Kinloch is the true head of Lake Wakatipu. Set between the Routeburn and Greenstone tracks, with the lake’s best fishing, kayaking and a lakeside lodge serving great food and reasonably priced accommodation.
Equal to Paradise in beauty, Kinloch is an ideal setting to while away some time. Just 26 kilometres from Glenorchy by road, or just 1.7 kilometres across the lake by water taxi (5 minutes) a trip to Kinloch is a must.
Kinloch is a fisherman’s heaven with trout and Salmon hanging in the bay waiting for their food to wash out the mouth of the Dart. On calm summer evenings you can catch your limit right from Kinloch wharf.
Look down from the sheltered bay towards Pigeon, Pig and Tree Islands or up the valleys of the Rees and Dart towards the Sugarloaf and Cosmos Peaks. It is no surprise that Kinloch is the favoured location for the Landscape photography workshops run by QCCP.
Pause a while in Kinloch for coffee or a meal at Lonely Planet author’s pick Kinloch Lodge or if you have the time stay a while choosing either reasonably priced accommodation at the lodge or at the DOC campsite for just $7 per night.
Located mid-way between the Routeburn Track and Greenstone/Caples Tracks, Kinloch is a great location for walkers to start and end their journey. Kinloch Lodge offers free parking, free baggage storage, free boot dryer, free outdoor hot tub, reasonably priced Routeburn track transport and all the facilities weary trampers want after a fabulous hike on the Routeburn Track.
Kinloch has a rich history and was originally built as a staging point en-route to Martins Bay on the West Coast. Plans continue to crop up for road and train tunnels, a gondola and a mono-rail, though most have been shelved in the current economic environment. Milford Sound is a mere 36 kilometres away yet nearly 400 kilometres drive by road.