Queenstown, South Island

Camp Glenorchy

Camp Glenorchy

Camp Glenorchy - NZ's first zero energy accommodation

Camp Glenorchy - NZ's first zero energy accommodation

solar panels at Camp Glenorchy - NZ's first zero energy accommodation

Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat

Open on selected weekends through July and August.  Visit our facebook page or enquire for details.
Open fulltime from September 16th.
Check out our awesome family package available from September:

This new, innovative and sustainable destination captures the essence of community, connection and respect for our planet. Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat's goal is to delight and inspire visitors and is welcoming, cosy and comfortable. NZ’s first Net Zero energy guest accommodation includes cosy self-contained 2-3 bedroom cabins, comfy bunkrooms, powered RV sites, shared kitchen, dining areaBBQs, fireplace and lots of communal space. Visitors will love the artist-designed campfire shelter and stone mosaic walkways.   

NZ’s first NetZero Energy accommodations are set just 40 minutes north of Queenstown at the head of sparkling turquoise Lake Wakatipu, in the heart of the mountains.

Hand-crafted, artful buildings and special touches throughout echo Glenorchy’s unique natural and cultural past. Come settle in where state-of-the-art sustainability, comfort and fun are designed to delight!

Welcoming families of all ages, amenities include NZ’s most scenic views, large shared kitchen and dining room, ensuite bathrooms and showers, artist-built campfire shelter and outdoor BBQ cooking facilities, guided tours of Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat's world-class sustainability features, and free local activities booking services. And Mrs Woolly’s General Store, right next door, offers fresh-made healthy takeaway breakfast, snack and picnic foods, meals you can cook at the Camp kitchen, supplies, gifts and anything and everything you might need or want while you’re nestled away at the gateway to Paradise.

With so many ways to enjoy Glenorchy right at your doorstep—from dozens of trails, to renting bikes, horse riding, jet-boating, and visiting and petting farm animals (and more!)—you may find you never want to leave this magical place!


The Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat Project

You'll be inspired by this accommodation that is a modern-day inspiration with some of the best and most innovative sustainable building, energy and composting ideas from around the planet.
It will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how careful design, healthy materials and practices allow Camp Glenorchy to generate as much power as it puts back into the grid each year. As well, our goal is to use 50% less water than similar facilities, conserving resources wherever possible. Our hope is to educate and delight our guests,  inspiring visitors to make sustainable choices in their own homes and communities.   Read more on this incredible project here >>

Your Stay

Whether you're camping or experiencing our beautiful bunkrooms or cabins, you'll be delighted with your stay at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat, where the kids can roam and play, not to mention learning about a sustainable life-style and meeting other families in our delightful meeting spaces, games rooms or hot tubs.

On Site

~ Artist-designed communal campfire shelter and outdoor BBQ
~ Dining room and library
~ Community classroom that doubles as a public theatre
~ Community kitchen
~ Showers and toilets for campground guests
~ Lockers and bike storage
~ Solar garden
~ Private outdoor hot tubs and massage cabin
~ Lush, native landscaping
~ Organic garden and regular farmer's market
– Activity and outdoor information centre
~ Mrs Woolly's General Store –  artful gifts, tasty fresh foods and beautiful, practical items for home, holiday and lifestyle
View our range of accommodation to suit your family >>





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Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.