Custodians of the pioneering history of the land
John and Toni Glover became owners of Kinloch Lodge in 2000 and with that, became custodians of an important part of pioneering history in New Zealand, undertaking an ever changing project.
The Heritage lodge was built c.1868 originally to house timber workers and early tourists in the Upper Wakatipu area.
Their mission for Kinloch is:-
“To develop, by sustainable step changes, the site and business at Kinloch towards a profitable, high-quality, customer focused venture that demonstrates policies which minimise environmental impact, to act as a good neighbour and actively comply with regulatory requirements.”
After 7 years, they purchased a property in Glenorchy; a small bed and breakfast and a small cafe to function as a booking office and shop selling locally produced items.
Pioneers with a vision for future generations
The birth of EcoScapes
In 2016 we, John and Toni, purchased a property next to the lodge and developed two new stand alone units, EcoScapes.
Eco for the ecology of the project and Scapes as in the biological term ‘scape’ – a new shoot of a plant, in this case a new shoot from the historic Heritage Lodge.
Our business values are in keeping with our mission:
We hope you love EcoScapes as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
We wanted to find the best way to build in our remote location, a place passionately valued by generations of families and visitors. It needed to work with our environment whilst making use of the vast quantity of talent in the local area.
Climate House were our chosen partner for this project being Queenstown based with a by-line of “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
Trent Yeo from TedX Queenstown and Ziptrek introduced us to Michael Sly, one of the partners; he totally understood our vision and was inspirational with his foresight for the project. The conceptional planning and architectural side by Michael with Guy Shaw was exceptional. James Clarke and Sarah Somerville, the other partners, were responsible for the project management and build.
The project was about creating a room around the view in the best way possible. Kinloch experiences a wide variation in temperature so building to the highest level of insulation whilst framing the amazing view was paramount.
NZSIP panels were used for floors, walls and roof. Local suppliers Railton Contracting provided the upgraded septic system, the best environmental treatment possible on our unique site.
Gardens were beautified by Caro Rennebek, with some ground work completed by Done-rite Contracting, both of Glenorchy.
The audio and projector set up was sourced from Ambience Systems from Glenorchy and Queenstown. We are extremely grateful for the input of Paul and Ginny in selecting the right technology.
Our crockery and glassware is by Ecology, made with thoughtfulness and environmental consideration in every step. Blinds and textiles were created by Margaret Melhop of Fabric Collections, Queenstown, with complementary artwork and styling by Emma-Kate Hall from Kingston.
Coffee is from Queenstown’s Orphans Aid International, a charity supporting locals and work overseas with global communities in developing countries – it’s amazing.