Camp Glenorchy is like living in a real life hug. Forever. It’s the epitome of cozy, the personification of warm and fuzzy, the living legend of doing things right. And it’s a mere 45 minute drive from Queenstown.
I spent the night there finding out about all it’s cracks and crevices, diving deep into the rich world of net zero accommodation and not wanting to go back to my other world. It’s here and it just keeps on giving.
Designed, built and operated under the Living Building Challenge, Camp Glenorchy finally opened it’s doors (and oh what doors) in March of 2018. Surrounded by the Humboldt and Richardson ranges it slides in neatly amongst Glenorchy’s sleepy town image whilst inside the heart of the machine there is a gigantic world of practices and systems working hard.
Every inch of the place has been thought about, every inch you’ll find some new little corner housing some treat for the eyes and imagination.
All of the profits from Camp Glenorchy, Mrs Woolly’s (amazing general store which you can read about here) and Mrs Woolly’s Camp Ground will go back directly into the community trust, allowing for the community to grow and flourish.
The camp allows for a luxurious, warm cozy stay alongside arming guests with the knowledge there is state-of-the-art technologies at work reducing water and electricity usage, non toxic materials, and generating minimum waste. It has been designed to achieve a ‘net-zero‘ energy building certification which means that throughout the course of a year the camp will generate as much power on site as they use (go see their solar field!).
Want to take your team for a complete get-to-know-you weekend? Then group/ meeting facilities are are your fingertips. Break-out spaces and an outdoor camp fire area is perfect for finding out who likes boggle and who likes Monopoly.
This is not just about saying “we’re going to do some stuff”, this whole project was centred around “what can we do here?” And then actually informing people of the facts. In your room there’s an iPad which allows you to set the room temperature, 7 minute showers are just what you need, lights turn off when you’re not in the room, things have been recycled, upcycled, re-used.
Every single little corner of the place has been thought out, planned, designed well. It feels sublime. It oozes out of the ceiling, the corners, the tiny little details. You have to go see it to believe it.
There’s space for electric cars (and yay I took mine and plugged right in), I then settled in for a night of peace and quiet (I slept in til 8.30am!). Wandering round in the morning there’s more to discover in the light of day. A gorgeous outdoor bbq area for people to settle by the fire. Grass to sit and read your book, the views to gaze at….oh the views.
Cabins include two bedroom units, one, two three configuration bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, two bed bunk rooms, camper van or motorhome sites…..so you can go out on your hike, bike, wander and then sit back in the knowledge there’s a gorgeous warm room waiting for your little tired little tootsies to settle.
If you can’t sit still there’s an abundance of things to get involved in from tours around the camp to horse riding, photography, hiking, jet boating, canyoning, cycling. Then come back and rustle up something hearty in the kitchen and lounge in the community space with books, warmth, (cool in Summer) a place where you feel like part of the furniture (when furniture is delicious and part of the family).
The amount of work that has gone into this place is astounding, so much love and creativity breathes through the walls. Everything from the large sofas with books to read in the community space to the size and placement of the windows, healthy materials used everywhere and every little piece has been handled with love and care. Community, learning, space, comfort, home.
Don’t just read this go visit and see for yourself.
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This post was sponsored by Camp Glenorchy but as always if I didn’t like them and didn’t think you would I wouldn’t write about them.