I´ve stayed for two nights in a twin room. The transport with the watertaxi to the lodge and back was easy and well organized, upon arrival we got a small introduction to the place and meanwhile our luggage was transported to the room. Everybody was very friendly and the sevice was good.
Not so good was the room, as my twin room was just at the back of another room, accessible by a very dark aisle. The room itself was dark, as there were only two small windows with no sight. It looked like a cheap motel room, thin yellow painted walls and the bathroom was very small, also in the same colour. The shower was small, and made out of plastic, with just a curtain as a door. Not appealing at all, but the room was clean, at a reasonable size, and the beds were comfortable. The other rooms with seaview looked the same. I´ve bought two internetvouchers, each 60 minutes and 7 dollars, but both were finished after around half an hour, and I found out they have a megabyte restriction, but I got two new ones after complaining.
The restaurant: Not cheap, but delicious!!! Lunch is around 18 dollar, it´s huge and amazing. The dinner is around 35 dollar, but really haute cuisine, it´s worth the money. Breakfast in the morning is also delicious, I´d give five stars to the restaurant!
The area is nice, there are a lot of things to see, animals (birds, geckos, glowworms at night, alpacas, sheep, pigs..), and inbetween is a lot of art, big scluptures, and a lot of information is given about the plants and animals. You can use kayaks for free. Walking from the lodge up to the Queen Charlotte Track takes an hour, the path is well maintained.
I´ve talked to a few other guests, and they shared my opinion: The location and the restaurant are fabulous, but not the rooms.
- 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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