Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre
Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre
4
About
Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre is a unique facility where artists from around New Zealand create and showcase artwork in a variety of mediums. The centre comprises two indoor galleries, an 11-acre sculpture trail amidst native bush, an artists-in-residence studio, and regular workshops. Day trips include a boat cruise from Picton on the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound, and an optional walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Wildlife Recovery Centre, cafe, and accommodation also on site.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.


We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles20 reviews
Excellent
7
Very good
8
Average
3
Poor
1
Terrible
1

Gemma R
Wellington, New Zealand350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visiting Lochmara has been on our 'to do' list for several years after family had been over and recommended it.

A short ferry ride into the beautiful sounds from picton (approx 15 mins) takes you to somewhere that feels like you have escaped to Fiji or somewhere. The picturesque view, hammocks dotted all over the grounds and lovely island style umbrellas out over the cafe add to the environment where relaxation is forced. Staff were friendly and informative right throughout the entire premises. We paid extra to visit the underwater observatory. This is a must do attraction at Lochmara, with a seaside touch tank, getting up close and personal with the stingrays (you can even feed them if you are up for it) and a 40 minute guided tour into a permanently moored boat that has underwater viewing for all the sea life. An outstanding part of the experience. The cafe has a small selection of food, all of which we tried was scrumptious and wholesome! (You are not allowed to take your own picnic) plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. A day trip is wonderful but if you want to stay they do have lovely accomodation. The wildlife experiences were fantastic, feeding pigs, hand feeding kakariki and eels. So much fun! Free sunblock available in the cafe if you run out like we did. There were plenty of kayaks and paddle boards available to use in the safe and calm swimming beach. When the tide is in be prepared for there to be no beach at all, however once the tide went out the beach was beautiful. You are able to change the time of your return ferry if you need more time (subject to availability) we loved how sustainable the lodge was, all the food scraps from the cafe feeding the pigs, catching their own fish for the stingrays, all the glass.bottles go into their own onsite glass crusher and get laid out like a glittery sand on the walking paths.

Some things to note, that we would of rated a 5 star had it been different. Onsite facilitys such as ablution blocks were limited and the toilets at the cafe didn't look or smell particularly clean. There is one further up the hill that was far nicer. Often a large wait to use the toilet as there isn't enough to cater for the volume of guests. Also no changing room facilities so often waiting to use the toilet while other guests were in them getting dressed after swimming.
The grounds were not particularly all ability access friendly, we were not aware before our visit that all the walking was up into the hills. My mobility isn't fantastic so we were unprepared for a lot of uphilling. Take your comfy shoes and if you are in a wheelchair there won't be much of the walking tracks/ attraction points within the venue that you will be able to do.

We had a brilliant time and just loved being there!
Written 12 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

private2018
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
We checked the accessibility before we went, via phone and at the Picton office. We were told it was accessible, this was not the case. We are very agile wheelchair users, we couldnt even access the entrance without assistance from staff. The staff were very obliging but that was not the point.
Written 4 January 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Buzz607
Hemel Hempstead, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Beautiful establishment in peaceful surroundings only a 20 minute boat ride from Picton. Once there you can swim, walk, kayak, feed visiting stingrays and eels and explore the underwater marine observatory. Whether just visiting for the day or staying in the lovely accommodation you will get a warm welcome from everyone on the team. The food is excellent and the pamper session in the Bath house luxurious.
Written 16 December 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AIP751
Picton, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
When the sun is shining and the family want a day to remember, we board our little 22 foot yacht and sail across to Lochmara Bay, tie up on one of the Lodge's many moorings and are ferried across to the jetty. It's a beautiful restaurant to wine and dine, with large wooden outside tables as well as an indoor dining room. Children can use the Lodge's kayaks, or explore the farm park or feed the fish. Brave ones can use the rope swing into the sea. Great excitement! All in all, it's always a day to remember!
Written 28 August 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paul D
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Decided to take a one night detour while walking the queen charlotte track. Was a really good decision. What a fantastic place. Friendly staff. Awesome meals. If your feeling abit weary you have to try there hot tub to relax in with the fantastic view. Well worth the money. Very arty & wild life conscious. Uf your not walking the track take a water taxi over there for the day or a night stop over.
Written 9 April 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anne H
Sun Lakes, AZ310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
While visiting Lochmara Lodge for the conservation tour we walked around and enjoyed the art displayed through out the property. Our guide told us how people come to Lochmara to help with the conservation and they get free room and board. All they are asked is to make a piece of art to leave behind. Therefor we saw some very interesting and beautiful pieces that were very much at home in their environment.
Written 20 March 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jenny L
19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
The views were nice, free kayaks good but where is the wildlife? There was one species of bird in the native bird enclosure and after walking around we only saw one pig and a tame parrot that hangs out by the cafe on his perch. Bit disappointing when it's sold as a wildlife haven and conservation area. I feel this is a gimmick.
Written 19 December 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

andyanne58
Stamford, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
we were staying at Lochmara and thought we may have to pay over the odds in the restaurant as obviously once there there is no other option for dining.
But, we foung the prices reasonable and the food excellent.
Wine by the glass was also reasonably priced.
Written 18 April 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bjornsam
Stockholm, Sweden150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
There are numerous installations, and everytime you walk around, you will see some more you previously missed.
Written 8 January 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gofindjp1
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We decided to take the launch across Queen Charlotte Sound to Lochmara Lodge and Arts Centre and found a beautiful village with much to offer. We were immediately in chatty conversations with the owners and their friends and enjoyed a delicious brunch. Strolled around the latticework of bush pathways past wildlife sanctuaries, art galleries and hidden therapeutic rooms. It was amazing, we were instantly drawn to this place. It looked like everyone there was in the same state of mind. Like when your soul is completely at rest. Beautiful amenities with outdoor loungers, broad balconies, thatched umbrella covered tables, a private beach, sculptures, fish by the hundreds in the crystal clear waters, the haunting songs of native Tui and Bell birds punctuating the natural setting. Magic. Next time we'll take a cabin and stay a while.
Written 6 October 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 16
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

LOCHMARA LODGE ARTS CENTRE: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre


Restaurants near Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre: View all restaurants near Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre on Tripadvisor

All Picton HotelsPicton Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Picton
All things to do in Picton
Theatre & Concerts in PictonDay Trips in Picton
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire