Luxury by the lake in New Zealand

Nestled on one of the many bays of New Zealand’s famous Lake Taupo is the sleepy village of Kinloch; population 500. When embarking on a luxury getaway, this may not be the first destination on your must-do list, but with the opening of The Lodge at The Kinloch Club, it should be.

Expansive and sparse, The Lodge sits on 254 hectares and is home to the stunning Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. The design and layout of The Lodge is extraordinary; the combination of modern villa and Scottish castle is exactly what award-winning New Zealand architect Andrew Patterson was asked to deliver. Meanwhile, renowned designer Virginia Fisher has masterfully utilised textured interiors to engage your senses.

Equipped with a spa, bar, lounge, private den, dining area, and of course an incredible golf course, The Lodge is certainly well appointed. Future plans include a fitness centre, outdoor infinity pool, and a self-sustaining organic garden. Ten villas are scattered around the property. In ours, nothing failed to impress. From the mini bar stocked with local ciders and chocolates, to the toiletries from local and sustainable brand Nellie Tier, everything was well considered and truly perfect.

In the morning light, views of the golf green from each villa are enough to convince even a novice to head out and hit a few balls. And although the club is renowned for its course, there is much more on offer, including premium dining. The cuisine adheres to the ‘Estate to Plate’ philosophy, using organic products primarily from the owner’s private 2000-hectare estate. Each evening it is hard not to beeline for the best seat in the house, a table cut into the sidewall which offers a panoramic view of the course and the lake.

Great room to lake


Kinloch is ideally located just a 20-minute drive to the main town of Lake Taupo, full of shops, restaurants and waterfront walking trails. Taupo is a hub for mountain bikers and adventure seekers and you must make a visit to the Huka Falls. Lake Taupo is also known for its natural hot springs while, in summer, lake activities are the more sought-out options.

What appealed most to me about The Lodge at The Kinloch Club was that although the estate is expansive, it offers guests such a bespoke luxury experience without detracting from the timeless charm of the Kinloch township.

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