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

Just 20 minutes from Taupō 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 Taupō.

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 café and restaurant while the kids play with toys from the public beach library and toybox shed.


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  • Holiday Homes

    A Sky Full of Stars - Luxury Holiday Home at The Kinloch Club, Lake Taupo

    This award winning holiday home offers friends and families a stunning 4 bedroom luxury property within the exclusive gates of The Kinloch Club - a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf & residential community.

    $800 - $2,400 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
  • 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
  • Luxury Lodge

    The Lodge at The Kinloch Club

    The Lodge at Kinloch opened in 2016 and 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