Dunalistair House - a luxury 4 bedroom holiday home and accommodation at The Kinloch Golf Club, Lake Taupo, New Zealand.


Dunalistair House run some of the countries best golf packages and deals. Latest on offer is the Stay 2, Play 1 offering which includes 2 nights accommodation for up to 8 guests, and included in the stay is a round of golf at The Kinloch Club or Wairakei International. The offer extends to 3 nights and offering complimnetary games at both courses, so we feel that this is one of our best golf deals yet! More details here 2 Night Stay and Play Deal - Dunalistair House.

A stay at Dunalistair House Taupo Accommodation has offered golfers, families and friends to come together in an environment where they can experience the very best of what the central North Island of New Zealand has to offer. Being located right on the doorstep of The Kinloch Golf Club, the 4 luxurious ensuite bedrooms are complimented by contemporary award winning design, making Dunalistair House one of the top accommodation locations in New Zealand. Winner of the Supreme Home of the Year in 2008 for architect Brendon Gordon, the cedar and schist stone features have enhanced the luxurious living areas to create a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living, overlooking the stunning hills of Kinloch and Lake Taupo in the distance.


The accommodation at Dunalistair has a distinct look and style, which is why it is a truly remarkable hoilday home. Dunalistair is available to rent all year round for discerning travellers looking for a luxury home from which to rest, enjoy and savour the surrounds of Kinloch and the greater Taupo area.

The home is beautifully designed and finished with no expense spared. For the luxury traveller, it is a must stay property for anyone looking at some time in the region.

Ensure to spend some time at Dunalistair House - with an abundance of local activities to experience, a 4 night stay offers a fantastic introduction to the very best options.

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Dunalistair House is the ideal luxury holiday home from which to holiday in. Its surroundings and the great golf, fishing, walking, biking and sightseeing that can be done in the region are unrivalled. Located alongside The Kinloch Golf Club, which is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course in New Zealand, Dunalistair House has 4 large bedrooms, offering guests privacy, luxury and comfort at a competitive price. The owners of Dunalistair House love to play golf, so they wish to share with you this incredible location. Please note that a minimum stay of 2 nights applies during high season, and for single room bookings during high season (mid December - April), a minimum stay of 3 nights applies. Read Dunalistair House owner Alistair Tod's review on The Kinloch Club Golf Course.

Near the village of Kinloch, on the northern shores of Lake Taupo, Dunalistair is the epitomy of understated luxury, with 4 ensuite bedrooms, ample entertainment areas and also a media room with 50 inch plasma screen and home automation system. The property is an ideal location for friends or families to stay in luxurious comfort. The house also offers a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a BBQ and offers complimentary Wifi throughout the house. The home is fully double glazed with automated underfloor heating ensuring maximum guest comfort.

Dunalistair House accommodation is accesible for any size of group, being on offer on an exclusive basis, but priced on a per room basis.


$550 per night for 1 room

$990 per night for 2 rooms

$1390 per night for 3 rooms

$1790 per night for 4 rooms


Our Top 10 to do list in and around Kinloch and Taupo whilst staying at Dunalistair House:

1. A round of golf - On the doorstep - The Kinloch Club

2. Walk or mountain bike the W2K track from Whaikaipo Bay to Kinloch.

3. Visit the majestic Huka Falls.

4. Visit the Geothermal fields of Orakei Korako.

5. Go fishing! Whether it be trout fishing on the Lake from Kinloch, or wilderness fishing in some of the back-country waters of the Taupo region, the area has some of the worlds best flyfishing.

6. Fish and Chips on the beach at Kinloch ! One of past guests favourites!

7. A private visit Graham Moellers Art Gallery in Taupo - one of New Zealand's greatest oil artists.

8. Visit some natural Hot Pools either at DeBretts or take the kids to the AC Baths.

9. Take a day trip to Rotorua and witness Wingspan, take a trip on the luge, gondola or visit the agrodome. Rotorua is only a 1 hour drive from Dunalistair House.

10. Take a Helipro scenic Volcanic Safari Flight. This 90 minutes flying offers some of the most dramatic volcanic scenery you'll ever see.

The Kinloch Golf Club is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in New Zealand and was awarded the Top new course outside North America on opening by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. Dunalistair House was opened on 29th February 2008, the same day that Jack Nicklaus visited Kinloch to open the full 18 holes. Dunalistair House is purpose built as a luxury hideaway for guests looking to explore the many wonders of the Central North Island of New Zealand. Kinloch is located only 15 minutes drive from Taupo town.

