A rare King Shag in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
  • Bird life

    Kiwi, native falcon & rare king shag

  • Marine life

    Dolphins, orca, seals & more

  • Wildlife

    Visit island sanctuaries

  • Coastal Gem

    Long Island Marine Reserve

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Wildlife & Conservation

Endangered kiwi and various native birds including the King Shag thrive on predator-free islands in the Marlborough Sounds, as well as tuatara, gecko and native frogs.

The winding waterways of the sounds hold dolphins, stingrays, seals, and even orca and whales on their seasonal migration.

Back on dry land, the Picton Museum hosts interesting rich stories of the region's whaling history.

Other ways to immerse yourself in Marlborough's wildlife and conservation is to Kayak on the Wairau Lagoons, cruise close to a multitude of New Zealand bird species, or visit the rare population of bats being protected at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Stroll the wildlife trail at Lochmara Lodge, or discover more about the award-winning sustainability practices at Yealands Estate winery.

Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre

Lochmara Lodge’s Wildlife Recovery Centre in the Marlborough Sounds near Picton is focused on the rehabilitation of injured wild species, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, as well protection, enhancement and education.

Go for a self guided nature walk behind the lodge to come face to face with kune kune pigs, weta, gecko and eels, or to help feed the kakariki in the aviary, which are part of a breeding programme.

Lochmara Lodge also breed kakariki for educational purposes and release into predator-free environments. Make sure you’re there at feeding time for the chance to get up close.

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