Magical Marlborough Sounds
Departing Wellington, this blissful escape into the magical beauty of Lochmara Bay will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated
Escape into the beauty of Marlborough
From $818* per person
*Two nights, based on share twin, travel September to May 2020, enquire today for other travel dates
Departing Wellington aboard an Interislander ferry, you'll sit back in the comfy sofas of the Plus Lounge where you can enjoy a complimentary cooked or continental breakfast. As you cruise through the Sounds in the late morning, you can even enjoy a taste of Marlborough, with complimentary wine or beer.
After arriving in Picton, you will then sail north up the Queen Charlotte Sound to your final destination - the incredible Lochmara Lodge. There, nestled amongst the bush-clad hills of Lochmara Bay, you will relax and unwind in pure isolation.
Day 1: Morning
Departing from Wellington Interislander Terminal, the first leg of your great escape is a voyage of discovery. While cruising through Wellington Harbour, you'll take in the famous sights of Oriental Parade, Matui Island, Eastbourne and the historic Pencarrow lighthouses.
Heading out onto Cook Strait, you'll be travelling north to where two seas meet. On a clear day, you'll see Cloudy Bay and Blenheim on the far shore with the Kaikoura mountains rising in the distance. On the Wellington side, you'll see the wild hills of Cape Terawhiti.
The hour-long passage through Cook Strait is an ideal opportunity to enjoy our Plus Lounge, with comfy sofas and complimentary food. During the morning sailing, both cooked and continental breakfasts are available with juices, teas and coffees. This is followed by Morning Tea, with cakes, pastries and a hot and cold buffet.
The final chapter of an incredible voyage is spent sailing through the sheltered the Marlborough Sounds - a safe-haven for marine and birdlife. As you cruise through the Tory Channel, there is an excellent chance of seeing dolphins and several native bird species, along with the awe-inspiring scenery of Marlborough.
After a sharp turn around Dieffenbach Point, you will be on the broad Queen Charlotte Sound (known locally as Totaranui) and soon the twinkling town of Picton will be visible in the distance.
Day 1: Afternoon
After arriving in Picton, you will transfer by Water Taxi across Queen Charlotte Sound to Lochmara Lodge.
Once checked in, you’ll have time to do as you choose. Explore eleven acres of native bush trails and conservation projects around the lodge, or try your hand at kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or swimming at the beach by the lodge. Alternatively, you can visit the native kakariki parakeets, eels, kunekune pigs or feed the stingrays. If you feel like simply chilling out, then take a stroll around the café art gallery and sculpture trail.
In the evening, you'll enjoy a spectacular dinner, taking in the breath-taking views while dining in the Lochmara cafe & restaurant.
There is no schedule and no need to set your alarm. Simply get up in your own time and head to the Lochmara Cafe for a relaxing breakfast overlooking the bay and the native bush.
One of the highlights of Lochmara Lodge is their unique Underwater Observatory - a glass-bottomed boat that rests above a stunning reef-garden. While sitting below deck, beneath the water, you’ll see the stunning Marlborough Sounds from a whole new perspective, with carpet sharks, stingrays, crayfish, blue cod, tarakihi, conga eels and diving shags all frequent visitors. After being immersed in Marlborough's sea life, head back ashore to feed the local stingrays and experience NZ marine-life first-hand in Lochmara’s seaside touch tank.
During the afternoon, you can relax in a hammock, take a stroll through the bush or treat yourself to an indulgent and relaxing massage in the Bathhouse.
Start the day with a long, relaxing, breakfast at the lodge. Then savour the serenity of the Sounds one last time before our Water Taxi arrives and transfers you back to Picton for your return Interislander journey.
Lochmara Lodge: 4 Star
Set on the water's edge in Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound, you’ll be experiencing a way of life where the only access is via foot or water transport.
Lochmara has a 3.5km walking track to the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track and offers unique and memorable New Zealand experiences. You’ll get to learn about, interact with, and appreciate New Zealand’s native flora, fauna and art while enjoying a magical Marlborough Sounds escape.
Room type: Kotuku Studio Unit, Queen plus Single
Package available until 24 May 2020 and then from 24 September 2020 to 23 May 2021.
Room upgrades are available at a surcharge (subject to availability). During times of high demand, if the advertised package hotel is not available, a substitution of a similar standard hotel may be made to complete the package. A surcharge may apply.