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 5 minutes across the lake by water taxi, 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 rivers towards the Sugarloaf and Cosmos Peaks. It is no surprise that Kinloch is a favoured location for photography workshops.
Pause a while in Kinloch for coffee or a meal at Kinloch Lodge or, if you have the time, stay a while, choosing from the variety of accommodation offered at the lodge or the DOC campsite.
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, 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 cropped up for road and train tunnels, a gondola and a mono-rail, though all were shelved for various reasons. Milford Sound is a mere 36 kilometres away yet nearly 400 kilometres by road.