Cuisine: A La Carte, Bar Food, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+

A lakefront heritage experience awaits at Kinloch Lodge just 1 hour yet a million miles from the busyness of Queenstown.

The lodge was established in the 1880s by Captain Richard Bryant, an Englishman who came to New Zealand to seek gold after 20 years at sea. Unlucky at the gold fields, he and his Irish wife, Mary Anne turned their hands to hospitality. After years of neglect, the lodge was purchased in 2000 by John and Toni Glover who lovingly restored it.

Soak up the heritage atmosphere as you enjoy lunch or dinner at this unique property with jaw-dropping views. The evening menu is changed nightly to reflect the best natural produce available, which is sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible.

Wild red deer is sourced from remote South Island high country stations, DOC administered forests and mountains while lamb is sourced from Cardrona valley and eggs are courtesy of the free-range hens which live at Kinloch. Even the coffee is made with filtered water sourced from nearby Dart River.

For a hearty and truly South Island dining experience, go on an adventure to Kinloch.

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Kinloch Lodge
862 Kinloch Road
Glenorchy 9372

Open Hours:
Everyday 8am - 8pm

Phone: 03 442 4900
Website: www.kinlochlodge.co.nz

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Kinloch Lodge
Location: Glenorchy
Cuisine: A La Carte, Bar Food, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Very personalized cosy wozy experience. Fire going with great view to the Lake and glass in hand we then tucked into a great meal cooked by the lovely chef/proprietor John. Worked our way through home made soup..onto an awesome steak and fish...finishing off with Johns homemade dessert...Yummy
tummy time. We will be back soon...Thanks heaps John & Toni

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Paul Viant

This is way more than a dining experience .... it is a very manageable adventure and a great way to spend the day. We would not have been aware of the restaurant if not for browsing First Table. Against overcast skies we took the stunningly scenic drive from Queenstown along the lake’s edge to Glenorchy and then beyond, crossing several rivers and slowly winding our way along the far shore. Just beautiful and with light drizzle and mist almost otherworldly. We were welcomed by a warm fire & genuinely friendly staff into a cosy dining room adorned with a host of interesting period pieces. The food, well presented & very tasty, had an innovative country kitchen feel using local produce; even the bread was baked onsite in the restaurant’s kitchen. We journeyed back reflecting on one of our best outings ever and a destination we will definitely be visiting again with friends and family.

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Kirsty Jane

Had an absolutely awesome time and would HIGHLY recommend. Absolutely spectacular views, gorgeous , tranquil surroundings and peace in the natural beauty. We had the shared platter which was different from bay platters we've had before because it had a salad with chunky winter vegetables and handpicked salad leaves! The chutneys were gorgeous and the Brie was soft and tasty! We also had some spiced wine which was crisp and cinnamon, perfect for a spring lunchtime . We also tried the Gibbston Sav and a dark ale whichever were both fab. Our hostess was lovely, chatty and attentive with super friendly and excellent service. Couldn't recommend highly enough!

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Jill Fearn

Fantastic location. Perhaps needs to be clearer that not actually in Glenorchy

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Very personalized cosy wozy experience. Fire going with great view to the Lake and glass in hand we then tucked into a great meal cooked by the lovely chef/proprietor John. Worked our way through home made soup..onto an awesome steak and fish...finishing off with Johns homemade dessert...Yummy
tummy time. We will be back soon...Thanks heaps John & Toni

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Lovely setting..... nice to be able to sit in or out. We were made to feel very welcome. We each enjoyed our meal. Dessert well presented. Good coffee.

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Paul Viant

This is way more than a dining experience .... it is a very manageable adventure and a great way to spend the day. We would not have been aware of the restaurant if not for browsing First Table. Against overcast skies we took the stunningly scenic drive from Queenstown along the lake’s edge to Glenorchy and then beyond, crossing several rivers and slowly winding our way along the far shore. Just beautiful and with light drizzle and mist almost otherworldly. We were welcomed by a warm fire & genuinely friendly staff into a cosy dining room adorned with a host of interesting period pieces. The food, well presented & very tasty, had an innovative country kitchen feel using local produce; even the bread was baked onsite in the restaurant’s kitchen. We journeyed back reflecting on one of our best outings ever and a destination we will definitely be visiting again with friends and family.

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Quyet Trinh Vu

One of our very best restaurant experiences! We travel through the gravel road from Glenorchy but it was totally worth it. The view from our table was spectacular - beautiful and peaceful. The food was excellent - we left nothing on the plates.

