The Lodge at Kinloch
Taupo, New Zealand
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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.
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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.
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.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
One of the newest properties in the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand portfolio, The Kinloch Club is a haven for keen golfers. The property is set amongst a challenging 18-hole golf course, with stunning views of Lake Taupo in the background, and the lodge's design is reminiscent of a grand Scottish castle. In terms of the interiors, the lodge has been adorned with beautiful rugs, armchairs lad ended with gorgeous cushions and throws, and large glass windows offering phenomenal view across the golf course and lake. The villas themselves can either be booked as a Junior Suite or One-Bedroom Villa, where you would use the same entrance area, or a larger Two Bedroom Villa which guarantees exclusive use of the villa complex and the entrance. They have been beautifully designed with large windows, spacious en suite bathrooms with both a shower and bath, and a good-sized kitchenette.
Anna Chaplin (Staff)
Inspired by a modern day Scotland Castle, The Lodge at Kinloch offers an experience unlike any other. The architecture is very impressive and the interior is filled with lots of soft furnishings which compliment the grand wooden and stone walls. The lodges are generously sized and have all the mod cons to ensure you are well equipped for your stay. Set up a hill within one of the worlds most technically difficult golf courses above Lake Taupo, it goes without saying the views hear are breath taking!
Jules Maury (Staff)
Designed to resemble an old Scottish house, The Kinloch Club is sent on a golf course overlooking Lake Taupo. White bricked architecture hide the inside of almost Swedish design with soaring wooden walls and ceilings, modern and contemporary fittings and furniture and through every huge window, the back drop of New Zealand's largest lake and surrounding scenery. There are one and two bedroom spacious lodges which have fully stocked kitchens, a den, two bedrooms with huge bathrooms and terraces overlooking Lake Taupo. This is a comfortable option for families wishing for a bit more independence and is run by the charming Ken TcTague and his wife whose welcome and fine dining experience is excellent. Jean Michel is their award winning chef and our dinner really was wonderful accompanied by excellent New Zealand wines. For the golf lover this is one of the most challenging and technical courses in New Zealand if not the world.
Discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Sail under a canopy of the thousands of tiny glow-worms that illuminate the Waitomo Caves, their incredible luminescence creating a magical serenity as you glide through the waters of the Waitomo River.
Helicopter to White Island
Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of White Island, an active volcano 52km off the Bay of Plenty coastline. This unique lunar landscape is an integral part of the Pacific ring of fire.
Mine Bay Rock Carving Tour
Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay in the heart of Lake Taupo.
Pure Rotorua Experience
Experience the best of Rotorua, with a scenic helicopter flight, immersive encounter with a Maori community and a flight to the lunar landscape of the White Island, topped off with a luxury sailing trip to soak in the geothermal waters of the hot pools.
Te Po Evening Experience at Te Puia
Immerse yourself in Maori culture with an evening of storytelling, food and entertainment, as well as a chance to visit some of Rotorua’s stunning natural sights.
Te Puia Daytime Experience
Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural center just 5-minutes from the center of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.
Tour of Hobbiton - A Tolkien Day Out
Enter the world of Tolkien and discover the magical setting made famous by The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Once quoted by Peter Jackson as being 'a slice of ancient England', discover the hobbit holes on a guided tour of the movie set.
White Island - Mount Tarawera Active Volcano Tour
The incredible colors of the Wai-O-tapu and Waimangu geothermal valleys unfold below as you fly over this volcanic region to the active Whakaari to explore its moon-like landscape on foot.
Location & directions
Taupo, New Zealand
The Lodge at Kinloch is located amongst rolling hills, just outside of Taupo.
How to get there
Auckland International Airport is just a 45-minute flight or scenic 3-hour drive from The Lodge at Kinloch. Taupo Airport is serviced domestically from many other locations across New Zealand.