With international trips seeming to be a near-impossibility for a while to come, it’s time we all took notice of the curiosity, beauty, and wonder that can be found when traveling domestically. And wow, there are some amazing experiences just waiting to be discovered right here in Aotearoa.
So, are you looking for a vacation within our borders that still feels out of this world? A destination that is rooted in quality, sustainability, and drop-dead-gorgeous surroundings? Say hello to Camp Glenorchy.
Location, Location, Location
Oh, Glenorchy. Even the journey here stands out as being one of the most spectacular drives you’ll experience. Weaving along cliff edges on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with ruggedly striking mountains on either side, simply arriving in Glenorchy is a true slice of New Zealand paradise.
Adrenaline fuelled outdoor adventures within remote South Island landscapes perfectly pair with the cosmopolitan energy of nearby Queenstown and Wānaka. Happily snuggled in the middle of Glenorchy settlement, Camp Glenorchy is the ideal placement for an easy-to-reach holiday that also feels beautifully isolated in nature. The pure majesty of our surroundings is one reason TIME magazine named us in its 2019 list of the world’s greatest places. Right here on your doorstep.
The Best Things in Life are Free
We know holidays can be expensive, but luckily in the world’s most beautiful country most of the highlights won’t cost a cent. Hikes, cycling tracks, crystal-clear swimmable lakes, movie filming locations (we’re looking at you Lord of the Rings fans!) – Glenorchy has it all.
Glenorchy is all about slowing down and taking it all in, so alongside multi-day hikes such as the world-famous Routeburn track, there are also shorter, yet no-less-magnificent, ways to stretch your legs. The quietly spectacular stroll along Glenorchy’s wetland boardwalk took the top spot in Stuffs list of best things to do this summer, which called the surrounding sights “the kind of sigh-inducing beauty that makes you proud to be a New Zealander.” Come and see it with your own eyes – you won’t be disappointed.
Eco-friendly Camp Glenorchy lives and breathes nature, perfectly nestled between soaring peaks and shimmering lakes. No photograph can replace the beauty of seeing these spectacular views with your own eyes.
Camp GYs proximity to scenic beauty is simply world-class. The awe-inspiring Titea/Mount Aspiring National Park and neighboring Fiordland National Park offer up compelling wilderness right on our doorstep. Camp GY sits at the gateway to several world-famous multi-day hikes including the 3-4 day long Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, which is only a 20 minute drive away. Don’t have the time to spare for the whole track? Get a taste of hiking heaven by completing the initial section and returning on the same day with our shuttle services or priceless guided tours.
For a more laid-back option check out the never-ending rewarding views from Whakaari Conservation Area or discover the remains of scheelite mines at Mt Judah. Did we mention those incredible views? They are everywhere. We challenge you not to have a ‘catch your breath’ moment of pure speechlessness.
Well and Good
Summer is the perfect time to reboot our internal systems and refocus on our wellbeing. And one way to do this is by literally taking a (scientifically proved) stress-busting deep breath and checking into one of Camp GYs wellness retreats.
Championed in NZ Herald’s list of world-class wellbeing retreats to visit in 2021, the Nurture Me Women's Wellness Retreat is, as the Herald says, “the perfect escape.” Hosting a choice of a four-day (11 - 14 Mar) or weekend-long (08 - 09 May) wellness immersion, physiotherapist and self-proclaimed ‘breathing-geek’, Emma Ferris, and deeply practiced movement facilitator, Sarsha Hope lead the retreat. You’re in safe hands, so lie back, relax and have some quality ‘you’ time.
Not everyone’s idea of unwinding and finding inner-joy involves a yoga mat. Make the most of being able to leave the house and explore (unlike many other nations around the world) and get your heart racing. If you’re looking for the thrill of adventure then boy do we have some awesome experiences waiting for you here in Glenorchy. Canyoning? Rafting? Skydiving? Horse riding? The world is your oyster and its breathtaking landscape undoubtedly adds to the experience.
Sure, post-pandemic travel is going to be different, but one of those differences seems to be the rise of socially responsible travelers looking towards sustainable and eco-friendly travel options.
As New Zealand’s first energy net-zero hotel and campground, Camp Glenorchy prides itself as being at the forefront of the eco-trend. Famous for its commitment to sustainability, not only have the NZ Herald proclaimed that staying at Camp GY will give you a clear summer conscience, but Stuff named us as their top eco-experience to try out in 2021. “The hotel and campground has an extraordinary commitment to eco-tourism,” says their travel team. “The property is powered by solar panels, and all bathrooms feature state-of-the-art modern no-smell composting toilets, complete with an unusual, but soothing, breeze for the nether regions.” You gotta experience it to believe it!
Supporting our Whānau
Our local community is vibrant and welcoming and showcases some true southern-kiwi hospitality to our visitors. Supporting small businesses and helping our own communities has become even more important since the economic turmoil of the coronavirus lockdowns.
Camp Glenorchy takes great pride in giving back to our fellow Kiwis by injecting all of our profits back into the community. Employing local people, championing the environment around us, and creating a sustainable local tourism industry is key to nurturing the beating heart of small-town New Zealand. By staying with us at Camp Glenorchy you are safe in the knowledge that doing your bit to give back to the people and planet around you too. Feel that warmth in your heart yet?
The magic of Glenorchy touches the hearts of everyone who visits, from near or far. Founder of travel company G Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip, believes that when the world does begin to travel again, we will do things better than before – “This pause gives us the gift of time to consider how we can travel more consciously.” And where better to start than on our own soil?
Best eco accommodation This place is awesome. I would give it 10 stars if I could. It is inspiring in terms of sustainability. My family (husband and two daughters - 12 and 16) are still complaining that we didn’t stay longer. Well done architects and designers. We will be back and will...
Kim S, New Zealand