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4.2 out of 5

"A bit outdated, too many sandflies, stuff were ok, view was nice. " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 21 Jan 2019

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Hotel Description

At Kinloch Lodge - Hostel, you'll be 0.2 km (0.1 mi) from Lake Wakatipu and 17.2 km (10.7 mi) from Routeburn Shelter. Highlights at this hostel include a restaurant, free self parking, and a bar/lounge.

Living rooms, dining areas, and WiFi are featured in all 13 individually decorated rooms. Refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops make in-room dining convenient. Additionally, rice cookers, free local calls, and hair dryers are available.

The restaurant, Kinloch Lodge Restaurant, serves local cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy the spa tub along with access to kayaking and bike rentals. Additionally, you'll find WiFi in public areas, coffee/tea in a common area, and laundry facilities. Cooked-to-order breakfast is available daily between 8 AM and 10 AM. There's also free extended parking, along with the convenience of an area shuttle.

With a stay at this 4-star Kinloch hostel, you'll be 25 km (15.5 mi) from Glenorchy Golf Club and 25.6 km (15.9 mi) from Glenorchy Waterfront Reserve.

Double or Twin Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
NZ$105* Per night/room 2 Mar. - 3 Mar.

Standard Room, 2 Single Beds, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Triple Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 3 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Superior King Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Family Room, 1 Bedroom, Shared Bathroom, Mountain View

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Standard Room, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Kinloch Lodge - Hostel ratings based on 22 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Kinloch Lodge - Hostel

Everyone (12) Couples (4) Family (6)
3 out of 5

Posted by on 24 Feb. 2019

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3 out of 5
A bit outdated, too many sandflies, stuff were ok, view was nice.

Posted by on 21 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

25 Jan. 2019 by Portia

Our hostel rooms were built in the 1970s (long before our time here) and are regularly deep cleaned, checked and maintained e.g. fresh paint. The photos of our rooms online accurately reflect what we offer, outdated is a matter of opinion that we would disagree with given that we replace items often due to usage. Unfortunately we have no control over sandflies but do provide insect repellent for restaurant guests and sell it in our shop, as well as fly screens over windows, we do what we can. Our view has been called many things but nice would be an understatement for quite a few people...

5 out of 5
Very enjoyable stay at Kinloch Lodge. Great base for walking the Routeburn Track.

Posted by , from Queensland, Australia on 21 Nov. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

1 Dec. 2018 by Portia

Thanks Mike!

5 out of 5

Posted by on 16 Oct. 2018

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3 out of 5
Wotif did a wrong presentation. 1. The place is 70 Kms From Queenstown....far away....its not nearby....pls understand... 2. Shared Bathroom and Toilets not clarified as its Hostel Youth...

Posted by , from Sydney on 27 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

1 Dec. 2017 by Portia

Thanks for writing a review. Unfortunately while we do try to make clear where we are websites like this present our location as the crow flies and there's nothing we can do. Wotif feeds from Expedia and we have made clear there that rooms have shared bathrooms. Sorry we weren't what you were looking for.

3 out of 5

Close to the mountains and the beach

Wotif misled me into thinking that it is 20 km out of Queenstown. It did not have a attached toilet which I wasn't aware of.

Posted by on 31 Jul. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

5 Aug. 2017 by Portia

Apologies that wotif didn't make our location clear, we do try to make sure that everyone understands where we are as we appreciate that it's not what everyone's looking for.

4 out of 5


The perfect spot to stop & re-charge one's batteries. Staff are extremely willing & helpful, fabulous food, cooked from their kitchen. It is a serene, peaceful place just wants needed at the end of a busy holiday moving from place to place, Thank you Kinloch.

Posted by on 30 Jan. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

2 Feb. 2017 by Kinloch Lodge

Thanks for your review, we're glad you had a good time!

3 out of 5

Almost worth the money you pay.

Location: The hotel is set in beautiful location. But Involves lot of travel to reach
Room had limited facilities. Shared toilets and bathroom.

Posted by , from Sydney on 17 Oct. 2016

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4 out of 5

Friendly staff, cosy place, fantastic location

Cons: Fresher bedding in dorm rooms.
Loved it. I just stayed in a dorm but its good because everyone is there to hike, bike, be outdoors so managed to get a good nights sleep, not be disturbed by drunk people or anything. The dorm was super warm when i put the heater on and was a nice touch having a hot water bottle handy too. Hot tub was awesome for after a day of walking and the view over the lake is gorgeous.

Posted by , from wanaka on 19 Apr. 2015

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5 out of 5
Pros: A bit of colonial New Zealand
Location: Away from it all
Facilities: Above average; Value: Affordable; Service: Go the extra mile, Great Hosts; Cleanliness: Faultless; Great Tramping and Fishing nearby

Posted by , from New Zealand on 9 Feb. 2015

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About the Kinloch Lodge - Hostel

Location 862 Kinloch Road, Kinloch, 9372

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi is available in public spaces for a fee. Event space at this hostel measures 215 square feet (20 square meters) and includes a meeting room. A spa tub, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the eco-friendly Kinloch Lodge - Hostel. The hostel can provide concierge services and wedding services. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Kinloch hostel.

  • 1 floor
  • 13 guestrooms or units
  • 215 sq ft of conference space
  • 20 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1975
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • 1 conference room
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Television in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Separate living room1
  • Laundry facilities
  • Separate dining area
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Free long-term parking , Free self parking


  • Airport: Queenstown (ZQN-Queenstown Intl.) (78.6 km / 48.9 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking and extended parking

Room Amenities

Kinloch Lodge - Hostel offers 13 accommodations with rice cookers and shared/communal kitchens. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate living rooms. Guests can make use of the in-room full-sized refrigerators/freezers and microwaves. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. This Kinloch hostel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Communal kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Refrigerator (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Rice cooker
  • Kitchenware
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Heating
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 8 AM to 10 AM.

Kinloch Lodge Restaurant - This restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 8 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 6 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 6 PM.
Guests arriving after 6 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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


  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information, you can reach out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • No lifts
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • UnionPay


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between NZD 12 and NZD 25 for adults, NZD 6 and NZD 9.5 for children (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 5 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 5.00 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 20 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • 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 - Hostel Kinloch
  • Kinloch Lodge - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Kinloch Lodge - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Kinloch

You should know

  • To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly using the information on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

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

National Rating

Qualmark® assigns an official star rating for accommodations in New Zealand. This Backpacker property is rated 4 star plus.

Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.