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Nutrition, mindfulness practices and playful creativity to bring your best self forward. Press ‘pause’ and refresh with this five-day regenerative experience in our charming, cosy lodge, located in one of the most spectacular locations in New Zealand. Open the door to increased vitality and give yourself tools that can build lasting personal health.

Each day offers a variety of opportunities; guided walks in nature, brain and gut nutritional instruction, time to discover your personal creativity, and with the guidance of an experienced teacher decrease stress and increase personal energy.  Unwind in your private Camp Glenorchy chalet, enjoy wholesome healthy meals that also taste delicious, relax with a massage, and inspire your imagination and creativity. A combination of activities which will strengthen your wellbeing.  

A gentle stretching and mindfulness practice starts each day, followed by a delicious breakfast before your personal guide escorts you to one of our favourite trails, where you can stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh mountain air.  If you prefer, and you are not up for a hike, you can always just sit quietly and listen to a crystal-clear stream while reading or writing in your journal.  Each afternoon, our residence artists will lead you through a fun creative project that allows you to explore your own artistic sense of possibility.

Scientists are now showing us that creative practices build connections in the brain to strengthen our cognitive reserves, which prevent memory loss, boost our mental state and make us more productive.  Creative pursuits also aid relaxation because they lower our cortisol levels and increase our dopamine, which in turn decreases anxiety and depression, giving us a greater sense of wellness, much like the practice of meditation.

If creativity is something that doesn’t come easily to you, it can be taught, and actually grows with practice.

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Trip Highlights: 
  • Indulge in the luxury of rejuvenating experiences for your mind and body
  • Enhance your health with nutritional teachings from our expert coach
  • Walk daily on beautiful nature trails with your private guide
  • Engage your senses with culinary delights
  • Have fun with playful creative pursuits and take an art piece home
  • Relax with a customised massage treatment by one of our expert therapists
  • Enjoy optional daily gentle stretch yoga classes
  • Relax in the comfort of the lodge and enjoy the evening skies by the outdoor fire

Looking at different dates or can't find trip dates to suit? Please contact us to arrange a bespoke booking of 5 to 25 people—we’ll be happy to craft something special just for you.

Your all-inclusive trip features:

Transport
Local Guides
Premium Eco Lodging
Massage
Tree Planting
Hiking
All Meals Included

ITINERARY overview

The Body, Mind and Soul programme offers you the gift of time in nature to restore your energy reserves while nourishing your inner source of happiness. You’ll come away with new tools that help you create a bigger, better, more balanced and resilient life.
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Start your day with a gentle morning stretch yoga class, with breathing and mindfulness exercises.

Have a nutritious breakfast to sustain you through our day's activities.

Walk alongside your expert guide, and deepen the connection to yourself on mountain trails and walks by beautiful local streams.

Enjoy a delicious wholesome lunch.

Personal time out, to take care of yourself with solitude, reading, journaling or connecting with others.

Relaxing 90-minute massage: a treatment that provides personal relaxation and release of all that tension you have been holding.

Engage in fun creative activities that strengthen your wellbeing, and allow you to let your intuition lead you into new personal expression, while opening the door to greater possibility in your life.

At dinner time, experience the joy of food that is healthy and also tastes delicious, as its prepared using fresh herbs and produce harvested from our own Kitchen Garden, by internationally recognised Chef Pete Gawron, former chef of Saffron Restaurant in Arrowtown.          

Connect with others at the fireside shelter or during informal casual evening conversation, or enjoy a relaxing educational evening presentation.

At the end of your day, wind down in our beautiful, sustainably built Eco Chalets.

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Typical day's Itinerary

Why is creativity a good medicine?

Scientists are now showing us that creative practices build connections in the brain to strengthen our cognitive reserves which subsequently prevents memory loss and makes us more productive.  Researchers are showing that creative pursuits boost our mental state and aid in relaxation because they lower our cortisol levels and increase our dopamine, which in turn decreases anxiety and depression.  

Creative practices even slow our heart rate and can help us focus our mind and control our thoughts, much like the practice of meditation.

 

If creativity is something that doesn’t come easily to you, it can be taught, and actually grows with practice.  As you will see: creative practice makes our lives better.

"Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you".

- Katie Reed

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Why is creativity a good medicine?

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We’re not in the business of creating worry or anxiety. In fact, quite the opposite. When booking our getaways you can be assured that:

  • Lifetime deposits are fully transferable across dates and getaways, and will never expire!
  • Bookings are transferable across travellers. Can’t make it? Find a friend to take your spot.
  • Need to make a change? We're always just an email or phone call away. Rest assured we're here to serve.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rooms like?

Your Adventures in Paradise experience will be based at The Headwaters Eco Lodge. You'll be staying in one of our beautifully-appointed Chalets which each include a private ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower, a king-size or split-king single beds, your own covered verandah and lounge chairs to take in the breathtaking views, warm welcoming rustic décor and original artwork by local and NZ artists.

What are your sustainability credentials?

We like to think of Adventures in Paradise, and more broadly The Headwaters, as a regenerative operation; meaning our mission is to actively make things better than they currently are.

The Headwaters Eco Lodge at Camp Glenorchy, where you'll rest your head in blissful sleep each night, is a net positive accommodation provider, meaning we generate more energy than we use onsite each year. We also use 50% less water than similar facilities and are certified by the International Living Future Institute as meeting the imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, the most stringent environmental guidelines in the world!

