Plan Your Visit Information

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Plan Your Visit Information

Things you need to know before your visit.

Seasonal Opening Hours

We close from June to September during the colder winter months. Check our availability calendar HERE for more accurate dates.

No road Access

You can NOT drive in to Lochmara. We are reached by water from Picton in our fast Lochmara water taxi located on the town wharfs on the corner of London Quay and Wellington Street.

Find out more about our Lochmara Water Taxi HERE.


Wireless internet is available free for our in-house guests. Please Note: Given our remote location WiFi isn't always strong or fast. 

Underwater Observatory

Guided tours are at 10.10am, 11.00am, 12.50pm and 2.45pm
Tours run once a day in May. Please check when booking.

Payment Facilities:

EFTPOS available. We also accept payment by Visa & Mastercard, but not American Express.

Wheelchair Access:

As wheelchair access is difficult. Please Contact Us if you need more information.

Prams / Strollers:

Although it is possible to visit Lochmara with a stroller, access is tricky in some areas. Backpacks are an easier option.

No dogs allowed

Dogs and other pets are not allowed at Lochmara to keep us aligned with the Department of Conservation (DOC) policy. You may see the lodge owners dog about, but he is there as a special privilage only.

Lochmara is not a Picnic destination:

We have a café with menu suitable for children and adults and prefer our visitors to purchase their food here. Occasionally during summer we will fire up our BBQ as a lunch option.

What to wear:

We suggest you bring insect repellent, sun block, sun glasses and a sun hat as New Zealand sun can be quite strong. Also bring you your swimsuit and towel if you'd like to swim at our beach. Bring casual shoes suitable for short walks if you are planning a day trip, more sturdy shoes if you are hiking the Queen Charlotte Track. Pack your camera and a light rain jacket if the forecast if for rain. View our local weather report HERE

Hiking in from the Queen Charlotte Track

There is a well maintained 3.5km side path down into Lochmara from the track, at the same standard as the Queen Charlotte Track. 

Moorings for Boats  and Jet skis

A limited number of moorings are available for visitors with their own boat (we monitor VHF channel 63) with a charge of $25 overnight, $50 during peak season. Overnight charge is waived if dining in our restaurant.  We also have a jet ski parking area. Kayakers also welcome.

Map of Lochmara