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Anna Boulton-Scott

Such great views and delicious food!

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Good!!

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Excellent service great food and a great location with views out over Lake Wakatipu

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When booking this, I thought it was in Glenorchy but it’s actually another 30 min drive to Kinloch. It is a pretty drive. The lodge is kinda cool, full of nostalgic things. The service was great, one woman running everything (except kitchen.)
The food was just mediocre. Don’t come here for the food but if you want to go to Kinloch, it is the only place to eat.

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Gail Celenk

Loved the food staff and the views

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Sagar Khemani

Great location, it was really peaceful. Very friendly staff and great food !! Would recommend to everyone

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Stephanie Prendergast

Great location.

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Jack Starbuck

Wonderful scenery, attentive service, and the incredible sharing platter for two. One of the best dining experiences we have had in New Zealand!

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Sarah Jaay

Great lunch!

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Gail Bradley

Our party had a lovely lunch, very relaxing with attentive staff. The setting is lovely with lake views.

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Medicine-Woman Medicine-Woman

After riding horses on an amazing two day over night ride it was great sitting outside and having a refreshing signature cocktail with fresh mint and rosemary . The board with many selections of cheeses , fish , fruit, and vegetables was presented beautifully . Our server was extremely interesting from living in other countries and was very pleasant when we carried a conversation . We plan to come back .

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This is an amazing place. It is a little ways outside if glenarchy so it is also not very hard to grab a spot. It is perfect place to go after a day hike in the area as it is close to all of the hikes in the area.

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What a beautiful place! Very impressed with the selection of food considering how remote they are. They also were accommodation to my nutritional needs, thank you!!

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Dion Dunlop

We had a lovely time out at Kinloch.a great setting.

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Loved the food & vibe
Will return again

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Ash Dawes

delicious lunch, small menu, peaceful spot

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katerina maceskova

Great food, friendly service, the place feels really homely.

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We had a awesome time at Kinloch. The day was stunning. The platter for 2 was really big and a great mix of meats and relishes and veges.The steak was tasty and nicely cooked and the beef burger was delicious.The Mondillo Rose was so yummy. Thank you. We will be back to visit.

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Jacky Nuxoll

Great Food with kind and welcoming staff. Alongside the secluded location and sunny skies, this is a must if youre visiting the area or need to get away from busy Queenstown.

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The platter for two lunch with a glass of savvy by the fireside was a real treat. Wonderful delicious food and excellent friendly service. Not to be missed.
Thank you.

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Moddee Sangtong

We had a beautiful platter for two. The food, service and the view was excellent!

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Rose Stuart-Menzies

Absolutely loved it! If you like discovery part of NZ you have never seen before, and ending up at a lovely little lodge for a beautiful meal...then you should try this! It is 25 mins past Glenorchy, but the drive is worth it. We had lunch, and ordered a shared platter, which was the best platter ever! We will be back for sure, bringing our husbands next time! My 'profile photo' is of our lunch there at Kinloch yesterday! 10/10 for a unique experience!

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Kirsty Jane

Had an absolutely awesome time and would HIGHLY recommend. Absolutely spectacular views, gorgeous , tranquil surroundings and peace in the natural beauty. We had the shared platter which was different from bay platters we've had before because it had a salad with chunky winter vegetables and handpicked salad leaves! The chutneys were gorgeous and the Brie was soft and tasty! We also had some spiced wine which was crisp and cinnamon, perfect for a spring lunchtime . We also tried the Gibbston Sav and a dark ale whichever were both fab. Our hostess was lovely, chatty and attentive with super friendly and excellent service. Couldn't recommend highly enough!

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Claire Norton

Great service and amazing views. Great spot for lunch.

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Olly Hart

My boyfriend and I had a beautiful meal at Kinloch. We started by sharing the ploughmans platter then both had the beautiful venison stew with potatoe cakes and moi moi crisps, it was amazing! We even had room for dessert. Such a lovely evening in a stunning setting.

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We ordered lamb shank and venison stew, the dishes were delicious. The waiter was very friendly and we felt welcomed. The place is quiet and has beautiful view of river. Thanks for having us:-)

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Juliana Costa Fernandes

It was an incredible experience!! The food was perfect and the service too. The landscape take your breath away, which makes the ride much more special. We will certainly back!!

