Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat

Want to immerse yourself in majestic New Zealand landscapes? Want to escape to the end of the world where nature hasn’t changed and where time seems to stand still? If you want to experience all of this, then head to Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat at the Headwaters of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island.

Location: Glenorchy | Otago | South Island | New Zealand
Accommodation Type: Eco-friendly and Organic


Best for: Magical Place, Yoga Room, Solar Power, Shared Communal Areas, Near The Routeburn Track, Camping, Eco-Accommodation, Backpackers

Located in fairytale Glenorchy Village, 45kms from Queenstown, this eco-friendly and organic accommodation is the ideal holiday destination at the foot of the majestic Humboldt and Richardson mountain ranges. This is an adventurer’s playground with hiking, biking, skydiving, heli-hiking, horseriding, and canyoning all within easy reach. With spa treatments, massage and yoga classes the camp is also a place to relax and contemplate the peaceful, natural setting.


Named by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 accommodations globally, Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat is one of New Zealand’s most innovative and beautiful places synonymous with sustainability and eco-luxury.

With solar power, water, energy management, and composting toilets, Camp Glenorchy is proud to have a zero carbon footprint. This special place is fantastic for holidays and special events where you can choose from camping, stylish cabins, or backpacker bunkbeds.

Your Accommodation: 

The construction of Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat stands out for respecting health and environmental standards. The camp is built from local stone and recycled wood saved from abandoned buildings. Put your hands on the wood and admire its beauty; you’ll see an extraordinary blend of rusticity and sophistication.  

When it comes to accommodation, there’s something for all budgets and styles. You can sleep in a campground, campervans, comfortable bungalows for two people or an entire family, or in dormitories with four bunk beds. The accommodation is suitable for couples, families, solo travelers and groups. The camp also has several packages that include special occasion celebrations and nearby tours.

Loved it! Really enjoyed the yoga classes. Stylish resort and affordable with the dorm rooms. Thought the eco features were awesome like the composting toilets and motion-activated electricity.

Comment by Miranda

A Friendly Place to Stay:

Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat has a huge common area. After a long trek, it’s the perfect place to relax and make new friends. But if you want to sit alone and reconnect with nature, then head to one of the large spaces with big windows offering a panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks. The camp also has a large shared kitchen where you can cook up a storm!

You’ll find a digital tablet in your room that allows you to control your energy consumption. So you can lower the temperature or the lighting. With all of these features, Camp Glenorchy uses about 50% less energy and water. Additionally, within the camp, you’ll find a solar garden with photovoltaic panels. These panels generate all of the energy needed to run the camp. 

Things to Do:

New Zealand is a country known for hiking. One of the nine Great Walks, The Routeburn Track, starts in Glenorchy. The Great Walks are the nine most beautiful and also the most extended hikes in the country. The Routeburn Track is one of the shorter walks and takes 3 days and 2 nights. It’s considered an easy to intermediate grade walk so more accessible for everyone. Here’s the Department of Conservation link with more information about the track.

FYI: The fantastic universe around Glenorchy, with extensive forests surrounded by snow-capped mountains and rivers, have served as beautiful backdrops for several great films – movies like the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, X-Men Origins, Wolverine, and Chronicles of Narnia. 

Good To Know:  

  • Each morning enjoy the complimentary buffet breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Beds for pets available
  • Locker room available
  • Heater available
  • Wheelchair accessible accommodation available

Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat gives you the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries in a peaceful setting, while learning to live sustainably. Experience a new way of living and reconnect with mother nature! 

I hope you enjoyed this article about Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat. Feel free to comment below and share your experiences, impressions and thoughts about this awesome eco retreat. I look forward to reading them.

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