Cross Hill domes win best new build

Posted: August 16, 2021 Tags: Category: News

Cross Hill domes win best new build

The Camp Lake Hawea takes out title of best new build for unique geo dome project

Cross Hill Geo Domes

A multi-million-dollar eco-dome glamping retreat on the shores of Lake Hawea has taken out the title of best new build over $100,000 at an industry awards ceremony last weekend.

The Camp, a quintessential Kiwi camping ground located in park-like settings on the shores of Lake Hawea, won the title of Resco Best New Build over $100k Award at the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) annual awards for the development of the Cross Hill Lodge & Domes.

The judges were impressed by the six energy-efficient geodesic domes which have been designed and built in a secluded area of The Camp, providing a premium level of glamping accommodation at the popular South Island glamping spot.

Cross Hill Domes

HAPNZ CEO Fergus Brown said the judges were “very impressed with the premium product”.

“The geodesic domes provide quality accommodation at a premium rate that will meet the needs of visitors and provide valuable income for the property. It is excellent to see holiday parks investing in new and improved product at a time when business is very difficult.

“The judges applaud Sarah and Richard for providing a premium product to meet customer demand as well as exceeding their expectations when they arrive,” he added.

In the works for over two years, and delayed due to covid-19, owners Sarah and Richard Burdon forged ahead with the $2M + build despite the pressures and uncertainty of covid-19.

Co-owner Sarah Burdon said the couple and the wider Camp team were “stoked” to take out the title.

“We’ve all worked so hard to get the domes completed, facing numerous barriers along the way.  It is one of our long-term sustainability goals to provide accommodation all year round so to have the domes now finally open and experienced by guests for the winter is so rewarding. The feedback we’re getting is phenomenal and guests are loving the uniqueness of the concept and the High-Country Hospitality we’re providing”, said Sarah.

Sarah and Richard Burdon

Located within the parklike surroundings of The Camp, Cross Hill Lodge and Domes celebrate the magic of human connection on the land with high country hospitality and premium comfort in a remote, peaceful setting.

Each of the six domes at Cross Hill has a 40sqm interior with a 30sqm deck and provide an enviable architectural aesthetic, bringing the outside in, to each and every dome.

The floor to ceiling window enables guests to lie beneath the stars at night, cocooned, safe and warm (or cool) from the outside elements and in the day the beauty of the natural environment surrounds the domes.

The domes are the latest accommodation offering at The Camp, which introduced Bell, Denver and Safari-style glamping tents to the campground in 2019, to complement its cottages, cabins and other camping options.


Video: Click here to view a video of Cross Hill.

About Cross Hill Lodge & Domes

Cross Hill Lodge & Domes offer premium, unique accommodation in Lake Hawea. Offering high country hospitality at its best, guests at Cross Hill Lodge & Domes become part of the family. Use your own private geo dome as a base from which to explore the region, before sharing stories of your day with our host team and other guests at Cross Hill Lodge. Cross Hill offers more than accommodation, Cross Hill is where paths cross, stories are shared and memories made.

Fast Facts:

  • Located in a secluded area of The Camp, Lake Hawea
  • Six geodesic domes spanning 40sq m interiors and 30sqm decks
  • Kitchenette with dishwasher
  • Private changing area with hanging space and full-length mirror
  • Premium interiors inspired by the local area
  • Environmentally friendly heating and cooling system
  • Access to Cross Hill Lodge including hot tub, massage room and lounge areas


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