P: +64 3 573 4554 | E:

How to get here

How to get here

There is no road access to Lochmara Lodge. We are reached by water from Picton in our fast water taxi located on the town wharfs on the corner of London Quay and Wellington Street. Lochmara has a booking office on the waterfront and right next to the "coathanger walking bridge". 

We also have access to the Queen Charlotte Track for those who are walking in.

Water transport departure times:

Depart Picton:  9am, 12.15pm and 3.15pm.                                                         Depart Lochmara: 11am, 2.45pm, 4pm (off peak) / 5pm (Oct – Apr)*Adult $30.00 one way. Child $15.00 one way. (5-15years)

Bookings are essential and please report directly to the boat 20 mins prior to departure. This can be booked when booking your accommodation.

You can NOT drive in to Lochmara, but you can drive as far as Mistletoe Bay, a scenic 1.5 hour drive from Picton, then a 2.5 hour walk.  Do not rely on GPS to locate Lochmara as some services can provide misleading directions. Failing to keep a reservation due to GPS errors will not be considered valid reason for a refund and you will be liable for your first night’s accommodation. For the record, our GPS coordinates are S41 13 71, E173 59 66

*Peak season only. Labour weekend to Easter Monday inclusive. Charter options are available for departures from Momorangi, Mistletoe Bay and Anakiwa, and for alternative times from Picton, subject to availability.

Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds

Lodge, Wildlife Recovery & Arts Center

Join us for a few nights stay, a day, a meal, or a longer stay and you’ll soon realise
"Once Discovered... Never Forgotten"

Day Trips or Accommodation or Underwater Observatory