The Sherwood hotel in Queenstown has been included in travel platform Expedia’s ‘Top 10 Eco-Friendly Stays’, and is the only inclusion from the Pacific region.
The former mid-80s, mock-Tudor motor inn and self-described community hotel ranked 10th in the list, which was compiled using data from Expedia’s global bank of more than eight million traveller reviews.
Situated on three acres of rolling alpine hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu the 80-room hotel features an award-winning restaurant, bar and music venue, yoga studio, film production and co-working facilities and is complemented by a large kitchen garden managed under organic principles.
“We believe Kaitiakitanga (the Maori philosophy of guardianship) – and a simple respect for nature, lie at the heart of any sustainable practice,” said Sherwood co-founder and director Adam Smith.
“Our natural environment and landscape are the reason the vast majority of people choose to live and travel here so for us it’s just common sense that we operate our business in a way that will protect and enhance it for generations to come.”
The hotel’s sustainable ethos includes keeping the existing building instead of creating a new one; minimising waste; building using low impact materials; installing a large private solar array; and sourcing almost all their produce from New Zealand.