Lonely Planet Writer

New Zealand’s first zero energy accommodation has launched along the shores of Lake Wakatipu

We all want to be more conscious of the environment and live more sustainably, which is why new accommodation that has launched in New Zealand may be of interest to holidaymakers.

You can enjoy the communal campfire at Camp Glenorchy. Image: New Zealand In Depth

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.

There are seven cabins at Camp Glenorchy. Image: New Zealand In Depth

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.

Camp Glenorchy is New Zealand’s first net zero energy accommodation. Image: New Zealand In Depth

“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.”

Camp Glenorchy has communal areas for socialising. Image: New Zealand In Depth

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.

Camp Glenorchy is New Zealand’s first net zero energy accommodation. Image: New Zealand In Depth

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 is set to be the most sustainable camp in the southern hemisphere. Image: New Zealand In Depth

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.