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4.3 out of 5

"Secluded, peaceful and beautiful views. " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 21 Mar 2023

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Hotel Description

At Kinloch Wilderness Retreat, you'll be 0.2 km (0.1 mi) from Lake Wakatipu and 16.8 km (10.5 mi) from Routeburn Track. Highlights at this eco-certified hostel include a restaurant, free self parking, and a bar/lounge.

The restaurant, Kinloch Lodge Restaurant, serves local cuisine and is open for breakfast and dinner. Enjoy the spa tub along with access to kayaking and bike rentals. Additionally, you'll find free 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 the convenience of an area shuttle.

Sights in the region of this 4-star Kinloch hostel include Routeburn Shelter and Greenstone Track.

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

Romantic Room

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Basic Double Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat ratings based on 23 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 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 Wilderness Retreat

Everyone (12) Couples (5) Family (6)
5 out of 5
Secluded, peaceful and beautiful views.

Posted by on 21 Mar. 2023

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22 Mar. 2023 by Portia

Thanks for coming to stay Adrian

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A bit outdated, too many sandflies, stuff were ok, view was nice.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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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 The photos of our rooms online accurately reflect what we offer, outdated is a matter of opinion that we would disagree with given that we replace items often due to usage.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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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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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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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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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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About the Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

Location 862 Kinloch Road, Kinloch, 9372

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. Event space at this hostel measures 215 square feet (20 square meters) and includes conference space. A spa tub, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the eco-certified Kinloch Wilderness Retreat. The hostel can provide concierge services and wedding services. Self parking is free. A complete renovation of Kinloch Wilderness Retreat was completed in April 2020. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Kinloch hostel.

  • 1 floor
  • 19 guestrooms or units
  • 2 buildings
  • 215 sq ft of conference space
  • 20 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1868
  • Conference space
  • 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
  • Bar or lounge
  • Dining venue

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Separate living room
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Separate dining area
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Wireless internet access

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Internet access - wireless


Free self parking


  • Property shuttles: Area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Kinloch Wilderness Retreat offers 19 accommodations with shared/communal kitchens and hair dryers. Rooms open to balconies or patios. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate dining areas. Full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and rice cookers are provided. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • Private balcony or patio
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area
  • 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, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered. Reservations are required.

Hotel Policies


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

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Guests will receive key retrieval information.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
Guests will receive key retrieval information.


  • Check-out by 10:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

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

Pet Policy

  • Pets are welcome and stay free
  • Only dogs are allowed
  • Certain rooms only
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching 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 may be 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.

This property accepts major credit cards, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Union Pay, debit cards, and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays. Personal protective equipment, including gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

  • No lifts
  • Pets allowed in specific rooms only
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards
  • Pets allowed (no fees)
  • UnionPay
  • Staffed front desk
  • Smoke detector
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are not washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety


Optional extras

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

  • Fee for cooked-to-order breakfast: approximately NZD 15–32 for adults, and NZD 6–9.5 for children
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 20 per night

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

You should know

  • Pets are welcome in specific rooms only, which can be requested by contacting the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Qualmark

National Rating

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

Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®

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Frequently Asked Questions

*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.