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Stay in the latest eco-conscious accommodation in New Zealand


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Ditch the polluted city for a natural haven; a newly-opened accommodation complex promises to provide the most sustainable and eco-friendly hospitality in New Zealand. 

Camp Glenorchy, located at the head of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand (a 40-minute drive from Queenstown), opened its doors in March this year and is the country’s first-ever Net Zero Energy accommodation. 

There is a huge range of cabins, bunkrooms or powered campervan/RV sites, with prices fit for any budget.

The camp is the third stage of an environmentally sustainable tourism development known as The Headwaters, with all of the profits from bookings going to the local Glenorchy Community Trust to support initiatives that enhance the livability of the small town.

All of the buildings situated within the camp are connected to a booking system, meaning that they are only heated up when necessary and the correct amount of hot water is saved up depending on the number of guests per room.

The camp boasts recycled materials such as timbers and corrugated metal that make up the structures of the site.

In order to reduce the demand for water, the site collects rain-water in underground tanks for re-use.

Wastewater from showers, sinks and washing machines is treated on-site using natural systems and then recycled. 

The Headwaters project was created by US-born Glenorchy locals, Paul and Debbi Brainerd, who have previously undertaken environmentally-friendly projects in North America.

Commenting on the main aims of the eco-friendly complex, Paul Brainerd stated: “Camp Glenorchy aims to educate, inspire and delight guests by showcasing some of the most innovative and energy-efficient products in the world.

“One example is our commitment to achieving Net Zero energy use. Our large solar garden, smart lighting, energy-efficient building designs and highly-efficient heat systems reduce energy demand while creating a comfortable and enjoyable experience for our guests.” 

It suffices to say, you won’t be short of things to do during a stay, as the location of the camp is renowned for some of New Zealand’s best hiking trails and national parks, as well as water sports activities and scenic views. Plus, anyone who wants to take their pet along can, as the site is pet-friendly.

Some of the other facilities that the site provides include free wifi, on-site parking, charging stations for electric cars, bike and ski storage and a mountain-view restaurant.

Debbi and Paul’s main hope for camp Glenorchy is that it will inspire guests to implement sustainable practices into their own homes and communities.

Debbi Brainerd commented: “We’ve tried to create an experience at Camp Glenorchy that integrates the latest technology, while also delivering a warm, friendly experience to our guests.

“Recycled and reclaimed materials with amazing textures and history were given preference over new ones, including material from old woolsheds from throughout the South Island and demolished buildings that fell in the Christchurch earthquakes.”

Pricing ranges from NZD$75 for a shared bunkroom bed per night, to NZD$395 per night for an ensuite king or split-king singles cabin room.

Book your stay here.

Images courtesy of Tourism New Zealand.

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