The country’s first net zero energy accommodation has launched along the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, with the arrival of the ‘earth-friendly’ luxury Camp Glenorchy. The range of accommodation options include seven cosy cabins available in one, two or three-room configurations.
According to specialist travel company, New Zealand In Depth, Camp Glenorchy is set to be the most sustainable camp in the southern hemisphere, if not the world. The property is so self-sufficient with power, water and food, it’s designated to provide a central space for visitors and the community in the event of an earthquake.
“The camp has been built using thoughtful design, healthy materials and sustainable practices, which have all conserved resources,” says New Zealand In Depth’s Paul Carberry. “With a solar garden holding 600 solar panels providing electricity, the camp generates enough power to feed a surplus back to grid for recovery in winter.”
Guests have access to a communal kitchen, dining areas, sun room, Greenstone living room, and outdoor space on the deck overlooking the lush native landscaping and the stunning views of Mount Alfred and the Earnslaw Glacier. Each cabin has super-king beds, heated floors and a silent air-exchange system to keep the room fresh and comfortable at any temperature.
There is also a desk and computer tablet with interactive cabin controls, an outdoor veranda, an en-suite bathroom complete with high-tech composting toilet and walk-in rain shower. When evening arrives, stone mosaic walkways lead to a huge scheelite stone shelter, which is perfect for gathering around the campfire.
Camp Glenorchy has many local walking tracks, cycling, horse trekking and activities on the water. The camp supports its local community with all its profits, and those from the nearby general store, gifted to the Glenorchy Community Trust to spend on range of community projects.
For further information on staying at Camp Glenorchy, please see here.