'For sale' sign at Lochmara Lodge
An award-winning lodge in Queen Charlotte Sound has been placed on the market for sale.
Lochmara Lodge, in Lochmara Bay, is being marketed by Bayleys Marlborough salesman Glenn Dick, and is open for tender until February 4.
Mr Dick said the freehold commercial lodge, which had won multiple environmental and business awards, offered an owner-managed investment opportunity in a tourist hot-spot.
The 4.39-hectare property sleeps up to 40 people, with seven open-plan chalets and seven one- and two-bedroom units.
It also had a manager's residence and staff quarters, licensed restaurant and café, an art centre, workshop, boatshed, replica musterer's hut, Maori whare, bird and wildlife structures and a health and beauty spa.
The property is also home to the Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, a facility dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation and education, and plans were under way to develop a marine research and education centre, Mr Dick said.
It was accessible from the Queen Charlotte Track which received thousands of overnight and day walkers, kayakers and boat travellers each year, he said.
Tourism New Zealand figures showed Marlborough had 1.3 million visitors in 2010, bringing $215 million into the region. Visitor numbers were expected to increase.
Lochmara offered a water taxi service for groups of up to 20 people, a jetty and six permanent moorings.
The Marlborough Express