Kinloch Wilderness Retreat

We offer a relaxed space for you to enjoy stunning wilderness, which many people miss on their travels as the road ends 12kms down from us (you can drive to us). There are mountains everywhere you look and we're right by Lake Whakatipu. We have lots of staff and volunteers for you to buddy up and adventure with in the summer, winter is our quiet time, and plenty of down time for you.

We're a busy family with many businesses to run. Where we can find time to socialise with volunteers we do so, however you are part of a business rather than a family home. We do expect a certain standard of work for your 20hrs a week, then the rest of the day is for you to explore or relax.

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Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.5

United States

5

This was my first time using Worldpackers, and I had a great time overall. Initially, I thought it was a volunteer opportunity, but it turned out to be a paid position, which was a nice surprise. Toni John, and T were amazing and made me feel like part of the family. Working in the mountains was refreshing, and it was cool to meet staff from all over the world. One thing to note is that Kinloch is quite remote, so having a car would definitely be helpful. Overall, I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a unique adventure and a friendly atmosphere!

28 days ago

Canada

5

This is short-term employment. If you think otherwise you will likely be disappointed, but with that understanding they are great.

about 1 month ago


Toni replied

Thanks Jarod, we do try to make it clear that this is a business so thank you for reinforcing that and for all your work.

United Kingdom

4

Kinloch is a beautiful location to spend a few weeks. The people I met during my time were the highlight of my experience. The work was always enjoyable, and there are plenty of hours going if you want to earn a bit of extra money here.

2 months ago

United Kingdom

5

We loved our time at Kinloch! The people and the scenery are absolutely lovely, we made lots of friends and enjoyed exploring the lake.
Prepare yourself for hard work - we walked into this experience thinking it was a volunteer programme, but this is a paid job and a business, so there are expectations of quality work. However, there is great flexibility depending on your skill set, and we tried out a variety of roles. Everyone was very accommodating and you receive good training, so no need to worry about being an expert.
Own transport recommended!
Overall we highly recommend Kinloch!!

2 months ago

United States

5

Toni and John run an exceptional hotel. I’ll miss John’s fabulous homemade bread and the glacial lake at my doorstep. All the staff are all such great people and thanks to our manager T, work and training went smoothly and I felt totally supported during my stay. As my first world packer experience, I couldn’t recommend this enough.

4 months ago


Perfect for you if you're looking for

Business

Contact with nature

Vegetarian / Vegan

Rural

Mountain

Wilderness