We returned to Lochmara Lodge after our first stay 4 years ago. We booked the great Kakariki Chalet again. The chalet was fine as before, lots of space, nice and tasteful interior, large bathroom, and everything was very clean. After our 33km day hike from Mahana Lodge to Lochmara Lodge we were happy to find an excellent BBQ buffet at the restaurant in the evening, an amazing choice of vegetarian, excellent and delicious warm and cold salads, stuffed potatoes, pizza bread, desserts and so on. Vegetarian stacks were also prepared for us from the grill –great and recommended! We also had dinner the next evening which again was delicious. The grounds are a great spot in the Sounds, hammocks all around, Punga people watching you on the lodge’s tracks, and the glowworms not to be missed when night is falling.
What made us rate this place only 4 points instead of 5 how it could be is mainly the fact that meanwhile a lot of day trippers are coming to Lochmara Lodge between 9 am and 6 pm, mainly families with young children using Lochmara Lodge and its grounds as a large playground running around, screaming, leaving toys and toddlers everywhere, and changing the restaurant including the verandah into a mess. We had the strong impression that Lochmara Lodge is even trying to attract more day trippers to come here announcing this family fun on their website. They even have a parrot with clipped wings near the restaurant during daytime to entertain the kids and parents by letting the (speaking) bird pass from shoulder to shoulder for photo taking. “He is happy”, we were told when we asked at the reception how this fits together with their attitude for environmental care and animal protection.
This leaves some mixed feelings, although the grounds, the suite and the restaurant were really great.
- 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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- Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery And Arts Centre Hotel Picton