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Kinloch

A picturesque village set on a quiet bay near the top of Lake Taupo, Kinloch is an in-the-know hideaway, particularly for keen golfers and mountain bikers.

Just 20 minutes from Taupo town, Kinloch is home to two excellent golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus designed The Kinloch Club that has been ranked as the best golf course in New Zealand. It’s overlooked by the imposing castle-like luxury lodge The Kinloch Club designed to pay tribute to the Scots heritage of the township (kinloch is from Scottish Gaelic, meaning ‘head of the lake’).

At the village, the Great Lake Trail, part of Nga Haerenga – the NZ Cycle Trail, diverges east and west. By mountain bike or foot, the bush-clad trail gradually climbs to cliffs above Kinloch where your efforts are rewarded with magnificent views right across Lake Taupo.

Lake cruises and fishing charters can depart or drop off at the Kinloch marina. If you catch a trout, you can barbecue it fresh from the water in the shade of the poplars at the lakefront park. If you’ve been unlucky, just order fish and chips at the local Kinloch Store to eat on the beach, or dine at the charming Tipsy Trout cafe and restaurant while the kids play with toys from the public beach library and toybox shed.

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  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fish Her Charters

    Fish Her Charters operates out of the Kinloch Marina we have easy access to the Western Bays of Lake Taupo. Kinloch is a short 20 minute drive from Taupo township. You will be able to enjoy the fantastic fishing that the Western Bays have to offer.

    $80 - $750
  • Boutique & Lodge

    The Telephone Exchange

    Luxury Glamping Huts set in rural New Zealand. The perfect place to escape and have the ultimate glamping experience.

    $260 - $280 Book now
  • Ferries & water taxis

    Bay2Bay Water Taxi

    Relax and sightsee, or for the more adventurous: ride, hike or climb around the Great Lake Trail with easy access to all tracks with Bay2Bay Water Taxi.

    $40 - $70
  • Boutique & Lodge

    Kinloch Lakeview Lodge

    Only a short 15 minute drive from Taupo Town Centre and an easy 2 minute walk to the Kinloch lakefront, this spacious home, with a glorious lake view, makes an ideal weekend or summer holiday spot.

    $400 - $700 Book now
  • Luxury Lodge

    Kinloch Manor & Villas

    Kinloch Manor & Villas offers irresistible new heights of luxury to discerning lovers of natural beauty, adrenaline adventure and cutting-edge lodge design – complementing the spectacular, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

    $1,162 - $2,780 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    Country Lodge Kinloch

    Country Lodge Kinloch is the perfect haven for independent travellers looking for a unique accommodation experience offering both self catering accommodation in a stand alone pioneer cottage and Bed & Breakfast accommodation within the residence.

    $220 - $260 Book now
  • Golf

    The Kinloch Club Golf Course

    A Top 100 golf course, the Kinloch Club is a Championship inland links style Jack Nicklaus signature design. Measuring 6519 yards off the white tees, and 7363 yards off the Championship tees, Kinloch offers an exceptional golfing experience.

    $125 - $235 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    Twynham at Kinloch

    Nestled within large private gardens in the picturesque lakeside village of Kinloch - Twynham is unequalled as a base for exploring the delights of the Taupo region. Coffee, cake and relaxation.

    $175 - $255
  • Holiday homes

    The Farmhouse

    This is the ultimate place to enjoy a countryside getaway while still being close to town (only a 12 minute drive to Taupo Town Centre). Four bedroom home including stand alone sleep out next to the front door.

    $200 - $600 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    Lupin Lodge Bed & Breakfast

    The Lodge is spacious and modern with views from every window of the surrounding farmland and the local golf course. Come for a relaxing stay or pursue our adrenalin fuelled outdoor activities. Ideally located just 800m from the lake.

    $140 - $250 Book now
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