Having checked out the website and the excellent reviews, we stayed a night at Kinloch Lodge after coming back from Te Anau/Miford Sound. It was a pretty long drive, the last 9 km are on gravel road. But we got a splendid view of the eagles swooping down on the pastures along the way.
It was cold and raining that day and next when we were in Kinloch Lodge. Fortunately, we were warmed by the hospitality of John Glover, the manager of the lodge. We had previously booked one of the family rooms at the Wilderness Lodge as the Heritage rooms do not allow kids. That day, there were no guests at the Heritage rooms (a 150 year old Victorian house and rooms), so John allowed us to book 2 Heritage rooms at a reasonable rate, which also came with dinner and breakfast for the adults.
We were unable to do much hiking due to the rain and sandflies, so we pretty much kept indoors. John related an interesting story of how sandflies came about in New Zealand. Accordingly to the story, when New Zealand was first created, it was so perfect no one wanted to leave. So the gods introduced sandflies to drive people out. Kind of accurate though, the sandflies are about the only thing we didn’t like in New Zealand.
Dinner and breakfast at the lodge was pretty decent. It was the only place to eat unless one wants to brave a 50km drive to Glenorchy and back. Alternatively, one can also cook at the hostel.
Still it was a good experience to have stayed at Kinloch Lodge. I am sure if the weather was better, it would have been a beautiful sight. John is an excellent host, so we will highly recommend the place. We will probably visit the place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a spectacular setting on the lakefront opposite Glenorchy township between the Routeburn and Greenstone tracks, a stay at Kinloch Lodge is a highlight of any holiday. One of just three places in the Southern Lakes to become an authors pick in the Lonely Planet guidebook. Kinloch is a haven for walkers, fishermen and people who want to feel close to their natural environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kinloch Hotel Glenorchy