Museums in Picton

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Museums in Picton

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  • Helen D
    4 contributions
    This is a must-see when you are in Picton. The museum has interesting stories and artifacts but the fact that you can actually walk on the ship was pretty amazing.
    Written 28 May 2023
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  • rosemary marriott
    Napier, New Zealand40 contributions
    This museum has much of interest including a comprehensive display of the whaling history in the area. We were in picton for captain cook's 250th centenary celebrations but the museum failed to mention this auspicious occasion or have a special display for it. There was no children's area but my granddaughter enjoyed the pioneer life area without getting bored.
    Written 22 January 2020
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  • Gemma R
    Wellington, New Zealand366 contributions
    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
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