There are a wide range of activities available at the EcoLodge site which are suitable for a range of different groups. Constructed on a 20-hectare area of regenerating native forest that is protected by a QE II National Trust Open Space Covenent , the EcoLodge is a working example of alternative building and waste technologies. "A unique experience in New Zealand and Australasia".

The EcoLodge functions as a residential centre, providing accommodation for education and recreation while encouraging practical resource awareness and conservation through everyday living. Features such as the solar-electric power, the grey water wetlands and the use of locally milled timber — all demonstrate the future of conservation education right here in South Canterbury.

EcoLodge facilities

Sleeps 23 total, 1 queen room, 1 twin room, 1 four bed bunkroom, 1 six bed bunk room, 1 eight bed bunk room and one moveable single bed.

  • Solar electric power
  • Solar water heating
  • Large macrocarpa deck
  • Rayburn coal range for cooking and water heating
  • Wood burner for heating
  • Gas for cooking - both inside and with the BBQ outside
  • Gas fridge / freezer
  • Heat transfer system to all bedrooms
  • Lodge interior lined with locally milled sycamore, larch, marcocarpa and pine
  • Grey water wetland
  • An outside pizza oven
  • 2 x showers
  • 2 x toilets

The vision

  • Development of a residential facility for 23 people using ecologically appropriate technologies.
  • Outdoor and environmental education through everyday living built into our education, recreation and youth training programmes.
  • Active monitoring of water use, electricity use and waste production by facility users.
  • Active encouragement for efficient use of resources.
  • Opportunities for facility users to experiment with use of 'green' technologies and with living within resource limits.  

We have achieved

  • a working example of alternative building and technologies.
  • a relevant, practical environmental education that connects environmental issues to everyday living.
  • a centre for adult, school, community and corporate programmes in environmental learning and recreation.
  • a working showplace for environmentally benign technologies for generating electrical power, heating and re-using water, converting waste into useable products.
  • all work planned and completed in a site under our QEII covenant, which places strict guidelines on any development permitted.
  • building our own reedbed as part of the grey water waste disposal system.

PLEASE NOTE: While it requires a five minute easy walk through forest to get to the Peel Forest EcoLodge, there is vehicle access available by prior arrangement and in the event of emergency.


To check availability of the Ecolodge and make a booking, click here. 



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