Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

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Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre
4.5
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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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786Nicola
Ashburton, New Zealand84 contributions
Great place
Apr 2021 • Friends
Wow what stunning views!!
The staff in restaurant were great and food was fabulous, we were a group of 14 and loved all meals. Great views and atmosphere.
Also worth paying the extra money to do the bush walk with some amazing cravings in the trees you can walk past them and not see them so look up in the trees.
Written 25 April 2021
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William
Wellington, New Zealand38 contributions
A beautiful spot for lunch with family and friends
Mar 2021
We popped in for lunch on a sunny day and it was heaving - kids, parents, older people, kayaks, motor boats, yachts. Idyllic.

The food was tasty and generous, and served by friendly staff.

A great experience.
Written 28 March 2021
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Jana D
New Plymouth, New Zealand75 contributions
Nice place but out of school holidays
Jan 2021
A great spot but got a bit too popular over the years! Lots of day trippers so plan your stay outside of school holidays if you can.
Written 16 March 2021
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Brynkoru
Blenheim, New Zealand208 contributions
Good day out
Feb 2021
This is a stunning location and the water activities are real fun with crystal clear water and safe sheltered bay - some of the wildlife attractions and other points of historical interest are looking a little dated and could do with a revamp and the paths are not easy to follow and not suitable for the elderly or those unsteady on their feet.
However this did not spoil our day out at this great little spot in the sounds.
Written 24 February 2021
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Lochmara
Hello thank you for taking the time to review. Lochmara is located in the Marlborogh Sounds and been created on a hill. The paths meander over 11 acres of art and nature trails and not in a loop so do recomend good walking shoes if venturing futher than the cafe. The paths are challenging for those unsteady on theri feet and we also recomend walking poles for this. I am please you did bring your walking stick with you
Written 25 February 2021
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Karen E
Cambridge, New Zealand36 contributions
Wildlife and good walking
Feb 2021
Hard to choose what to do for a full day, but went with a day at Lochmara and we made the right choice. The booking was simple, every member of staff we met were warm and friendly and we had a fun day packed with wildlife experiences and decent walking. We paid extra for the underwater observatory and the private bath house and both were excellent value for money. The cafe food was delicious and had a great selection of light bites and fuller meals.
Written 9 February 2021
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Lochmara
Hi Karen, Thank you for your positive review and pleased you enjoyed your day and made the most of what Lochmara had to offer
Written 25 February 2021
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Marlb75
Blenheim, New Zealand18 contributions
Do a little or as much as you like....you can even book to stay overnight
Jan 2021
Do as little as you want or get back nature and go for a long walk...

Loved the boat ride out there especially from the back of boat. Once there my friends and decided to talk a walk and we weren’t disappointed with the views as we climbed. On the way back down (and kind of following the map) we discovered more interesting spots. Once back at our starting point, it was lunch and wine time... yummy food. We when got ice cream and headed to the small beach area and watched our friends two boys go out in the kayaks and paddle boards. (There were included along with the boat ride there and back)

The staff were wonderful and so was the boat skipper who took us out and back
Written 23 January 2021
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Enz fan
4 contributions
Great bay, but don’t eat there
Jan 2021 • Family
Took the day trip - if I went again I would eat lunch in Picton rather than have to queue for 30 minutes to place an order then wait for a further hour for the meals. The meals were ok - nothing special.
Also paid for the underwater observatory- pretty underwhelming and not worth the money. It was supposed to start at 3.30 - started 10 minutes late - don’t bother with it - spend your time on the beach or looking around or a walk instead.
The bay is beautiful, great to kayak and swim there.
Although they had a shortage of children’s life jackets (most had broken zips).
Beautiful bay - stunning scenery.
They are under prepared in peak season - and here I was thinking that nz tourist companies were desperate for our dollar.
Staff not very helpful when I asked when my meal will arrive - this and the wasted money on the underwater observatory ruined a good day.
Written 13 January 2021
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Lochmara
Thank you for your review and apologise you were underwhelmed with your day. Life jackets have all been checked and rechecked and replaced where required. Picton and venues around the Marlborough Sounds have always historically been a destination for Summer holidays and when the weather is great everyone comes out to play. The end of December and the first 2 weeks of January are the ultra high season. Wait times for food is displayed and kept updated. I do hope you enjoyed teh rest of your Summer holidays
Written 25 February 2021
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MichelleandJase
Christchurch, NZ24 contributions
Great family day out
Dec 2020 • Family
Great family day out. Very laid back, great cafe restaurant with good options for kids and adults and lots to see while onshore. We took the 10:30am boat over and 3:45 back so around 5 hours there and that felt about right. Beach is safe and great for swimming, kayaking and SUP, and the underwater experience was well worth it if visiting with kids. Lots of things to see while out and exploring - birds, animals, crumps camp etc. Not too touristy which we loved, just a relaxed and well catered spot for a day out. Recommended for family's.
Written 30 December 2020
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Lochmara
Hello Mithcell, Thank you for your positive review. You certainly made the most of your day by seeing and doing all on offer, Crumpy's camp is pretty cool. the 10.30 am departure is available in the Sumer when our 0900 to 2.45 pm is fully booked and offers about the same amount of time. for families wiht out the kids getting too tired at the end of day.Of course when the kids are older 5.00pm return is an option
Written 14 January 2021
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Gabby J
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
A special get away or a special function.
Dec 2020 • Business
What a beautiful place to stay. Paula the lady in reception makes you feel so welcomed. She walks you to your room and tells you the amazing things that a available for you to enjoy.

My room was lovely and Sunny with beautiful views across the bay. The beds are so comfortable. It’s almost like you’re sleeping on a cloud. Your whole body is supported.

The food we had for dinner was so fresh and very flavoursome. They can also cater to your special dietary needs.

All the staff a friendly and helpful.

Lochmara is a hidden gem
Written 12 December 2020
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Lochmara
Hello Gabby, Thank you for your review. Paula along with all the staff endeavour to ensure our guests enjoy their stay and we are certainly fortunate to have a chef passionate about his food. We are pleased we met your expectations and hope you had a lovely Christmas
Written 14 January 2021
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Sveta B
Napier, New Zealand22 contributions
Disappointing
Nov 2020 • Couples
Clean room, but very dissatisfied. Very pricey for the ordinary room, what was
presented as luxury. Shower is out of order, water too cold ot too hot and also design of the shower not prevent water to flood the bathroom. No view of the see,you can see directly the roof of backpackers
Written 28 November 2020
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