There’s much more to do than teeing off. The Kinloch Club is the perfect base to discover the incredible scenic and recreational diversity of New Zealand.
Guests can enjoy all water sports and summer skiing on the lake to winter skiing in Tongariro Park or walking the world-famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Kinloch’s spectacular lake frontage provides almost 3km of sandy beach, ideal for swimming in the stunning blue fresh water or strolling along the water’s edge. There’s seasonal fly-fishing in some of the world’s best trout streams an on Lake Taupo, white water rafting, hiking, cycling trails, sky-diving - even adventurous wild game hunting, and signature eco-wilderness experiences at our sister lodge Treetops. Gentle sightseeing includes the geysers and bubbling mud of Rotorua, heritage heartland of Maoridom.
Walks and Hikes
Tongariro Crossing, one of the world’s most famous and gratifying lace-your boot-challenges is our #1 most popular hiking challenge, And at Kinloch we offer the TONGARIRO CROSSING TWO WAYS: a self-guided hike and the other part guided with heli-transfers – yes, the full works, and both with full backpack lunches provided! For more about the Crossing HERE
. For more on our heli transfers contact the lodge.
FIRST WAY: Two-night package inclusive breakfast, dinner and pre-dinner drinks both days plus freestyle Tongariro Crossing hike on one day, gourmet picnic lunch with water x 2 (suitable for a day’s big hike) – plus car or heli transfers to and from the crossing
SECOND WAY: Two-night package inclusive breakfast, dinner and pre-dinner drinks both days plus on one day a Tongariro Volcano scenic tour with exclusive alpine landing (and champagne): 1 hour scenic flight and 15-minute Alpine landing. Departing lodge, fly south over Great Lake Taupo to view the Tongariro Crossing and thermal activity of the newly formed Te Maari Crater. Continue over the Blue Lake and Emerald Lakes to the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe, famously known as Mt Doom from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. From here, climb to the top of the snow-capped peak, Mt Ruapehu, which is the highest mountain in the North Island of New Zealand. Enjoy aerial views of the North Island’s only ski fields and panoramic views of the Central Plateau. Return to the lodge via the lake-front and Huka Falls
PLUS ...Lake Taupo has over 71 km of hiking trails - from rugged bush tracks to picturesque lake side gentle hiking and Lake Taupo is just a 15 minute gentle walk from the lodge. For more about Taupo's hiking trails HERE.
On the shores of Lake Taupo lies an epic mountain biking adventure. What began as a pipe dream for a crew of local trail builders has evolved into the stunning Great Lake Trail, a 71km grade 3 (intermediate) mountain biking journey that will take you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupo.
The Great Lake Trail is proud to be part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.
-2015 Runner Up – Bike Wise Favourite New Zealand Cycle Trail
-Part of Taupo’s IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) Silver Ride Centre Accreditation
PLUS we have a selection of quality mountain bikes for all ages at Kinloch, and highly recommend our local gentle cycling trail through the redwoods down to the Lake edge. Just a 1.5 hour round trip, you depart directly from the lodge, through the forest - down to the lake frontage. MORE
Maori Cultural Experiences
When visiting the Great Lake Taupo region, Maori culture comes only second to the whenua (land). Spending time with the tangata whenua (Maori people) will allow you to begin learning and understanding the importance of their connection to the land as Kaitiaki – guardians. We recommend a range of local guided experiences - authentic and intimate eco cultural tours that will capture your heart, ranging from fishing, hunting, guided wilderness walks, kapa haka (traditional song and dance), hangi (traditional food cooked in the ground) and rongoa (traditional Maori medicine).
The Lake Taupo region is a geothermal wonderland. Home to boiling mud pools, steaming vents, beautifully coloured volcanic rock and natural thermal pools. Part of both the Taupo Volcanic Zone, an area stretching from White Island down to Tongariro National Park and the Thermal Explorer Highway, a meandering route which takes in some of New Zealand’s best geothermal activity.
We are home to three impressive volcanoes, including the iconic cone-shaped, Mount Ngauruhoe. Add to this spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools, floating pumice rocks and natural thermal pools perfect for a soak at the end of a long day exploring and you've got the lot - a geothermal wonderland!
The Kinloch Kitchen Forage
Our talented executive chef will talk through our Estate to Plate philosophy, showcasing a range of seasonal organic ingredients used in our kitchen, and demonstrate the creativity required to turn out high quality dishes available in our restaurant. Teams then compete against each other to produce their own quality dish using wild produce and ingredients they personally forage for inside and outside the kitchen.
Experience a day off site at our nearby sister lodge, Treetops Lodge and Estate. A 2500 ha wilderness estate and carefully managed eco experience. Surrounded by New Zealand’s ancient native forest, you’ll also enjoy modern technology in the Executive Boardroom that can host up to 24 guests. Add something from our long list of leisure; sporting archery, clay pigeon shooting, trout fishing and spa adventures and you’ll ensure your meeting, conference or team-building event is absolutely memorable. MORE
Team selection is key in this tennis tournament, resources need to be analysed as this tennis tournament is not just about the best backhand or serve. Suits all levels of tennis ability.
Fitness and Exercise Options
Motivational and experience instructors offer a range of soft and challenging movement activities including yoga, Pilates, stand-up paddling, swimming carnivals, nature walks, hiking adventures, bike riding activities and so much more.