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Cleone Blomfield

Drving to Kinloch from Queenstown via Glenorchy on a winters day is a great experience. We photographed the mountains covered in snow and also ventured another 12 kms to the beginning of the Greenstone and had to ford two creeks. The Lodge was built in 1868 and is full of memorabilia. The three of us enjoyed a shared platter with fresh ham of the bone followed by a wild venison stew. I had a pear and chocolate almond crumble with almond ice-cream a fitting end to an enjoyable meal in the warmth.

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Kinloch lodge has the only restaurant open for dinners that we knew of on the Glenorchy side of the lake, and it happened to be 15 minutes drive from our accommodation

So initially we weren't expecting anything fancy. Most of the a la carte menu is typical of what you'd expect to see at a gastro pub. We opted to go for the 3 course set menu, which looked a little bit fancier.

Entrees:
Gin and tonic John Dory:3.5/5
Chefs’ home made soup: 3.5/5
Twice baked pork belly: 4/5

Mains:
Cardrona Merino lamb, mash, roast vegetables: 4/5
Wild venison stew, gnocchi, carrots and leeks: 3.5/5
Monk fish, seasonal vegetables: 3.5/5

Deserts:
Rich dark chocolate tart: 4.5/5
Crumble(?): 4.5/5
Baked cheesecake with berries: 4.5/5

The most memorable things from the evening were the deserts. Although the entrees and mains sounded enticing, and were nicely presented, the size, flavours and textures didn't really pan out as expected. In hindsight, we probably would have been happier with the a la carte menu from a value for money perspective.

The reason for the neutral service score is that the restaurant was also where people checked into the lodge. This meant the main server was doing double duty checking people in, and people were coming in and out of the restaurant area, often leaving the door open (when the night temperatures were in single digits).

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Tim Errington

We had the 3 course fixed price menu and it was absolutely fabulous, the pea and mint soup was delicious and as for the venison stew, sublime. I would certainly recommend eating at Kinloch Lodge and will be returning for dinner I hope in the not too distant future. Cheers

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The location, food and good company was just amazing. An historic setting with an awesome view of the lake in a romote location..nothing better.
100% hats off to John and Toni and their Team for making our stay
memorable and 'that wanting to come back soon' kinda feeling.

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Sunny Li

We had a lovely time at Kinloch.Actually we already been here for several times,the place itself was amazing ,nice and quiet .
We ordered the full meals this time,the chunky soup and platter was very nice and special ,and also the staff was so helpful ,she make us feel so welcomed.Thank you so much.We will be back for sure!

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Trineka Newton

Excellent food and friendly service. The gin and tonic John Dory was divine as was the Venison stew. Already looking at my next visit!

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Rachel Judd

Kinloch lodge is in a beautiful location on the edge of the lake. The restaurant has an amazing view, relaxing music, attentive staff and great food. We had the set menu which was delicious. Overall a fantastic experience.

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John Fisher

Succulent lamb, rich and warming venison and Whittaker's chocolate tart to die for. Plus, of course, an unparalleled view over the Dart River to Glenorchy and the Richardson range.
For our last evening in New Zealand, we could not have been in a more delightful place.
Definitely on our list for next time.

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Stephanie Prendergast

Little confusion to begin the evening as the wait staff didn't seem too sure of the First Table reservation. Beautiful location, we had the 3 course menu and it was great, portions slightly on the small side but filling none the less. We had an extra guest join us for dinner and grateful that this was accommodated without a fuss.

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Great food. Beautiful location. Friendly service. Thanks for a delicious meal.

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Fantastic breakfast with amazing views, loved it!

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Having booked at Kinloch Lodge gave us the opportunity to experience the most beautiful of drives. We had the steak and the battered fish - both were good.

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Catherine Ansell

Excellent food and location

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La'a Tamarau

One of my favourite places to eat, against a beautiful setting. Service is very relaxed so be patient :)

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Ed Davidson-Brett

Amazing location and view to enjoy some excellent home cooked food with. Service from the owners was friendly and genuine. Throughly recommend

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Awesome location, great menu:)

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Gudrun Barth

The views of the lake and mountains alone would be well worth it but the food too was fantastic! I had the chefs choice 3-course dinner which was delicious. The chocolate mousse for dessert was just divine!!! Lovely service and I can highly recommend the jam night on the last Friday of the month.

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Ben Dessard

We had a great adventure making it to Kinloch! What a drive!
The place is super-cute and cozy, except for the sandflies...
The beautiful Syrah kept us warm. Marleen went for the 3-course meal and the carrot soup was off the charts. I got the fish&chips which was ok.
The service was good, the new personnel was very friendly and helpful.
We highly recommend first table at Kinloch Lodge!

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