New Zealand’s First Net-Zero-Energy Accommodation Launches

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018 in Press Releases

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Date: 12/06/18

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.

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 5-night 6-day New Zealand In Depth itinerary ( costs from £750 per person, not including flights. This includes a 5-night stay in one of the deluxe double cabins and car hire; not including flights.

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About New Zealand In Depth

The New Zealand In Depth team has created tailor-made holiday experiences to New Zealand for decades and are committed to understanding their client’s needs, sharing their expert knowledge and experience of the country and planning trips that leave lasting memories.

New Zealand In Depth has built great relationships with local activities, accommodation and suppliers to offer their clients the chance to experience the real side of New Zealand and get off the beaten track to experiences that are often not available through other operators.


About Paul Carberry – founder of New Zealand In Depth

“I think it was inevitable that I would work in travel and focus on New Zealand in particular. My dad worked in the airline industry for many years for the likes of BOAC, British Airways and then Air New Zealand before he set up his own long-haul travel business.

I had the excitement of growing up imagining travel to distant lands and, after completing a degree in geology and working in the family travel business for a couple of years, I left the UK and spent several months exploring New Zealand returning to set up my own New Zealand travel company in 2003.

Since then I have been fortunate to have been able to travel back to New Zealand many times, feeling that is more and more like home every time I go.”


About Sally Lilley – Travel specialist at New Zealand In Depth

“I met John (my partner) in 1999 and after 20 years in the Financial Services industry jumped at the chance to take 12 months off and travel around the world as a mature backpacker. On returning to the UK in 2001 I worked for a number of organisations in the charity and hospitality sector before deciding New Zealand was where we wanted to live.

John & I emigrated to New Zealand in 2003 and entered the world of hospitality and tourism. Over the next seven years we ran a number of remote Lodges on the South Island including Milford Sound, Lake Moeraki and Arthurs Pass and in 2010 we took over a small group guided tour company based in Christchurch.

We spent the next four years guiding small groups around New Zealand ensuring they had a trip of a lifetime. After 11 years in New Zealand we moved back to the UK for family reasons and now have the pleasure of sending visitors to New Zealand to enjoy all my favourite places – many of which you will not find in the guide books.”