Only 20 minutes drive from the start of the Routeburn Track, Kinloch is a blissful spot at the top of Lake Wakatipu. There’s nothing there other the historic (open since 1868) Kinloch Lodge (which has a YHA hostel wing) and a few holiday baches.

It was a little chilly in early June, but offered some beautifully crisp and atmospheric morning starts.

It was a great base for three day walks on the Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track, Routeburn Track, and Invincible Gold Mine Track.

The scenery getting there was pretty impressive as well, it’s only 30 minutes drive from Glenorchy.

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