Glamping is a recent and popular phenomenon which couples luxury accommodation with the escapism and recreational adventure associated with camping. It describes a glamorous from of camping with amenities and resort-style services that you would not normally find with traditional camping.
New Zealand now offers an array of accommodation based on this luxurious twist on old forms of tent-living. Here’s our list of top Glamping accommodation picks:
- Maunga Iti, Tutukaka Coast – Just 2 and a bit hours drive from Auckland, this is the ideal private bush-land escape from the city. Situated on top of a small hill, with beautiful views and a wood-burning stove, this is a slice of kiwi paradise.
- Chattan Farm, Bay of Plenty – This glamping experience is a large wooden framed luxury tent with a wood burning stove, situated on a sheep and beef farm, surrounded by native bush and buzzing with native bird life, including the rare Kokako species. Horse riders are even invited to bring their own horses to explore the surrounding farmland trails. Sleeping up to five people, this tent is the perfect size for a family or group of friends. Just 40 minutes to Rotorua and Tauranga, you will have plenty to do exploring the local area.
- Highfield Forest Retreat, Kauri Coast – Set on the luscious Kauri Coast this Glamping escape is only 2.5 hours from Auckland. This escape is a large luxury tent accompanied with a Kauri hut in the native bush, on the edge of a local farm. Nestled amongst the bush and ferns, you will also find a private outdoor bath in a rocky grotto. Surrounded by nature, you could not get a more romantic couples escape.
- Underhill Valley Earth House, Waikato – This hobbit-style house is straight out of a fairy tail. It is a sustainable and authentic hut built into the hillside and beautifully hand crafted with native timber sand rustic iron.
- Tuki Tuki Valley, Hawke’s Bay – Situated in the spectacular Hawkes Bay region, located on a small boutique vineyard this site is just a short walk to Tuki Tuki river (with great Trout fishing!) and a 15 minutes drive from Havelock North. This is a beautiful countryside escape surrounded by the regions best vineyards and restaurants.
These retreats are the perfect places to unwind, switch off and relax. Become immersed in some of the most tranquil, still and peaceful landscapes of New Zealand and take some time to fully enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Grab yourself a sweet 4Wd ride to get to these amazing spots!
While these luxurious campsites have most things you need for an amazing holiday retreat, there are a few essentials to remember:
- Food and drink – a bottle of wine is surely a must!
- Walking shoes or boots – especially if your heading to the bush-land escapes with walking tracks.
- Warm clothes – even with the log fires and relaxing baths often by many of these tents, it can be chilly in the mornings and at night.
- Shower and bath toiletries
- Insect repellent – a must!
- Togs and towels for swimming
- Cards or a good book