Kinloch Campsite

Kinloch Campsite



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A view of Lake Wakatipu from the Kinloch Camping Ground


Kinloch Camping Ground is a great place from which to start the many walks around the area such as the Greenstone or the Caples walks. The campsite is along the edge of Lake Wakatipu and is an awesome area to just relax, have picnic and check out the amazing views.

This campsite is managed by Kinloch lodge on DOC's behalf. The nearby Kinloch lodge is available if you wish to purchase meals or showers, shop facilities also.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionGlenorchy


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 30.

Sylvia's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

After driving 9 km on a path we found a flooded campsite....

Reviewed over 2 years ago

PIPPA's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Quite a way down a gravel path but well worth it. A truly beautiful spot, by the peaceful lake and surrounded by mountains.
It has a nice little resturant next to it which served lovely food. The resturants lodge also offer showers but you have to pay.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Andrius's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Unlimited showers are 10$ now. Not the best, but you get hot water, flush toilets and even some body soap and hand soap. Showers only from 8.00-10.00am. There is no electricity socket if you want to you use blowdry. Views are amazing, few wooden tables and benches in the meadow.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

nice views to lake wakatipu and the mountains arround. but thats all you have. very good Spot for a few dollars but definetily not a scenic. 13$ for nothing but the view is too much

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2019

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Charlesbrooksphotographer's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Magnificent spot, right on the water, very private. We were the only ones here. Mountains by starlight were astonishing. Simple toilet but that’s fine. Gravel road in is high quality and fine for any kind of vehicle. Plenty of turning space.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Suvi Honkanen

Ranking: 4/10

Shower at the lodge is actually only between 8 and 10 am and costs $5. Lodge now operated by grumpy people.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jozef Pinkerton


Ranking: 8/10

Basic spot. Great views. Long drop toilet quite smelly. Good to have lodge nearby - staff member was very friendly. Mulled wine delicious on a rainy evening.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Anthony Brooker

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What an amazing little spot. Room for a few campers. Picnic tables and fresh water supply. Not that cheap but managed real-time by the lovely lodge. You can pay them directly instead of using the box. Advantage of lodge bar, cafe and restaurant. Great walks right here plus cycling.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Breanna Alexander

Ranking: 10/10

Great little spot, very quiet and serene. Nice little restaurant there as well with very friendly staff. Few sand flies around but nothing major - we went mid December.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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James Jackson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Lakeside camping spot with amazing views. Smelly long drop but nice cafe next door...

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jack Metcalfe

Ranking: 8/10

We had the entire place to ourselves and so parked right next to the lake. A really beautiful spot with stunning views over the lake. Very useful to have the lodge nearby, both for the coffee, warmth and wifi. Very friendly staff! We didn't need the toilet as we are self contained but when we checked it out it was a little smelly!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Daniel Grothaus

Ranking: 3/10

Stayed there in Feb' 16, toilet was terribly smelly, Kinloch Lodge offers hot shower for $10 only 8-10am (not related to the camping site though), camping ground was with a lot stones, sandflies all over. However, cheap at $6 per night.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Elisabet Millet


Ranking: 9/10

At the end of the road from Glenorchy, there is a campground (low cost), in front of Lake Wakatipu where you have toilets, you can make a fire and there are amazing views! We really loved spending two relaxing days here after the final rugby world cup game!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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