Lake Taupo, New Zealand

The Kinloch Club

Rates per night from$1,010.73

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (NZD1,478.26), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cabin-yay sauvignon

Setting

Links by the lake

Luxury hotel The Kinloch Club on the banks of Lake Taupo is moving New Zealand’s North Island even higher up your must-visit list. The hotel’s main lodge houses a Manuka-drenched spa and modern farm-to-table eatery, and a satellite system of modern cabins branches out into the estate, which is framed by an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Tee up with a pro to work on your game or explore the nearby national park on day hikes past active volcanoes. Then regroup in the moody bar for pre-dinner drinks and canapés before multi-course dinners. 

 

Smith Extra

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A 60-minute massage each or one US$100 resort credit to be used at the restaurant, bar, spa or golf course

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Twenty suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in is 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $1010.73 (NZ$1,478), excluding tax at 15 per cent.

More details

Rates include daily breakfast, aperitifs and canapés.

Also

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.

Spa

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.

Packing tips

Bring a small day pack for hiking in Tongariro National Park and your favourite polo for hitting the links.

Also

The main lodge is on one level and has accessible washrooms; there’s lift access to the spa.

Children

Cots are free for tots up to age two and each villa has room for one child (two in the two-bedroom villas).

Eco‐friendly

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.

Food and Drink

Photos The Kinloch Club food and drink

Top Table

Mealtime is no reason to go without a view, so snag a table by the windows at every opportunity.

Dress Code

Let the lakeside landscape do the heavy lifting and keep your attire understated (although perhaps spruce up a bit after a day on the links or hiking through the national park).

Hotel restaurant

Mod New Zealand restaurant the Dining Room is helmed by chef Bruce Thomason, who creates dreamy multi-course dinners every night using locally sourced seasonal ingredients from the estate and its sister property. The menu changes daily but past favourites have included fluffy home-made ciabatta; confit duck with spring onion and compressed radish; Treetops Estate venison with caponata; Cloudy Bay clam linguini and pan fried salmon with pumpkin purée. For dessert, expect the likes of coconut panna cotta or pavlova topped with mandarin feijoa (pineapple guava) compote. Breakfast is also served in the Dining Room: wake up to decadent fruit platters, rich coffees, house-made muesli and your pick from the ever-changing breakfast menu.

Hotel bar

The moody bar is clad in dark wood, with tactile golden velvet and leather furnishings. Cosy up with a bottle of New Zealand wine or a blended whiskey from Auckland-based Thomson distillery. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés are served each evening in the bar before leisurely meals in the separate restaurant.

Last orders

The Dining Room are bar are both open from 7am to 11pm.

Room service

Your in-room minibar goodies – including soft drinks, water, local craft beer – are included with your stay; there’s also tea- and coffee-making kit in your room.

Location

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Address
The Kinloch Club
61 Kinloch Road
Taupo
3352
New Zealand

Planes

Taupo Airport is 30 minutes away by car; private transfers are included with your stay.

Automobiles

There’s private parking by the villas.

Other

Flying in by chartered chopper? Park your bird on one of the four onsite helipads – there are two by the main lodge and two at the golf course.

Worth getting out of bed for

Holidays in New Zealand err towards the outdoorsy. Hire mountain bikes and cycle around Lake Taupo on the Great Lake Trail, or hike the 19.4 km Tongariro Alpine Crossing for spectacular volcanic scenery; the popular day hike loops by active volcanoes, ice-cold mountain springs and jewel-toned lakes. Book a one-on-one session with a PGA pro at the golf club to practice your putting or follow an expert fishing guide and learn how to fly cast – the chef can serve up anything you catch that evening.

Local restaurants

Trendy Taupo café Storehouse serves up soul food brunches, organic juices and coffees. Choose from bubble and squeak on hashed baby potatoes; Hawaiian poke breakfast bowls with marinated salmon, crispy seaweed and avocado; huevos rancheros with chorizo and chipotle peppers; or fried-chicken waffles drizzled with maple syrup. For lunch, head to Victoria’s and order steak sandwiches with caramelised-fig and pear chutney, lamp-topped potato cake with beer-battered onion rings and shoestring fries with spicy aioli. Settle in for laid-back dinners at The Bistro: start with handmade truffle ravioli before mains of confit Cambridge duck leg or freshly caught Hawkes Bay fish. For dessert, there’s blood-orange and cranberry sorbet with mint and pomegranate molasses or decadent coconut cake with white chocolate, ginger and lemongrass ice cream. Book ahead for dinner at The Brantry, which serves modern New Zealand fare in a renovated 1950’s townhouse; ask for a table in the garden in warmer months. The menu changes with the season, but expect something along the lines of freshly caught local fish topped with artichoke cream, sprout salad and whipped feta or free-range pork belly with caramelised pear and Kumara puree. Chocolate lovers will want to save room for the tasting plate of mousse, ice cream, tart and crisp with crystallised orange and mint syrup.

Local bars

Sip on cocktails at Taupo’s Salt Bar or relax with alfresco drinks on the lakeside terrace at 2 Mile Bay Sailing Club. At the latter, you can watch the windsurfers, snack on wood-fired pizzas… or even hire rowboats if the whim strikes.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in New Zealand and unpacked their bottle of cabernet sauvignon and jaunty golf cap, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Kinloch Club in Taupo…

Whether you’re an aspiring Arnold Palmer, a granola-loving hiker or a serious spa aficionado, New Zealand’s Kinloch Club has a holiday set at your speed. Head to this luxury lodge and its cabin-inspired satellite villas on the edge of Lake Taupo for its 18-hole golf course, dramatic scenery and Manuka-loving spa; outdoorsy types can take advantage of the trails that criss-cross neighbouring Tongariro National Park or paddle their way around the lake. Whatever you do, make sure to work up an appetite – we hear just gazing at the landscape will do the trick – because the multi-course dinners at the ‘estate-to-plate’ restaurant are alone worth the trek into the North Island’s heart. Then once you’ve polished off your dessert plate, head back to your private terrace to enjoy a bottle of local cabernet sauvignon under the twinkling stars. We’re ready to tee up our holiday now.

 

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