The owners of Dunalistair House live only two minutes from the accommodation, so guests can take advantage if they wish of the concierge service that Alistair & Kirsty offer to discover the many incredible activities available in the region, from jet-boating, walking, biking, trout fishing (lake and river), to heli-sightseeing.

The Kinloch Golf Course is a masterpiece of architectural golf course design. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course has been ranked Top new course outside America in 2008. It is also ranked a Top 100 golf course in the world for 2011 by www.top100golfcourses.co.uk, along with a Top 100 ranking outside North America by Golf Digest Magazine in 2012. Being the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in New Zealand, it is considered by many to be one of Jack Nicklaus' finest designs in the world to date, offering a tough challenge of golf on a links style layout, with heavily undulating greens.

A minimum two night stay applies at this accommodation and during peak season, for one room bookings, 3 night minimum applies.

Make an enquiry or email Dunalistair House through this Contact and Book Dunalistair House.

There are not many luxury holiday homes and accommodation in Taupo available to rent, which identifies Dunalistair House as a property of utmost quality. Kinloch, which is a quaint holiday village located just 15 minutes from Taupo is a sleepy village on the north shore of Lake Taupo itself, offering fantatic lakefront beaches, walking, a store and restaurant along with one of the worlds most impressive inland marinas. The area of Kinloch and Taupo are renowned for geothermal activity, golf, maori culture, volcanoes and of course fly fishing. Dunalistair House owner, Alistair Tod is writing a blog and journal on his trout fishing experienced in the region from September 2012 - August 2013 which can be accessed from this link. Alistair Tod Taupo Fly Fishing Journal.Lake Taupo is world renowned for its trout fishing. Trout spawn up the many rivers that flow into Taupo, offering fly fisherman a sporting heaven.

Golf is also a popular pastime in the area. With the Wairakei International Golf Course and The Kinloch Golf Club, there are now two world class 5 star golf facilities in the region which offer golf enthusiasts an exceptional opportunity. Within the local area there is also the Taupo Golf Club, Rotorua Golf Club and the Taumaranui Golf Club all offering excellent club golf courses with friendly members and social clubs.

It was interesting to note the judges comments who awarded Dunalistair House the Supreme Architectural Award, 'The designer has created a warm and sophisticated holiday home in a country setting. With its careful use of natural materials, spacious and uncomplicated planning and large open spaces, it provides an attractive environment that looks easy to use."

Golf Package Deal

We recommend 5 golf courses in the local vicinity of Dunalistair House - Taupo Centennial Golf Club, The Kinloch Club, Wairakei International Golf Course, Turangi Golf Club and our hidden gem about a 1 hour 5 minute drive away, Taumaranui Golf Club.

Dunalistair House - About this Luxury Accommodation

Main Accommodation Features

Dunalistair House offers guests with a location to treat as their home from home. A unique type of holiday experience will be experienced here, and as more and more travellers are requiring privacy and relaxation as their primary requirements when they wish to travel, it was with this in mind that Dunalistair House is such an exceptional location. Ideal as a wedding venue as well (with the stunning views towards the Kinloch hills and Lake Taupo in the distance), you are assured of a stunning setting. 4 ensuite bedrooms, large entertaining areas, 2 televisions, a media center, wireless broadband throughout and a BBQ all add up to ensure complete comfort for any configuration of 8 guests to stay.

The kitchen specs are of the highest standard, allowing for ease of use, whether by you or by our on call executive chef. Take advantage also of the concierge service provided by the owners of Dunalistair House, Alistair & Kirsty Tod, who only live 2 minutes away in the village of Kinloch.

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To top a day off with style, return to your luxury accommodation and allow our executive chef Prue Campbell to prepare a stunning 4 course degustation meal. Ingredients are sourced locally, resulting in an unforgettable dining experience.

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Accommodation Location

Kinloch - Taupo, New Zealand

The village of Kinloch is a quaint and peaceful location on the north shore of Lake Taupo. Only 15 minutes drive from Taupo town itself, Kinloch enjoys the quieter calm of a village with enviable character and charm.

To Holiday in the Taupo region is ideal for couples and families, and now with the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, is becoming a stay and play destination for golf enthusiasts around the world. There are amble accommodation options available with holiday homes aplenty in the Kinloch village and on the golf course.

