The Lodge at Kinloch
Taupo, New Zealand
Having opened in January 2016, the Lodge at Kinloch is a spectacular luxury lodge set just outside Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. The property sits on an 18-hole Jack Niklaus Signature Golf Course, offering the ultimate luxury golfers' retreat.
At a Glance
Make sure you have the hotel organize a half day out with Chris Jolly Outdoors on Lake Taupo where you sample their fresh trout sashimi and delicious lunch followed by your own instruction on catching rainbow and brown trout of up to 1,5 kilos. We caught 5!Jules Maury
Enjoy a drink from their bar whilst taking in the stunning views that stretch out across Lake Taupo.Anna Chaplin
Sister property to the world renowned Treetops Lodge and Estate in Rotorua, The Lodge at Kinloch is the newest addition to New Zealand's luxury lodge scene. The lodge itself has been designed by Andrew Patterson, one of New Zealand's best known architects and the interiors have been sublimely finished by Virginia Fisher, who has become synonymous with some of the most beautiful properties in the South Pacific.
Designed in harmony with the award winning 18-hole lakeside links course by Jack Nicklaus, The Lodge at Kinloch is an exercise in rural opulence and a 21st century take on Scotland's Kinloch Castle. The main lodge has the feel of sleek country club, with local schist stone exteriors framing picture windows of the links beyond and the blue of Lake Taupo in the distance. Inside the main Lodge you'll find the roaring fires and sumptuous furnishings of the Great Room, leading through to the main Dining Room. It is here that you'll indulge in the fine dining cuisine, using produce from the private owners estate, with every mouthful adhering to the 'Estate to Plate’ organic philosophy. Should you wish to dine in private, there are endless spectacular dining locations for you to enjoy around the Lodge, including the privacy and comfort of your own villa. The rich leathers, hides and burnt wood flooring of The Bar create an intimate space, perfect for a pre-dinner glass of local wine.
A short stroll from the lodge are the luxury villas and suites, each designed to blend in with the magnificent natural surroundings of the golf course and the rolling hills beyond. Junior Suites are perfect for couples, whilst the Two-Bedroom Villas offer flexible accommodation for groups traveling together.
The star of the Lodge at Kinloch is undoubtedly the golf course, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course to be built in New Zealand. Kinloch showcases the best of New Zealand's landscapes and allows the surroundings of the stunning Taupo region to shape each hole. The Club has two PGA qualified teaching professionals on hand, with over 50 years of global teaching experience between them. They are able to offer private instruction, on course playing lesson and teaching clinics on the par 72 eighteen hole course.
After a long day on the course, relax in the luxurious Spa and Wellness Center with a hot stone treatment or tailored sports massage, or a rejuvenating swim in the infinity pool. Further afield, you can enjoy biking trails, horse riding, sailing, night golf and trout fishing amongst the crystal clear streams of the Taupo region.
A short stroll from the lodge are the luxury One and Two-Bedroom Villas and One-Bedroom Junior Suites. The Junior Suites are perfect for couples, featuring beautiful oak floors, a New Zealand handmade rug and a stand-alone bathtub in the opulent bathroom, along with a private furnished terrace. The Two-Bedroom Villas feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry facilities, a full kitchen for gourmet entertaining and three furnished private terraces - perfect for two couples traveling together or a family group. The One-Bedroom Plus Den Villas offer one bedroom, one bathroom, a den (with a pull out double sofa bed), laundry facilities, a full kitchen, a furnished private terrace and a private courtyard for outside dining. These are perfect for a couple wanting a more luxurious villa option. The expansive Two-Bedroom Plus Den Villas feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den (this is a third bedroom with a pull out double sofa bed), laundry facilities, a full kitchen for gourmet entertaining, two furnished private terraces and one private courtyard for outside dining. These huge spaces are ideal for larger groups traveling together and showcase contemporary furnishings and the very best modern conveniences.
The Kinloch Club caters more towards couples or older families, particularly those keen on golf, so we do not recommend the property for children under 12.
Enjoy gourmet dining in the main restaurant, feasting on local and seasonal produce - the focus here is on "Estate to Plate" so expect gourmet delights from your immediate surroundings. You can also indulge in a private dining experience from your luxury lodge suite.
Location & Directions
Taupo, New Zealand
The Lodge at Kinloch is located amongst rolling hills, just outside of Taupo.
When to go
The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.
Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.