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Paradise City: Lochmara Lodge

One exhilarating morning, we started the day jumping off a 20 foot rope swing! Our isolated accommodations just outside of the town of Picton at Lochmara Lodge are filled with adventures.

We started our journey here on an elaborate three hour ferry ride from Wellington to Picton. The ferry was enormous and even had a magic show on it, it looked more like a cruise ship rather than any ferry we had seen. 

We arrived at Picton which is the “Gateway to the South Island” and after a hot dog lunch by Papa Col we were water taxied to our destination.

Welcome to paradise! As one of our group members said, “I feel like I’m on an Island!” The lodge gives us paradise views with five star service. There is an extensive array of activities for us to enjoy ranging from kayaking to snorkeling to hiking to hammocks.

Yesterday we tried our hand at the Queen Charlotte Track, with a 12 mile hike. Our feet are not thanking us, but we all made it unscathed and the views were priceless.

We are meeting for class this afternoon for a discussion on the system for funding for New Zealand sports along with sport in the area. Until then we will be enjoying the ocean and the sun if it decides to come out today, so far we have been very fortunate with the weather.

To top off the day we end with a group dinner at 8:00pm and then it will be off to check out the glow worm gully and stargaze from the “Hammock Heaven” portion of the lodge before calling it a night!

The girls enjoying the rope swing this morning!
The view from our rooms at Lochmara Lodge.