We are committed to extending our regeneration principles to our Adventures in Paradise experiences, so you'll enjoy knowing that all your delicious food is healthy, locally sourced and free of additives. Your meals in the field are tasty and free of unnecessary packaging. And on the last day of each of our experiences there's also a unique opportunity to take active part in contributing to a community regeneration project.

Are there private bathrooms?

Yes! All our Eco-Chalets feature a private ensuite bathroom with walk-in rain shower, covered verandah and lounge chairs to take in the breathtaking views of Glenorchy and the surrounding mountains.

What services are available?

The Headwaters Eco Lodge's Chalets redefine 'luxury meets sustainability'! Here you'll relish relaxing into a range of modern comforts including heated floors, triple glazed windows, keycard entry, sound proof walls (they are amazing!), temperature-controlled fresh air exchange and fine natural-fiber linens and towels. Spa, laundry and state of the art drying room facilities are also available onsite. Free high-speed internet access is included, and while we'll be spending time during the day in remote areas that may have spotty or little coverage, mobile coverage at the Lodge and in the township is very good.

How do I make a booking?

Easy! Book online here or just get in touch and we will arrange your booking.

Can I change my booking?

Yes, once you've paid your deposit you can change your departure date or transfer to to any of our other getaways - provided you make this change before full payment is due (no later than 30 days before the departure date).

What's the cancellation policy?

To help preserve our ability to generate a profit, all of which goes to the Glenorchy Community Trust, our cancellation policy is as follows:

To confirm your booking, we'll charge a non-refundable deposit of NZD$200 per person. This deposit is fully transferable across all getaways and dates and does not expire. 

The final balance for a getaway is due 30 days before the departure date. Cancellations more than 30 days before departure date will receive a full refund, less the Lifetime Deposit of $200.

- Cancellations made within 30 to 14 days of the trip’s departure date will incur a cancellation fee of 10% of the booking total.

- Cancellations made within 14 to 2 days of the trip’s departure date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the booking total.

- Cancellations made within 48 hours of the trip’s departure date will receive no refund.

See our full booking terms and conditions here.

Do you cater to a range of dietaries?

Yes! Anything goes - please let us know when you get in touch and we'll make sure your Adventures in Paradise chefs and guides can plan to meet any special needs.

Do you offer private or bespoke trips?

Absolutely! Our Getaways are a great option for a family or group of friends - if you'd like to go private, chat to us about our options.

What if I want a meal out or free time from the itinerary?

We’ve designed our Getaways with a sense of connection and community in mind, so we’ve included all meals with your like-minded fellow travellers. Because of our values and selection of activities, we tend to attract similar guests with aligned interests so you'll be in excellent company. We also pride ourselves on including absolutely everything during your trip to allow for the best value experience. Because Glenorchy is such a small village, there are limited dining options which is why we’re happy to provide our guests with delicious meals daily. In saying that, this is your trip of a lifetime so if you prefer to eat out one night, you’re certainly welcome to do so.

How do we get to Glenorchy?

If you're joining us on an Adventure in Paradise, your transportation will be convenient and hassle-free. We'll pick you up from Queenstown Airport or central Queenstown, and chauffeur you along one of the world's most beautiful drives to your destination as you take in the breathtaking views of your 45-minute journey alongside Lake Wakatipu.

What are the guides like?

Our guides are beautiful spirits! As you explore together, your guides will share their passion and knowlege about the area, the local flora and fauna, the fascinating history of Glenorchy and the head of the lake, and informative commentary throughout. They're humble, patient and worldly - they know how to tell a good story and they know this place like the back of their hand.

What else is there to do in the area?

You'll soon discover that the people of Glenorchy have created a wonderful lifestyle for themselves here at the head of the lake. We have plenty of additional hiking options to share with you, as well as a raft of other outdoor activities. Consider booking a few extra days to soak in the healthy mountain lifestyle. If you're keen to relax and make this a personal wellness retreat, that's available, and if you want to engage your creative side there are art and photography workshops. Head on over to our Headwaters Eco Lodge experiences page to learn more!

What's the cancellation policy?

To help preserve our ability to generate a profit, all of which goes to the Glenorchy Community Trust, our cancellation policy is as follows:

To confirm your booking, we'll charge a non-refundable deposit of NZD$200 per person. This deposit is fully transferable across all getaways and dates and does not expire. 

The final balance for a getaway is due 30 days before the departure date. Cancellations more than 30 days before departure date will receive a full refund, less the Lifetime Deposit of $200.

- Cancellations made within 30 to 14 days of the trip’s departure date will incur a cancellation fee of 10% of the booking total.

- Cancellations made within 14 to 2 days of the trip’s departure date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the booking total.

- Cancellations made within 48 hours of the trip’s departure date will receive no refund.

See our full booking terms and conditions here.

What clothing will I need to bring?

Glenorchy is located at the head of the lake and the heart of the mountains. It's a beautiful and ever-changing alpine environment and as such, the weather can change quickly. We'll provide you with a comprehensive gear list well in advance of your Getaway. The main things to keep in mind are to layer breathable, quick-dry active wear for our daily activities, and to bring casual, comfortable clothing for relaxing at the lodge in the evening. A good sun hat, and a pair of well worn-in, lightweight hiking boots will also be essential.

Are children welcome on these Getaways?

Please chat to us if you'd like to organise a getaway with children under the age of 12.

When is the best time to visit Glenorchy?

We offer our experiences all year round, so there’s really no bad time to visit Glenorchy! Generally, the most popular times to visit are the summer and shoulder seasons; however, we love the winter here too: everything's a bit quieter and bright, cool, clear days are common, which makes for stunning photos.

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