We spent two nights here on our honeymoon after a civil union. We enjoyed early morning kayaking (saw dolphins just off the beach from the lodge), delicious meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the restaurant, with views out over the bay, relaxing in many of the 50-odd hammocks and reading. There are star-gazing hammocks, hammocks with views, hammocks in the shade, hammocks in the sun... Double hammocks, single hammocks... We found the staff very friendly and accommodating. Our room was tiny; room for a bed and not much else and the bathroom was VERY tiny. But this was reflected in the price; we opted for a 'budget' room and splurged on good food. Even though the room was 'budget' it still had a great view out over the bay.
The lodge has a very special 'feel' with sculptures hidden around every corner and wonderful birdlife. We will definitely be back for another stay.
- 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