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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 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 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. Or dine at the charming Tipsy Trout cafe and restaurant while the children play with toys from the public beach library and toybox shed.

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  • Boutique & Lodge

    Puketui Forest Escape

    Luxury accommodation with a conscience. Hidden away in a privately owned Central North Island native forest you will discover Puketui. Located just 12km from Taupo, Puketui is an environmentally conscious, luxuriously appointed couples escape.

    $399 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    Country Lodge Kinloch (Hosted Bed & Breakfast Accommodation)

    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.

    $240 - $295 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
  • 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.

    $65 - $109
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    $150 Book now
  • Ferries & water taxis

    Taxicat Adventures - Ultimate Great Lake Trails Bike Transfer

    Taxicat offers a unique water taxi transfer service for the Great Lake Trails.

    $65 - $86
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