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Cruise and Explore Lochmara

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover the idyllic beauty of the Marlborough Sound’s stunning Lochmara Lodge.

Highlights

  • Cruise from Picton to Lochmara
  • Explore, discover & play as you please!
  • Use of Kayaks & SUP's included
  • Set on 11 acres with bush trails throughout
  • See the Kakariki parakeets, Eels, Kunekune Pigs and Stingrays being fed!

This breathtaking destination truly has it all! Lochmara boasts stunning walking tracks among native New Zealand Flora & Fauna, an art gallery, café, accommodation and is a haven for wildlife!

We begin your outing with a relaxing cruise from Picton across the calm clear waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life and sea birds – we often spot Dolphins and little blue penguins en route!

Once you've arrived at Lochmara, you’ll be free to spend your time around the property as you please!

There is plenty to do including native bush trails with interpretation panels on the native flora and fauna, an arts shop, free use of kayaks & Stand-up paddleboards, a safe swimming beach, and a café overlooking the water for the perfect place for a drink and bite to eat. There is even a 3.5kms track to the Queen Charlotte Track.

You will also have the opportunity to see the native Kakariki Parakeets, Eels, Kunekune Pigs and Stingrays being fed!

A fantastic day escape and a brilliant way to see this amazing location at your own pace.

 

Add on Activity - Underwater Observatory

Get up close and personal to the Marlborough Sounds marine life! Our 40 minute fully guided Underwater Observatory tour is an absolute must-do activity when visiting Lochmara and includes stingray feeding and seaside touch tank. “See below the sea without getting wet.”

$20 per Adult and $10 per child – Bookme special SAVE 10%, simply add tickets as you proceed through the checkout.

Adult $60.00
Child $30.00 (up to 15 years of age)

What's included

  • Cruise to Lochmara Bay
  • Use of Kayaks & SUP's
  • See Kakariki parakeets, Eels and Kunekune Pigs being fed

Location

  • Reporting time is 15 minutes before the trip, directly to the Lochmara booking office on the Picton waterfront. Corner of Wellington Street and London Quay.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Departure from Lochmara at 2.45pm or 5.00pm. (4pm off peak)
  • Kids under 5 are FREE of Charge

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

4.6

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Meg from New Zealand wrote on 12 May 2019

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Super Amazing Day Out

This was a ten star day for us- from the moment we met the lovely staff at Picton, the day unfolded in the most wonderful, adventurous way. The boat trip with a couple of dolphins to greet us, across to the lodge where everyone was so genuinely kind and friendly- all the fun animals, even little friendly piglets pottering around. Truly magical- we were as charmed by everything as our three-year-old son. Feeding the pigs, eels and kakariki was a real treat. A big thank you to all the staff- Wonderful x 100!

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joanne clark from New Zealand wrote on 09 May 2019

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Cruise and Explore Lochmara

A beautiful setting with easy walks. Café and beach right at the boat drop off.

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Mark from United Kingdom wrote on 21 March 2020

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Trip out

Our second boat trip in two day’s .....only 15 mins to the resort on the boat so just a quickie. Very quiet due to COVID 19. The weather wasn’t too good so all we could do was walk or relax. We had a good lunch of a steak sandwich and set off up through the site to the Queen Charlotte Track to get some exercise and see the views. It’s a fairly easy walk uphill for an hour or so with some good viewpoints higher up. A few birds along the way but very few people. Our trip was curtailed as the boat had broken down and we had to leave an hour and a quarter early on another boat. It wasn’t a problem as the weather was closing in but no compensation offered which was disappointing.

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Denise Meager from New Zealand wrote on 19 January 2020

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Lochmara

What a fantastic day! Great staff, amazing spot and so much to do. Absolutely loved it and will be back again soon 🙂

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Steven from New Zealand wrote on 13 January 2020

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Excellent experience.

Very good day out. Everything is a little expensive though

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