My husband and I happened on Lochmara by accident a couple of years ago when traveling around the upper South Island. We loved it so much we made sure to include it in our itinerary for our Dec/Jan 2010-11 holiday trip to New Zealand. Lochmara Lodge, simply put, is elegant, casual, exciting, relaxing and educational--all rolled up together. The chalet rooms are great--but don't expect big hotel amenities. No TV, no phone, small shower, no frou-frou toiletries--but they're clean, big, have a 'frig and microwave, and an absolutely breathtaking view of the sound.
One thing that attracted us to the lodge on our first NZ visit was the wildlife recovery program and the lodge’s ‘green’ practice. It’s immediately obvious upon arrival at Lochmara that they take sustainability serious. Cudos—keep up the good work!
The trails around the lodge are great--something different around every corner. We were pleased to see the Alpaca are still at Lochmara along some new additions--pigs and sheep (loved the little piglets!). There was some slight trail damage from all the rain, but it only added to the overall charm. The glowworms and phosphorescence are amazing. Loved walking through the little orchard!
The cafe is excellent. Pretty good beer and wine selection (wish there was more Chardonnay). Prices are a bit steep, but considering the remote location and quality of the food, worth every penny. Ella was great!
We loved all the artwork, including the computer circuit board light fixtures (great idea for recycling!)!
My husband and I spent many hours over wine discussing the work that must have gone into creating this wonderful place, and planning our next visit!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lochmara Lodge - Wildlife Recovery And Arts Centre Hotel Picton