Just 20 minutes from Taupo town, a picturesque village set in the northernmost cove of Lake Taupo, Kinloch is an in-the-know hideaway, particularly for keen cyclists, golfers and fishermen.

Kinloch is well known for the Whangamata Stream trail. This is a relaxing and refreshing walk or cycle of 7km alongside a beautiful running stream. Being of mostly flat contour, it can be enjoyed by families with buggies and small people on bikes . Access is on the lake front along from the Kinloch Store or many points along the route towards Whangamata road where there is some road parking and two DOC entries.


Cycling & Walking Trails

When it comes to cycling and walking Kinloch has it all. From the extensive Great Lake Trail to the more casual Whangamata Stream Track. If you explore the streets of Kinloch you will find many hidden tracks.

Trout Fishing

If trout fishing is your thing Kinloch is the place to do it. We have a great marina to launch your boat or you can organise a fishing tour with one of our local fisher people and head over to the Western Bays.


Kinloch boasts one of the world famous Jack Niclaus golf course for all you serious golfers or you can play at our local 10 hole golf course which is situated on both sides of Kinloch Road at the beginning of Kinloch at the round about.

Rock Climbing

Kinloch is the gateway to one of New Zealand’s most popular rock-climbing destinations. At Kawakawa Bay you will find rock climbers all year round.

Art and Culture

Kinloch isn’t just all about sports we also have a number of talented artists right here in the village. With studios you can visit a look at the artwork.

What’s on in Kinloch

Kinloch hosts a number of events over the year from international triathlons, half marathons and ultra marathons to kids fun days and cocktail parties.

Our Community

Kinloch is made up of 800 permanent residents. This number swells to over 1200 when holiday season is here. Kinloch is known for it’s easy going pace where kids can roam free safely.

Kinloch Community Playgroup

This is a child led community playgroup based in the Kinloch Community Hall on Mondays, 9.30 – 11.30am during school term time.  We are a very relaxed group of caregivers who welcome all new families to Kinloch.

Central Kids Kinloch Kindergarten

Operating hours:
Monday - 11.00am - 3.30pm
Tuesday - 11.30am - 3.30pm
Wednesday - Closed
Thursday - 8.30am - 12.30pm
Friday - 8.30am - 2.30pm

Open throughout the School Holidays


Kinloch has all sorts of accommodation available from Bed and Breakfasts to the 5 star Kinloch Club

Join the Kinloch Community Association

The Kinloch Community Association (KCA) has a volunteer committee that works to help connect Kinloch’s community and communicate what’s happening in Kinloch.

Family Membership $30 (inc $5 to ERV support)/ Individual membership $20


If you have any questions for the Kinloch Community Association please inquire here.

Please subscribe me to ‘What's Up in Kinloch’ our community newsletter.

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