Need to know
11am; earliest check-in is 2pm.
Double rooms from $1012.42 (NZ$1,478), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include daily breakfast, aperitifs and canapés.
The 18-hole Kinloch Club is New Zealand’s only Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. After morning tee-time, stop by the main lodge for afternoon tea-time to feast on freshly baked scones, open-face ribbon sandwiches, savoury pastries and an impressive selection of seasonal desserts. Book both tee- and tea-times in advance.
At the hotel
Eighteen-hole golf course, tennis court and free WiFi. In rooms: an iPod dock, a minibar with free drinks and goodies, a Nespresso machine and Matakana Botanicals bath products.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms have views of the rolling greens or Lake Taupo, but spring for a one- or two-bedroom villa to get a furnished private terrace.
The Kinloch Club Spa is in the main lodge and has two treatment rooms; choose from Swedish, sports or deep-tissue massages, customised facials and signature treatments, including the Manuka body scrub and massage, which uses a local honey blend.
Bring a small day pack for hiking in Tongariro National Park and your favourite polo for hitting the links.
The main lodge is on one level and has accessible washrooms; there’s lift access to the spa.
Cots are free for tots up to age two and each villa has room for one child (two in the two-bedroom villas).
The Kinloch Club touts an ‘estate to plate’ philosophy and uses grown-on-site and locally sourced ingredients in its restaurant. Greywater is used to keep the links green and the hotel is involved in conservation efforts and community education programmes. Eco-friendly cleaning products and energy-efficient bulbs are used, too.