Lochmara Marlborough Sounds

Lochmara Marlborough Sounds

Lochmara Marlborough Sounds
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Lochmara is set on 11 acres of land with plenty of activities to keep all our guests entertained. Come and enjoy a way of life, noting there is no road access, Open yourself to the magic of the Marlborough Sounds at Lochmara. Set on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound, Lochmara captures the spirit and character of the Sounds: beautiful scenery, a passion for the natural environment and the unique lifestyle. Spend the day at Lochmara reconnecting with the kids. Explore our trails, or come and enjoy a meal at our café. Our day trip rates include Lochmara return water transport from Picton, free use of the kayaks and paddle boards, viewing of the land-based feedings of the native Kakariki's, pigs and eels and more...
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  • whitey7
    206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day trip but do the additional underwater observatory.
    Booked direct in the Office on Picton Marina Oct 2023. (Worth noting they were actually shut when we arrived but the lady was sitting outside waiting for her husband to pick her up and actually reopened to take our booking for early the next day. Superb service) You basically board the boat and have a nice ride out to the Lodge. Our day was overcast and damp so we didn't really get to appreciate the Sounds as we would have wished but it's nice all the same. The Captain was great, good info and always willing to have a chat. You then get off at the lodge and it's all very nice and clean. There is a restaurant there but due to timings, we didn't try it. There are various walks around with various wildlife etc. You can then board the underwater observatory (at extra cost but worth it). I'm sorry that I didn't get the girls name that shows you around but she was excellent. So passionate about her sea life world and very knowledgeable. She allows you to handle various marine life she has there, Starfish, Sea Cucumbers, Sea Snails etc. You then go downstairs, essentially underwater where you can view schools of fish and various other sea creatures. Again, she tells you all about them as though they are her pets and will answer any questions you have. It is so nice to see young people so passionate about their work and conservation etc. She made the day all the more special. You then re board the boat back to Picton Marina. Overall, a really nice day out.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Nick S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful location for a wonderful stay
    We had 2 wonderful days and nights at Lochmara, the staff were lovely and the serenity of the place even better. To look out on a peaceful and beautiful part of Marlborough Sounds was special. We stayed in a room with a balcony overlooking the sound which was clean, comfortable and had stunning views. The restaurant food and bar menu was limited, but that is what to expect when the only access is by boat. The restaurant food was prepared to a high standard and nicely presented, the menu didn't change while we were there but again what else would you expect from a small isolated hotel? This small compromise is easily acceptable given the location. If you have you children there are loads of things to explore and excite them too. Highly recommended
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • John the Pick
    72 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Wheelchair Accessibility
    My wife is in a wheelchair and must remain in it most of the time for safety reasons. We were looking for a day boat trip that would allow us to wheel her on and off the boat. Inquiring about Picton, we came up empty until we found Lochmara. We booked a day trip from/to Picton and we were not disappointed. We were able to roll my wife onto and off the boat. The staff was very helpful in keeping her safe, warm and happy. We enjoyed a good lunch and one of us got in a bit of kayaking before we had to head back and on to our next stop on our trip. In Picton, other than the ferry, this is probably your only option for a wheelchair friendly day excursion. It is also a very pleasant experience and we can highly recommend it
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
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John the Pick
72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife is in a wheelchair and must remain in it most of the time for safety reasons. We were looking for a day boat trip that would allow us to wheel her on and off the boat. Inquiring about Picton, we came up empty until we found Lochmara. We booked a day trip from/to Picton and we were not disappointed. We were able to roll my wife onto and off the boat. The staff was very helpful in keeping her safe, warm and happy. We enjoyed a good lunch and one of us got in a bit of kayaking before we had to head back and on to our next stop on our trip.
In Picton, other than the ferry, this is probably your only option for a wheelchair friendly day excursion. It is also a very pleasant experience and we can highly recommend it
Written 9 March 2024
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Geoff Eden
Suva, Fiji89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
A very cool place to stay , rooms were fantastic the meals exceptional and staff very attentive - we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay and would not hesitate to recommend this for a stopover for at least one night on the track .
Written 25 February 2024
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Nick S
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had 2 wonderful days and nights at Lochmara, the staff were lovely and the serenity of the place even better. To look out on a peaceful and beautiful part of Marlborough Sounds was special. We stayed in a room with a balcony overlooking the sound which was clean, comfortable and had stunning views.

The restaurant food and bar menu was limited, but that is what to expect when the only access is by boat. The restaurant food was prepared to a high standard and nicely presented, the menu didn't change while we were there but again what else would you expect from a small isolated hotel? This small compromise is easily acceptable given the location.

If you have you children there are loads of things to explore and excite them too.

Highly recommended
Written 12 February 2024
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Ryanbear
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Sounds has been a part of our lives for generations, and much more regularly over the last 8 years we’ve owned a yacht. We come over from Wellington at Xmas, Easter and long weekends as the weather allows - often with 2 other boats who also have families of 4. Lochmara has always been a favourite highlight of our trip. The kids love the sanctuary tour, and we have enjoyed multiple lunches, dinners and libations.