Getting Here

Kinloch is situated in the centre of The North Island of New Zealand enroute between Auckland and Wellington. The village is a 3 hour drive from Auckland and a 4 hour drive from Wellington. The village is also only 15 minutes from Taupo, and a 50 minute drive to Rotorua.

World Class Golf in the vicinity

The Kinloch Club, Wairakei International and Cape Kidnappers are all within easy reach of Dunalistair House. New Zealand's only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, The Kinloch Club was rated top new course outside North America, by Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine, 2007.

In Taupo you will also find Wairakei International which is New Zealand's most established international golf course. A classic parkland layout and always exceptionally maintained, Wairakei offers all levels of golfer a truly enjoyable experience.

Cape Kidnappers is ranked in the Top 50 of the world by Golf Magazine, making it a truly exceptional golfing experience. A full day trip by road, or a 35 minute helicopter ride, this Tom Doak course warrants the helicopter journey just for the mind blowing aerial views! Helicopter transfers can be as little as the round of golf itself, so well worth enquiring to arrive and depart this way.

Activities from Dunalistair House Accommodation, Taupo, New Zealand.


Of course golf is the ultimate reason why to stay at Dunalistair House. With The Kinloch Golf Club and Wairakei International only 15 minutes away, Dunalistair House is an ideal golfers retreat. Kinloch is a Jack Nicklaus Signature course and one of only 3 in Australasia, and the only one in New Zealand. Jack Nicklaus himself spent a considerable amount of time overseeing the development of Kinloch and was extremely impressed with the golf course on its completion. Wairakei International is also an outstanding golf experience, being a park-like design set amongst attractive pine trees, lakes and streams.


The Taupo region is famous for the Tongariro Crossing - known as one of the best one day walks in the world. The National Park (a World Heritage Site) that the crossing is within, is rich in cultural identity and dramatic scenery. The crossing is 18.5 Kilometres in length, offering varying terrain that is challenging in places, yet truly rewarding, giving all those who have completed the crossing an unforgettable experience.

Heli Tours

Helipro Scenic Flights

The Taupo branch of Helipro is our preferred supplier of helicopter transport. Operated by Toby Clark, a commercial pilot with over 25 years of experience, Helipro together with Dunalistair House have put together a wide range of packages to take guests on trips including Mount Ruapehu, Tarawera, White Island, and also winery tours. Helipro will even pick you up from the front lawn of the accommodation.

Adventure Seekers

Biking, Hiking, Team Building, Whitewater Rafting

Dunalistair House has an ongoing relationship with Multiday Adventures, a Rotorua based company providing Adventure Tours, Educational Tours, Team Building, whitewater rafting adventures, mountain biking excursions, hiking and rock climbing. A professionally endorsed Qualmark tour operating company, any adventure can be custom made if required.

Trout Fishing

River or Lake Trout Fishing

Dunalistair House has access to private trout fishing waters near Taupo where you will experience some of the best dry fly and nymph fishing in the world. Rainbow & Brown Trout average 5-7lb and trophy fish of 10lb+ are not uncommon.

Lake fishing charters are also available, with local launching from the Kinloch marina, only 2 minutes from Dunalistair House.

Kinloch Beach

Some 2 minutes from Dunalistair House is the beach! A pumice beach, stretching for over 1 kilometre, the Kinloch Beach is a fantastic spot to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo, without the worries of fine sand, dangerous rips, and saltwater making it a much safer option for children.

Wairakei Terraces

Maori Culture and Custom

15 minutes drive from Dunalistair House is the Wairakei Terraces, where an opportunity exists to experience the cornerstone of Maori custom and culture. An evening includes being formerly welcomed onto the marae, and so beginning a journey into the unique and mysterious world of the Maori people.


Dunalister House is available for up to 8 golf guests at a time.

Terms & Conditions

Our Tariff includes exclusive use of the Dunalistair House Accommodation, and is subject to change

A deposit of 15% of total cost of stay is required to confirm your booking. This deposit is refundable outwith 21 days of arrival. Cancellation between 21 and 7 days before arrival results in loss of deposit. Cancellations within 7 days of arrival will result in 100% of total cost of your accommodation booking. Booking requests can be made through Globalavailability where secure credit card payments of booking costs can be made.

Contact Us

Phone: +64-7-377-8577

Address: 44 The Fairways, The Kinloch Club, Lake Taupo