We are located in Lochmara Bay on the tranquil shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
There are no roads to Lochmara Lodge. If coming just for the day, please go to our day trip page.
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 new office on the waterfront and our jetty is close to this building. There is a car park at the waters end of Wellington Street. From here it's only a minutes walk to the Lochmara water taxi. A map can be found here.
You can also kayak in, arrive via helicopter, or off the Queen Charlotte Track for walkers and mountain-bikers. We are also accessible by helicopter.
If arriving by methods other than our water taxi, please let us know when you make your reservation and we can give you appropriate instructions on how to reach us.
Water taxi departure times:
Depart Picton: 9am, 12.15pm and 3.15pm. Depart Lochmara: 11am, 2.45pm, 4pm (off peak) / 5pm (Oct – Apr)*
Adult $60.00 return. One way $40.00 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, a scenic 1.5 hour drive, 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.
Visitors are more than welcome at Lochmara to come and have a coffee and grab a bite to eat at The Café. If you would like to go further and explore our wildlife and art trails, view the animal feeding, free use of kayaks and beach toys or hike to the Queen Charlotte track you are more than welcome. There is an entry fee $12.00 per adult and $5.00 per child 5 – 15 yrs. You may also like to take a guided tour of the Underwater Observatory. Charge is $20 per adult $10.00 per child. OR purcahse a combo package for $25.00 per adult. $15.00 per child. Family group (2+3) $70.00.
A limited number of moorings are available for visitors with their own boat. We monitor VHF channel 63.
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