This has unfortunately changed under the new owner, who is the rudest, most inhospitable person you could hope to imagine - particularly to yacht owners. He really should have thought twice before deciding to buy a business in hospitality. If you’re unfortunate enough to pull up on a yacht and ask to moor there be prepared to be treated with such disdain you’ll want to get the heck out. This has been a consistent experience the last two Christmases, last two Easter’s, the last Opti regatta in Picton - and guess what - again today (yep we’ve stupidly kept trying). Funnily enough, with the number of empty moorings they have out front on what is a beautiful day, clearly others have had the same experience.

After spending literally thousands of $$ over the years, and trying to of late - you have won Lochmara. We’ll continue to go back to Punga and Ferneaux who actually know how to treat their guests.
Written 29 December 2023
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whitey7
surrey206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Booked direct in the Office on Picton Marina Oct 2023. (Worth noting they were actually shut when we arrived but the lady was sitting outside waiting for her husband to pick her up and actually reopened to take our booking for early the next day. Superb service)
You basically board the boat and have a nice ride out to the Lodge. Our day was overcast and damp so we didn't really get to appreciate the Sounds as we would have wished but it's nice all the same. The Captain was great, good info and always willing to have a chat.
You then get off at the lodge and it's all very nice and clean. There is a restaurant there but due to timings, we didn't try it. There are various walks around with various wildlife etc.
You can then board the underwater observatory (at extra cost but worth it). I'm sorry that I didn't get the girls name that shows you around but she was excellent. So passionate about her sea life world and very knowledgeable. She allows you to handle various marine life she has there, Starfish, Sea Cucumbers, Sea Snails etc. You then go downstairs, essentially underwater where you can view schools of fish and various other sea creatures. Again, she tells you all about them as though they are her pets and will answer any questions you have. It is so nice to see young people so passionate about their work and conservation etc. She made the day all the more special.
You then re board the boat back to Picton Marina.
Overall, a really nice day out.
Written 12 November 2023
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Passenger46813572456
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Well where do I start? First of all there was NO safety or emergency vacuation plan explained. The food was well below average a matter a fact I wouldn't of even given it to the pet pigs there. Very over priced and on the day we was leaving there was even 2 staff having a fight in front of our children. And we didn't even get a Sorry for our children seeing that.Rooms are below average and we have all been given a charge for a broken lamp in every room that seem abit funny too me and we asked the house keeping staff 3 times to please vacuum ours rooms and they never even got done once, so If there say the carpets are soiled well if there staff did as they were asked they wouldn't be. We had a day and half with NO hot water and when we asked about it we was told we had to wait for the maintenance guy to return in a few hours and then had to wait for water to reheat . Life jackets didn't do up properly and because we took a couple of fishing rods with us we was told we could only fish in places where we could not been seen by there staff. And they think my family are going to pay 240nzd for lamps that where not broken and cleaning of carpets well they can go and think again better still go get f____d because it's not going to happen,
Written 19 October 2023
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Kia ora We are sorry you feel you have had such a poor experience here at Lochmara when that wasn't the impression you gave us during your five nights with us. We accommodated your family in every way possible from booking, payments, arrival, enjoying your own food and alcohol in your room, family fun till late at night, and additional water transfers back to Picton for more drinks for your room. We got the impression you wished a family fun time to remember that was affordable by all - and we supported that in every way. Your family occupied four rooms, and as per our follow up email to you, three out of four of those rooms had some form of damage - the details were supplied to you in an email. The rest of your comments are yours to own, and we won’t be commenting further. We do welcome a conversation if you wish to do so directly with the owners – you have the contact details. We wish you and your family all the best and we are sorry you felt this was the way to handle our email to you. Ngā mihi nui Niki
Written 11 November 2023
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Lavina45
Nelson, New Zealand16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Really loved this place. It is super unique, Lots of trails and walks with hidden sculptures along the way. Comfy rooms and staff are very accomodating and the food was delicous. Lots to do such as free kayaks/paddleboards/glow worms and more. One of the best places I have ever been.
Written 17 April 2023
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Brynkoru
Blenheim, New Zealand241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Always on our list of places to go when we have visitors - especially younger ones from overseas - always plenty to see and do regardless of weather (although it’s always nicer when the sun shines) Spend all day here and you still will not see it all.
Written 14 February 2023
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Fabienne C
Mt Martha, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
We stayed in 4 different places along the Queen Charlotte track and this one was in our top 2 favourites. It’s awesome for families with kids as it has animal encounters (around 2pm pig feeding, eel feeding etc) and organised glass boat. They are very sustainable in their approach with waste.
The rooms are spacious and perfect for a family with 2 adults, 3 kids - best set up from all the 4 places we’ve stayed.

The hosts and staff are super helpful and friendly.

Lots of food options (relative to the other 3 places).

Wished we could have stayed longer!

Highly recommend!
Written 4 January 2023
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4chillis
Adelaide, Australia1,208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Lochmara Lodge was our third nights accommodation on the Queen Charlotte Track. It was in a gorgeous spot and the hosts were lovely - really keen for you to enjoy your stay. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Lots of activities available and gorgeous views.
Written 30 November 2022
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