Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, Picton

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#4 of 10 in Wildlife in Picton
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The whole family will find plenty to do at Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, dedicated to conserving the area's plant and animal life. Check out the endangered bird and gecko breeding enclosures, and take a self-guided tour through native forests to spot wildlife. Grab a kayak to explore the bay, and then cool off by jumping into the clear water. Stop into the art exhibit spaces to see the permanent collection of New Zealand art as well as temporary shows. Have a soak in the bath house or schedule a massage (reservations required for both). The attraction offers accommodations and a restaurant as well. If you stay a few days or longer, opt for a day or half-day tour that includes a boat cruise around the area. Note the attraction cannot be reached by car; water taxis from Picton are your best bet, but you can also come by kayak, floatplane, or the Queen Charlotte trail for walkers and mountain-bikers. Arrange to visit Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre and other attractions in Picton using our Picton family vacation planner.
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  • May 22, 2017
    We spent a day at Lochmara Lodge in Jan 17. It is such a tranquil place with interesting trails and some wildlife information tours. Our kids were entertained by the kayaks and flying fox. They fed th...  more »
  • May 7, 2017
    We went there for a day, to recover from our intense first week of NZ road trippin'. It's a very relaxing place; you can wander around, book some massage, kayak for a while (and see dolphins if you're...  more »
  • May 3, 2017
    Enjoyed a beautiful sunny autumn day at Lochmara lodge. I saw animals I had never seen in the wild before, seals, blue penguins and stingray! Loved feeding the parrots and looking at all the art work ...  more »

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The greatest variety of accommodations in Picton clusters at the western end of Waikawa Road, all within easy reach of the ferry termil and waterfront. Options include hotels, motels, hostels, and apartments, designed to suit the tastes of the multitude of people arriving from North Island, or heading there. Farther east along the coast of the sheltered inlet you'll find camping areas and expansive resorts, while motels offer lodgings along the roads that lead out of Picton.
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