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Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

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Outdoor spa tub
Triple Room, Shared Bathroom | Terrace/patio
Standard Room, 2 Single Beds, Shared Bathroom | Terrace/patio
Family Room, 1 Bedroom, Shared Bathroom, Mountain View | Individually decorated, individually furnished, WiFi, bed sheets
Individually decorated, individually furnished, WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

4.0 star property

4.0/5 Very good

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast available
862 Kinloch Road, Kinloch, 9372

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationLake Wakatipu2 min walk
  • Popular LocationGlenorchy Waterfront Reserve38 min drive
  • Popular LocationGlenorchy Wharf38 min drive
  • AirportQueenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.)92 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Kinloch, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat is in a rural area and on the waterfront. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Wakatipu and Routeburn Shelter. Discover the area's water adventures with rafting and boat tours nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with rock climbing and mountain climbing.

What's nearby

  • Lake Wakatipu - 2 min walk
  • Routeburn Track - 34 min drive
  • Glenorchy Golf Club - 37 min drive
  • Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve - 38 min drive
  • Glenorchy Wharf - 38 min drive

Getting around

  • Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.) - 92 min drive

About this property

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

4-star eco-friendly hostel on the waterfront, rejuvenated in 2020
A terrace, a garden and a library are just a few of the amenities provided at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat. Adventurous travellers may like the cycling and fishing at this hostel. For some rest and relaxation, visit the hot tub. The on-site local cuisine restaurant, Kinloch Lodge Restaurant, features happy hour and light fare. Stay connected with free WiFi in public areas, and guests can find other amenities, such as laundry facilities and a bar.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • Free self-parking
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast (surcharge), bike hire and an area shuttle
  • Tour/ticket information, barbecues and luggage storage
  • Guest reviews speak well of the dining options, helpful staff and location
Room features
All 19 individually furnished rooms offer comforts such as separate sitting areas and separate dining areas, as well as amenities such as WiFi.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Free toiletries and hairdryers
  • Balconies or patios, separate sitting areas and separate dining areas

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gloves available
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free uncovered self-parking on site
  • Local area shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 8 AMโ€“10 AM: NZD 15-32 for adults and NZD 6-9.5 for children
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Restaurants on site

  • Kinloch Lodge Restaurant

Things to do

  • Bike rentals
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Hot tub

Family friendly

  • Full-sized fridge
  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Separate dining area


  • Library

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Business services

  • Conference space (215 square feet)
  • A meeting room


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • This property does not have any lifts


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Renovated entire property โ€“ April 2020
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Dining room
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Rice cooker
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Spices
  • Stovetop
  • Toaster

Outdoor space

  • Balcony or patio


  • Free local calls
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Laundry detergent
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide
  • Separate sitting area
  • Window screens

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Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk, key retrieval


Pets stay for free
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees
Welcoming dogs only
Specific rooms only; pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 20 per night.

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

  • Breakfast fee: between NZD 15 and NZD 32 for adults, and NZD 6 and NZD 9.5 for children (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 20 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have any lifts

National rating

Qualmarkยฎ assigns an official star rating for accommodation in New Zealand. This Backpacker property has been rated 4 stars.
Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmarkยฎ

Property is also known as

Kinloch Backpacker
Kinloch Lodge Hostel
Kinloch Lodge Hostel
Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Kinloch Lodge - Hostel Kinloch
Kinloch Kinloch Lodge - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Kinloch Lodge - Hostel
Kinloch Lodge - Hostel Kinloch
Kinloch Lodge Backpacker
Kinloch Lodge
Kinloch Lodge Hostel
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat Kinloch
Kinloch Wilderness Retreat Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Is Kinloch Wilderness Retreat pet-friendly?

Yes, dogs are allowed at this property.

How much does it cost to stay at ?

As of 30 Nov 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at on 2 Dec 2022 start from RMย 300.11, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat?

Self-parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat?

Check-in begins at 2:00 PM.

What time is check-out at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat?

Checkout is at 10:00 AM.

Where is Kinloch Wilderness Retreat located?

Situated on the waterfront, this eco-friendly hostel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Lake Wakatipu, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Routeburn Track and Routeburn Shelter.

Overall score and ratings


Very good

Rating 5 - Excellent. 30 out of 73 reviews" "
" "5 - Excellent 41%
Rating 4 - Good. 26 out of 73 reviews" "
" "4 - Good 36%
Rating 3 - Okay. 11 out of 73 reviews" "
" "3 - Okay 15%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 73 reviews" "
" "2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 5 out of 73 reviews" "
" "1 - Terrible 7%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 1 night in Apr 2022

5/5 Excellent

Verified traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Comfortable stay at Kinloch Lodge in a 4 person dorm. Had a nice kitchen and lounge. Good wifi. There is a restaurant at the lodge however really not much else in Kinloch from what I could tell. It is however a budget location close to a lot of hiking if you don't want to camp.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

J Stowe
Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Excellent location for Great Walks
Great location and fantastic way to start our trek up the Caples and Routeburn tracks. We loved that the hotel was close to the start and conclusion of both tracks. In addition, we were away from the noise of Queenstown. Well worth it.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

Verified traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Verified traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Trip down memory lane
Fantastic place to stay that has a range of accommodation to suit most budgets.I especially like the heritage lodge. Great location, especially if you are a keen walker. The Routeburn track and other hikes are close by. So nice to stay somewhere with plenty of character and history. Lovely meals and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Fabulous deck for enjoying a wine and the view. Do bring your sandfly repellent.
Stayed 1 night in Apr 2019

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
Beautiful place
Was great except for the sand flies
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2019

4/5 Good

Verified traveller
Travelled with family, Business traveller, Travelled with group
Liked: Staff & service
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2019

3/5 Okay

Verified traveller
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2019

5/5 Excellent

Verified traveller
Liked: Staff & service
What a cool, special place to be. A hidden gem with incredible views across the lake and of the mountains all around. Very enjoyable deck restaurant for full meal or just a relaxing beverage.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2019

3/5 Okay

Liked: Cleanliness, room comfort
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
A bit outdated, too many sandflies, stuff were ok, view was nice.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2019