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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. It is particularly popular with keen golfers and mountain bikers.

Just 20 minutes from Taupō town, Kinloch is home to two excellent golf courses, including the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kinloch Club which 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 township's Scottish heritage (Kinloch meaning ‘head of the lake’).

At the village, the Great Lake Trail, part of Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trails network, diverges both east and west. By mountain bike or foot, the bush-clad trail gradually ascends to cliffs above Kinloch where uphill efforts are rewarded with magnificent views right across Lake Taupo.

Lake cruises and fishing charters can depart from or deliver to Kinloch marina. Those fortunate enough to catch a trout can barbeque it fresh from the water, beneath poplars at the lakefront park. No trout? Just order fish and chips at the local Kinloch Store to eat on the beach. 

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  • Guest & Hosted

    Te Tuhi Dome

    Te Tuhi Dome is set 15 minutes from Taupō, near Kinloch Bay. The Dome sits on a hillside with views across farmland, native bush, and down to Lake Taupō. Both the hut and the dome are completely private and set on different parts of the property.

    $330 Book now
  • 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
  • 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
  • Guest & Hosted

    Te Tuhi Hut

    Te Tuhi Hut is set just 15 minutes from Taupō, near Kinloch Bay. The hut is perched on a hillside with views across farmland, native bush, and down to Lake Taupō. It's the perfect tranquil couples retreat.

    $295 Book now
  • Arts & crafts

    Camo Chicken Ceramics Workshops

    Perched on the hills overlooking Lake Taupo, Camo Chicken Studio creates ceramics that are both functional and sculptural, useful, and beautiful. Inspired by both the strength and vulnerability of clay resulting in organically functional wares.

  • Boat cruises

    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays Adventurer

    Let us connect you to the hidden treasures that are the Western Bays of Lake Taupō. Towering cliffs, hidden ravines, waterfalls and sandy bays are a snapshot of what your adventure might look like with Taxicat Adventures. Departing Kinloch daily.

    $259 Book now
  • Holiday homes

    Angela Place

    Situated in the heart of Kinloch on a nice quiet street, this sunny little bach is only a short walk to the lake, shops and play ground. The perfect property for your next summer or winter holiday.

    $160 - $600 Book now
  • Ferries & water taxis

    Supervolcanics Trail Network - Waihora Bay Bike Transfer

    Venture Beyond offers a unique water transfer service aboard "Taxicat" servicing the Supervolcanics Trail Network.

    $90 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays - Chasing Waterfalls

    Love waterfalls - so do we. Come and explore the Northern end of the remote Western Bays of Lake Taupō with one of our Western Bay Chasing Waterfalls cruises.

    $129 Book now
  • Boutique & Lodge

    Kawakawa Hut

    A simple, off-grid rural getaway for two, in Taupo, New Zealand. Kawakawa Hut is a small but special little place tucked neatly between rolling hills. The Hut provides a simple but comfy getaway for two in a beautiful countryside.

    $200 Book now
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