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The Headwaters Eco Lodge

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The Headwaters Eco Lodge is New Zealand’s only Positive Energy visitor accommodation that offers unique, memorable holiday packages and experiences to suit all tastes. At the end of a beautiful 40-minute drive up the scenic shores of Lake Wakatipu you’ll find The Headwaters Lodge nestled near the base of the towering Richardson and Humboldt mountains. Here natural beauty surrounds you, both in the unforgettable landscape and in the warmth of the people of Glenorchy. Whether you’re seeking time in the outdoors, memorable adventures, or some quiet time away, the lodge is designed to inspire our visitors and guests.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's television networks
Electric vehicle charging station
Car park
Yoga room
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Boating
Canoeing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Skiing
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Tennis court offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Full body massage
Massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Desk
Interconnected rooms available
Seating area
Separate dining area
Oven
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Air purifier
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Private bathrooms
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Mountain view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Romantic
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Chinese and 2 more
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CarolynCBG wrote a review Feb 2020
Cambridge, United Kingdom37 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous accommodation. Something a bit different but certainly the way forward with being eco friendly and environmentally aware.
The communal areas for cooking and eating were first class and spacious. The facilities and equipment were excellent. We arrived with no food but walked a 2 minute walk to the superb Mrs Woolly’s general store and bought some provisions so that we could cook ourselves some dinner.
Bedrooms were private and quiet with exceptional quality bedding and furnishings. Each room has its own outside deck with chairs to relax, ideal at the end of a long day.
There’s a communal granola/yoghurt, bread, tea/coffee breakfast for free, and if we had wanted we could have embarked on cooking something more complex.
There’s a real focus on energy and water sustainability. Room temperature can be remotely adjusted day and night. Shower timer settings can be adjusted - 5 minutes is actually a long time! And for the uninitiated the composting toilets are the cleanest ever and completely odour free and happily ensures everything finds its way to the environment.
Congratulations to the staff for their enthusiasm and friendliness!
Congratulations to the developers, this property is a bold step on the road to sustainability and must be applauded. Others will follow and will imitate, but it’s unlikely that they will be able to recreate the atmosphere and ethos of this unique location off the beaten track with all the best that NZ has to offer on the doorstep!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stacey L wrote a review Feb 2020
Canberra, Australia186 contributions67 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a cabin 2 adults and 2 kids, the cabins were clean and tastefully decorated. As this is an eco resort, water for showers is restricted and the toilets are drop toilets (no flush). The cabins don’t include tea or coffee making facilities as this is all covered at the communal kitchen. The communal areas are beautiful and the grounds are amazing. They offer complimentary continental breakfast which was good but not offered until 7:30. They also provide a voucher for the general store so you can get a real coffee, general store prices are very expensive and there is very limited food choices. The only blip would be the staff, I found them to be unenthusiastic and gave the vibe they didn’t really want to be there particularly at check in and check out. I would recommend this place as an experience but for regular resort and hotel goers remember this is completely different experience.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from KBFrost, Manager at The Headwaters Eco Lodge
Responded 11 Feb 2020
Kia Ora. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're delighted you enjoyed your time in our stunning location and you appreciated our facilities and sustainability features. A little concerned to read that the experience with the front desk team fell short of expectations on your visit and we also note the comment on the breakfast start times. Please rest assured that we've taken this up with the team and will make sure your feedback is reviewed and actioned. Its aways great to hear what we're doing well but conversely it's incredibly valuable to hear where we can be better. Safe travels & kind regards Keiran
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GaoDongDong wrote a review Feb 2020
Beijing, China24 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The environment is unparalleled, the service is meticulous and thoughtful, and it attaches great importance to integrity management and is full of sincerity to guests. The overall atmosphere was very friendly and our only regret was that we only chose to stay for one night. I recommend everyone to stay here for at least 2-3 nights. Glenorchy is really beautiful. On the recommendation of the staff, I went for a walk in the surrounding wetlands for an hour in the evening. The beauty and tranquility were really intoxicating. The breakfast ingredients prepared here are very fresh and really fresh! Surprisingly, I also won prizes at a nearby store shopping raffle. All this is the best! I will come again!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Stay more than one night!
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Response from Luana S, Manager at The Headwaters Eco Lodge
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Kia ora GaoDongDong, thank you for leaving us a review! Maybe next time you can come and stay a little longer? It's great to see you enjoyed the lagoon walk in Glenorchy, it is definitely one of our favourites. We can't wait to see you again. Safe travels!
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Jude T wrote a review Aug 2020
Nelson, New Zealand25 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat. The people who looked after us were welcoming and gave us a tour of the retreat when we arrived. Our pre-ordered BBQ hamper (in named wooden box) was an easy and nutritious way to cook (covered BBQ area) and eat at the picnic tables, outside under the solar PV shelter with a big open roaring fire. The lodge commercial kitchen had plenty of room for our travelling supplies (refrigerators and freezers were quality top of the line). We used the shared bathrooms and found the composting loos clean and fresh, showers with Forest & Bird supported body soaps and shampoos lovely and our bunk room (a bubble of 4) clean, tidy, well designed with thoughtful details like USB power chargers (for the phones) and individual lights on the bunks. I had a wonderful night sleep with the supportive pillow (from Vendella), comfortable quality bedding and complete black out window coverings. We relaxed with a nature movie that night on bean bags in the yoga room and enjoyed conversations with other travelling guests (always the best recommendations on where to go and what to do) in the lounge and dining areas. I can only say wow, to the carefully curated NZ art collection on the walls, the building materials, the exquisite books in the library and natural beautiful landscaping and surroundings. A big thank you to Gabriela who phoned to get us permission to go walking at Paradise in the morning. As kiwis from Nelson we loved it!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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LivinginEurope5 wrote a review Feb 2020
Stuttgart, Germany27 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our room was more like a small suite, with 2 rooms and a separate bathroom. The entrance was separated from the other cottages and felt very private. The Bathroom is divided into a shower area, a toilet area and a sink in the main hall which was convenient. Some of the Eco touches are an aerator toilet and times showers. The grounds are st up to be both beautiful and earth friendly and they do that well. The main lodge is very spacious and has a large, well appointed kitchen.

