The old Glenorchy Camp Ground and General Store have been replaced with a full range of accommodations, products, and services for camping, holiday and everyday needs, serving both visitors and locals year-round.
The goal for the new buildings is to ‘educate, inspire and delight.’ The landscape team has restored native plantings to allow for additional green space and organic gardens create a beautiful natural experience.
The site has been rebuilt using green design philosophies and sustainable operating practice, with Camp Glenorchy using 50% less energy and water than traditional buildings.
The Headwaters project splits into two phases, spanning the next three-to-five years. Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat opened in March 2018, and we are currently in the design and feasibility process for Phase Two.
The two phases of development are:
In addition to the existing re-energised Mrs Woolly's General Store, Phase One included building New Zealand's first Net Zero energy range of guest accommodation, Camp Glenorchy. It features four sustainably designed shared bunk cabins (sleeping up to 16 people), eight powered RV sites and seven 3-bedroom eco cabins. The beautifully appointed central gathering space at Camp Glenorchy houses a community kitchen, dining room, amenities and a covered shelter with huge campfire and guest BBQs. The organic garden and native nursery are well established, allowing for native seedlings and plants to be grown on site.
Phase Two will complete the standalone overnight accommodations, which will replace the 20 original cabins with 8-10 one to three bedroom cottages, providing room configuration flexibility we’ve heard requested by visitors to Glenorchy. It will also add a two-bedroom stone cottage as a destination gathering place with space for up to 25 guests to gather for special events there. A rebuilt Mrs Woolly's General Store will join a multipurpose community classroom which will double as a movie theatre, as well as a spa with two outdoor bathing tubs. The Headwaters Welcome Centre will offer local tourism businesses convenient shared space out of which to operate and a walk-up coffee bar will provide coffee and freshly-baked goods to our guests. It will take additional time to plan, design and build these buildings because of the multiple functions they will serve.
Mrs Woolly's General Store is open to serve the needs of visitors and locals while we continue to learn more about what products and services are needed by our customers. Our Head of the Lake Activities and Booking Centre will provide tourists with ideas and booking services for the wide range of things to do in the greater Glenorchy area.
All profits from the operations of The Headwaters, including Mrs Woolly's General Store and Camp Glenorchy, will flow to the Glenorchy Community Trust, to be invested in enhancing the vibrancy and resiliency of the Glenorchy community itself.