After months of back and forth through COVID-19 lockdown levels, us Kiwis definitely deserve a holiday.
There’s nothing like being locked down in your own house for weeks on end to make you appreciate the true beauty of the world around you. But as countries around the globe keep their borders closed and ‘travel bubbles’ seem like a far-away dream, thousands of us are looking to our own backyard for adventure, relaxation and unspoilt natural beauty in our own country.
But what NZ destination offers all of those things while remaining eco-conscious and promoting sustainability?
Glenorchy of course.
Sitting in the gateway of the stunning Mount Aspiring National Park, Glenorchy is an absolute dream. Oozing romance, nature and tranquility, it offers plunging valleys, snow-covered peaks and the homely peacefulness of Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat.
An ultimate picture-perfect setting to destress and give back to yourself and the environment, Camp Glenorchy is fit for any eco-conscious traveller looking for a mix of both back-to-nature and treat-yourself luxury. And with activities from mountain biking or clifftop hiking to hunting Hobbits in the beautiful scenery of Middle Earth – we have something for everyone.
Waking up at Camp Glenorchy means adventure starts right outside the door. Being outside amongst such stunning vistas is adventure enough, but you can choose to take it to the next level with fun-filled activities such as horse-riding, kayaking or even heli-biking along the vistas. An abundance of walks around the area from short wanders by the lake to thigh-burning up-hill tramps all offer glorious views away from the crowds.
Craving something even crazier? Take a 40 minute drive to neighbouring Queenstown where the big adrenaline-boosters are waiting for you. You can ski, bungy-jump and mountain-bike all in the same day if you want to get your blood pumping!
Are your holidays more about chilling out than venturing out? Here at Camp Glenorchy we champion looking after spiritual and mental health and rebooting your wellbeing. Home to wellness retreats throughout the year, Camp GY also offers a number of other ways to relax your body and mind. From yoga classes in our gorgeous homestead building to the ultimate relaxation of an in-house massage, you can nurture your body daily in the hands of our talented staff. Take time for yourself and breathe in that fresh, untouched mountain air. Ahhhh.
Our surrounding natural environment here in Glenorchy is so stunning that we are committed to looking after it the best we can.
Camp Glenorchy uses simple state-of-the-art technology to help reduce our water and energy use, including a massive focus on solar energy which produces more energy than is consumed each year. We have processes in place to ensure we produce zero waste, avoid single-use items and encourage the use of recycling bins. Our bedrooms even have their own iPad to show your energy and water usage during your stay so you can see what an eco-friendly, power-saving superstar you are!
Recently we have been acknowledged with the world first ILFI Certification of Sustainability for visitor accommodations. Sustainability is so important to us at Camp GY that by visiting us you know you will leave the magnificent environment just as you found it – breathtaking and untouched.
Supporting the Local Economy
After the economic hit we have taken during COVID-19, New Zealanders are being urged to give back and support local tourism and businesses this year.
Camp Glenorchy is the perfect place to give back to yourself, to nature, and to the local economy. We employ local people, champion neighbouring businesses, and all our profits go straight into benefiting the community through the resident-led Glenorchy Community Trust. The trust aims to increase the vibrancy and resilience of the community of Glenorchy.
Creating a sustainable tourism industry has never been so important, so now is the time to spend those extra dollars on amazing adventures and experiences while giving back to your fellow Kiwis. Even just by starting with your dinner plans – with numerous options for dinner at Camp GY to exploring the many local places to eat out, your tastebuds will be spoilt for choice at the end of each day. Feel good travel from all angles.
Come and Join Us
Camp Glenorchy is located in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand, and we are proud of our commitment to the environment and to your wellness. Who needs to go abroad to find true beauty? Not us!
We stayed in the beautiful top end backpackers accommodation. Pricey for this sector, but well worth supporting such a brilliant initiative for a sustainable operation. This whole place has been superbly well thought out and feels luxurious. The staff were engaging and helpful. We set off after...
Samantha A, South Island