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Cruise Ship Guests

Cruise Ship Guests

Cruise Ship Guests

Depart Picton on our Lochmara water taxi and enjoy the 20 minute cruise across the Marlborough Sounds to Lochmara. Once here, explore Lochmara's 11 acres of native bush trails, sculptures, conservation projects, and wildlife.
Duration: Approximately up to 5 hours, or less if you wish.

The Lochmara scheduled water taxi departure times are:

  • Picton To Lochmara: 9.00am, 12.15pm, or 3.15pm
  • Lochmara to Picton: 11.00am, or 2.45pm

Please note sailings on the Lochmara water taxi are subject to cruise ship sailing times and may have additional departures based on your cruise ship. Options available will show when clicking 'book now'.

Pricing From | Adults $70 pp | Children $35 pp (5-15years)
Under 5yrs travel free

Click ‘book now’ to secure your booking and any add-on activities you wish to book.

Features

  • Boat Cruise to Lochmara on the Lochmara water taxi
  • Possible marine mammal and sea bird viewing en route to Lochmara
  • Free use of the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • Safe swimming beach with children’s play equipment
  • See the native Kākāriki Parakeets, Kunekune pigs, and eels being fed
  • Book the Underwater observatory tour for a hands-on experience at the seaside touch tank, guided access to the underwater observatory, and a potential stingray encounter subject to whether the wild stingray wish to see you or not!
  • Explore Lochmara's 11 acres of native bush trails, sculptures, conservation projects, and wildlife
  • Licensed Cafe/Restaurant providing a range of food, dietary requirements, and a children's menu
  • Please note we are not a picnic venue
  • Art gallery within the Café
  • Queen Charlotte Track (QCT) panoramic lookout hike being 3 hours return. A QCT pass is required at $15.00 per adult from our office, or walk on our own tracks at no extra cost

Add On Activity

When clicking ‘book now’ you can add on the following activity options:

Queen Charlotte Track: You can also choose to enjoy the Queen Charlotte Track (QCT) panoramic lookout hike. It is 3 hours return from Lochmara. A QCT pass is required at $15.00pp from our office.

Underwater Observatory: Join our guided tours of approx. 45 minutes aboard the stationary Underwater Observatory where you will be well informed and entertained by our passionate fully qualified guides. The tour includes a hands-on experience at the seaside touch tank, guided access to the underwater observatory, and a potential stingray encounter subject to whether the wild stingray wish to see you or not! Bookings are subject to availability. Find our more HERE.

We are open from September through to June each year. Peak season is December to April (including Easter), and our premium season is 20 December to 31 January. All prices shown are valid through to 3 June 2024 and are shown in New Zealand dollars. All prices include 15% GST and prices are subject to change. You can view our Cancellation Policy here.