we arrived in Picton and called the lodge in order to get further instruction where to park the car and taking the water taxi. That was when the woman at the other end of the line told us that it costs an additional NZ$ 55 per person (roundtrip)...

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

I would like to thank Frank S for her feedback, unfortunately our 20 minute conversation did not result in a resolution acceptable to both parties Below is an outline of the information which is currently and was on the Expedia Website at the time of this guest booking. Lochmara does have its own water taxi service but does not specify...

Yorkshire
Reviewed 21 March 2015 via mobile

Stayed in the 100 dollar room. Basic room but cheap, clean and everything you needed. Fab location with stunning views across the sounds. Great walks from the lodge. Free kayaks as well. The cafe was the only place to eat and I was worried it might not be up to scratch but it was some of the best food I...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 16 March 2015

Did a day trip. Water taxi ride was quick, even with a stop to observe a friendly seal. Spent 3-4 hours walking on Queen Charlotte track - fantastic views from the lookout. Enjoyed a wonerful share platter and fresh tap beer upon our return. A great day.

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Reviewed 14 March 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for one night in March. The location is great, easy to get to by water taxi. The rooms are lovely and clean and we had a nice balcony overlooking the water to enjoy a wine at night. The cafe for dinner is a bit pricy but the food is really nice so we didn't...

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Bristol, England
Reviewed 10 March 2015

Lochmara can be visited for the day or to stay in one of the comfortable rooms for one or more nights. It is reached by a 20 minute boat ride from Picton. There are day trip excursions offered on the dockside in Picton harbour or one can use a water taxi, or take advantage of the hotel shuttle boat which...

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Tasmania
Reviewed 7 March 2015

We walked the queen Charlotte sound track and this was our last night. The studio room was very basic and small. No seating, fridge, hairdryer, cupboard or washer - expensive for the price. Lounge is comfortable, staff were very friendly, dinner average, breakfast overpriced and our trampers lunch which they provided was inedible with very stale thick bread sandwich -...

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 25 February 2015

Lovely day at Lochmara. We enjoyed the freedom to walk around the property, visiting bird and gecko houses. Too bad the geckos were so shy! Loved the Punga People. Food and ice cream were great! Day visit only. My second time - would go again.

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Hastings, New Zealand
Reviewed 14 February 2015

Lochmara is in a stunning location and on a beautiful day would be hard to beat for scenery. It has its own fast water taxi to and from Picton and the fare is supposed to cover the run of the property but we found there was an extra $8 each to visit the other attractions - probably irrelevant in our...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
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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: $88 - $282 (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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