New Zealand’s First Net-Zero Accommodation


New Zealand In Depth are proud to announce the launch of New Zealand’s first Net Zero Energy accommodation with the arrival of the ‘earth-friendly’ luxury Camp Glenorchy.The range of accommodation options include 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 and comfortable at any temperature, a desk and computer tablet with interactive cabin controls, an outdoor veranda, original framed photographs by a local photographer, an en-suite bathroom complete with high tech composting toilet and walk-in rain shower – all set the scene for a very comfortable stay.

Cabins with views of the Humboldt Mountains
Cabins with views of the Humboldt Mountains

Paul Carberry, founder of New Zealand In Depth said; “Guests staying will also have access to the Homestead’s 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 beyond. Whether you want to take time for yourself or meet some of the other likeminded holidaymakers – there are plenty of options.”  If you don’t want to self-cater there are plenty of options in the village for dining.

When evening arrives, stone mosaic walkways representing the River Dart, created by local landscape artist Jeffrey Bale, lead to a huge scheelite stone shelter designed by local artist, Dan Kelly, which is perfect for gathering around the campfire. Complete with BBQs and skylights – evenings will disappear amidst good company, the glow of the fire and a cold New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Not only is Camp Glenorchy New Zealand’s first Net Zero Energy accommodation, it is set to be the most sustainable camp in the southern hemisphere, if not the world.

“The camp has been built using thoughtful design, healthy materials and sustainable practices which have all conserved resources,” adds New Zealand In Depth’s Paul Carberry adds. “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.” Add to this the wider programmes in place to use 50% less energy and 50% less water than similar facilities – Camp Glenorchy is pioneering and showcasing ways to reduce consumption across the business.

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.

Located 40 picturesque minutes’ drive north of Queenstown along the shores of sparkling Lake Wakatipu, Camp Glenorchy delivers the perfect home base for exploring the many walking tracks, cycling, horse trekking and activities on the water.

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. Now fully up and running, the camp continues to support 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.

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

For more information and expert advice on travel to New Zealand, visit, call +44 (0)1298 74040 or email [email protected]. Photos credit: Camp Glenorchy.


Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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