New Zealand is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and some would say the best way to experience it is to ‘go native’ and camp under the stars to take in the full experience.
However, some of us out there are a little more delicate than others and prefer the good life, i.e. not fans of camping, but this does not mean that you have to miss out on the wondrous pleasure of experiencing the New Zealand wilderness first hand.
Glamping is a recent phenomenon that offers the outdoor experience of camping together with all the homely pleasures of a hotel room and here are the three best places to glamp throughout New Zealand.
Best New Zealand Glamping Sites
Minaret Station is situated near Wanaka in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island.
Guests at Minaret Station can escape to this remote destination to experience heli-skiing, hunting and fishing in some of the most beautiful and untouched surrounds that New Zealand has to offer, all while enjoying their stay in the luxurious chalets, set into the mountain.
Underhill Valley Earth House
If you have explored the North Island of New Zealand, you have probably visited one of it’s most famous attractions, the movie set ‘Hobbiton’, and wished you could stay in one of these gorgeous little hillside houses.
Underhill Valley Earth House offers exactly what you are looking for, as guests can stay in a beautifully constructed wooden and Iron built hideaway set into the side of a hill near Hamilton in the Waikato District. This glamping escape opens out onto pond and farm views, and offers a warm coal range creating a cosy romantic getaway creating the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of wine under the stars.
Ridge Top Farm
Ridge Top Farm offers a more traditional glamping experience, with guests staying in large marquee style tents, complete with wooden floorboards, four-poster beds and lounge suites. The Ridge Top Farm operates on a 1500 acre beef and sheep farm in Manawatu on the North Island of New Zealand, with stunning views of Kapiti Island, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Egmont.
Guests have the facilities of the Kitchen tent and bathroom tent, and can relax by the campfire of the evenings but don’t forget to bring a bottle or two with you to add to the evening.