We did not interact much with the staff, and that may have been due to the busy season.

Breakfast is simple but all fresh.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Luana S, Manager at The Headwaters Eco Lodge
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Kia ora LivinginEurope5, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our facilities and your stay with us. We hope to see you back someday!
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Nikkijblair wrote a review Jul 2020
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic place to stay for all. Very cleverly designed, comfortable and rustic accommodation. Off the grid with very warm rooms, timed showers and compost toilets, Fantastic communal areas; large kitchen, dining and lounge areas, plus outdoor fire place to gather over a drink or toast marshmallows. Beautiful views out all windows. Food was excellent, from the continental buffet breakfast to the dinner reheat/bbq options. Our kids had a ball playing with other kids in the big hall and with the board games provided. Friendly hosts keen to share all their design features...
Highly recommend and hope we can go again soon!
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Luana Schramme, Marketing at The Headwaters Eco Lodge
Responded 28 Jul 2020
Kia ora Nikki, thank you for leaving us a review. Toasting marshmallows by the fireplace is a must-do while at Camp Glenorchy, we're glad to hear you experienced that too. Thank you for recommending us and we also hope you and your family can come back again soon.
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Lisa P wrote a review Oct 2020
Pirinoa, New Zealand69 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We’ve recently finished a stay at Camp Glenorchy while we were in the Queenstown area. We stayed for one night at the eco retreat and ordered a bbq pack and cheese platter.
The food was top notch, delicious and the kitchen facilities were fantastic, everything we needed was available.
The staff were attentive without being intrusive, and more than happy to help customise our stay.
Our children enjoyed the movie theatre while we were able to have a wine and platter in the lounge areas.
The bedrooms and cabin itself were so tastefully done, very comfortable and we enjoyed seeing NZ wool products in the rooms.
We also visited Mrs Woollies General Store to collect some take home gifts and some snacks for the road, well priced and just what we needed.
Our only regret was staying one night, we are already planning our next trip.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ciaran P wrote a review Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions3 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arrival I found the staff to be very welcoming and accommodating.there was an English girl and in Nepalese girl who particularly we're excellent.the girl from the polls showed me around the campsite and showed me how to use everything and showed me a little bit of the history of the place. The facilities were accident. They have a laundry area where for $5 which includes laundry detergent you can wash your clothes. They have a drying room if the weather is bad but they also have extendable air hangers out the back of the building. this was a really great place I highly recommend it. Yes it is quite a bit more expensive than a regular powered sites campground. But this really isn't like any other type of campground. Treat yo self 😉
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Anwil51 wrote a review Jan 2022
Queenstown, New Zealand552 contributions306 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The accommodation is not 5 star luxury but it is excellent. Comfortable cabins with all the basic amenities but fully ecologically designed to reduce waste, use little energy and recycle everything! The rooms have energy saving air-flow systems to maintain a good ambient temperature while bringing in fresh air, the toilet is a composting toilet - no flush, and the shower is a spray mist with a timer to reduce water use. It all works incredibly well. Power is generated on site with a solar panel array and much of the food grown in the gardens. The food was amazing and it is a great location in Glenorchy town allowing you to take walks to the lake, lagoon trail or a multitude of other walks. We also found out it is pet friendly so bring the pooch.
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Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Mike Neill wrote a review Feb 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel is an interesting, well-appointed and eco-friendly place to stay, especially if you are after something different. The shared cooking facilities are a good idea and the complementary breakfast is simple but high quality. The decor is impressive in its use of recycled materials. The eco-friendly credentials seem genuine as great efforts have been made to make it so. Recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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oceandweller17 asked a question Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore6 contributions3 helpful votes
Is airport shuttle provided?
Answer from TheHeadwatersTeam
Hi there, and thanks for your enquiry. Glenorchy Journeys offer airport transfers from Queenstown Airport, running this service several times a day, for approx.$45 each if there are three or more people travelling, and $125 for a single passenger. Our team would be very happy to arrange this for you, just let us know when you make your booking and we can organise all the details :-)
lsrb521 wrote a tip Jan 2024
Goffstown, New Hampshire13 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This is a small place in Glenorchy, so reserve early."
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Kara K wrote a tip Dec 2023
5 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book dinner at the hotel! No other good options in the area."
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Rebecca H wrote a tip Mar 2023
15 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Recommend the drop in yoga classes"
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22tangotwo wrote a tip Feb 2023
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom357 contributions157 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Reception closes early and there is no one about to help if you need it. The paradise road is not suitable for camper vans & it’s a 6 miles"
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Q6171ZEsarahb wrote a tip Oct 2022
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The cabins are similar and gorgeous. Our kids slept in bunks that were generously sized (king single). Great linen, excellent pillows."
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PRICE RANGE
$786 - $969 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionGlenorchy
NUMBER OF ROOMS
40
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Headwaters Eco Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Glenorchy Animal Experience (2.1 km), Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk (0.7 km), and Mrs Woolly's General Store (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Akin, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat Restaurant, and Glenorchy Hotel Ltd Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does The Headwaters Eco Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, The Headwaters Eco Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Headwaters Eco Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Glenorchy.
Are pets allowed at The Headwaters Eco Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Headwaters Eco Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
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