New Zealand’s first net zero energy accommodation launched

Set to be the most sustainable camp in the southern hemisphere, Camp Glenorchy is ‘earth-friendly’. Located 40 picturesque minutes’ drive north of Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Camp Glenorchy is a base for exploring the many walking tracks, cycling, horse trekking and activities on the water.


The range of accommodation options includes seven new cosy cabins available in one, two, or three-room configurations offering flexibility and convenience for individuals, couples, families, and groups. Each cabin has super-king beds with fine linens and towels, heated floors and a silent air-exchange system to keep the room fresh at any temperature.

A desk and computer tablet with interactive cabin controls, an outdoor veranda, an en-suite bathroom complete with high-tech composting toilet and a walk-in rain shower set the scene for a comfortable stay.

Guests also have access to the Homestead’s communal kitchen, dining areas, sunroom, Greenstone living room, and outdoor space on the deck overlooking the lush native landscaping and the views of Mount Alfred and the Earnslaw Glacier beyond. For those who don’t wish to cook, there are plenty of options in the village for dining.

Designed by local artist, Dan Kelly, and landscape artist Jeffrey Bale, the stone mosaic walkways representing the River Dart lead to a huge scheelite stone shelter for gathering around the campfire. Complete with BBQs and skylights, good company and a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc set the mood for a memorable evening.


“The camp has been built using thoughtful design, healthy materials and sustainable practices which have all conserved resources,” added New Zealand In Depth’s Paul Carberry.

With a garden holding 600 solar panels generating electricity, the camp generates enough power to feed a surplus back to grid for recovery in winter. Add to this the wider programmes in place to use 50% less energy and 50% less water than similar facilities. The property is so self-sufficient with power, water, and food, its designated to provide a central space for visitors and the community in the event of an earthquake.

Founded by Paul and Debbi Brainerd from the USA, who fell in love with the area whilst walking the Routeburn Track and holidaying in the region for two decades, the camp continues to support its local community with all its profits.

Available year round, a five-night six-day New Zealand In Depth itinerary costs from GBP 750 (US$1000) per person, not including flights. This includes a stay in one of the deluxe double cabins and car hire; not including flights.

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