Kinloch, a town near Taupo

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the Taupo town centre? Jump in the car and enjoy a short but scenic drive to the pretty lakeside town of Kinloch.

Hidden Tranquility

Kinloch is a stunning little settlement on the western shores of Lake Taupo, just one of the small towns dotted around Lake Taupo, nestled in Whangamata Bay. 

Kinloch Marina

Kinloch is a popular holiday hangout for locals and tourists to enjoy. Only a short 20 minute drive from the Taupo town centre, this charming community is the perfect picturesque spot for a lakeside picnic lunch, a dip in the fresh lake water, a spot of trout fishing or a meander around the dinky Kinloch Marina. Be sure to grab a coffee and a bite to eat from the popular Tipsy Trout restaurant and café,walking distance from the lake’s edge.

History tells us that Kinloch’s name comes from the Scottish Gaelic name Ceann Loch meaning ‘head of the lake’. Originally a sheep station, Kinloch later developed into a holiday destination with kiwi baches being built next to the lake.  The town owes its inception to the 1962 Prime Minister of New Zealand – Keith Holyoake.

K2K Mountain Bike Trail, Kinloch

Kinloch is the link between the K2K and W2K sections of the Great Lake Trail – one of the 18 great rides which make up Nga Haerenga – the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. If you like to cycle and walk then try out the W2K section, a scenic 13km (one way) trail from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay (or vice versa) with sweeping views of the lake and surrounding areas.

For the avid mountain biker, try the challenging 9km K2K section that heads off from Kinloch in the other direction towards Kawakawa Bay, a picturesque and secluded bay surrounded by bush.

The Kinloch Club Golf Course

Kinloch is also home to on of the best golf courses in the world, The Kinloch Club. The course is a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, ranked top 100 in the world outside the USA by Golf Digest Magazine.

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