If I’m honest, I’ve always been more in love with the idea of going camping than the reality of going camping. The great outdoors, fresh air and unspoilt views – what’s not to love? But that whole process of ditching the comfy bed for a sleeping mat and taking a shower after walking across a muddy field? Well that’s just not me. Which is why I’m a glamping fan. Once you stayed at some glamping locations, you’ll never go back.
From my very first glamping holiday, I was hooked. Fed up with almost hermetically sealed hotels with identikit decor, that first stay was an awakening. I could have my cake and eat it! Since then, I’ve glamped across the world, from Chile to Zimbabwe. One of the best glamping destinations has surely got to be New Zealand, where it would be a sin to cut ourselves off from those epic views. Here’s our pick of the best New Zealand glamping locations.
North Island Glamping Locations
Treehouse near Whitianga on the Coromandel
Glampers looking for a private retreat in the midst of some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside hit the jackpot with this innovative treehouse. Hidden away high in the hills, surrounded by native forest and with views over the ocean from the magnificent deck, this is a beautiful spot to withdraw from the pressures of everyday life, if only for a while.
Luxury tent resort and tree house paradise south of Auckland
Set on a cliff-top overlooking Karioitahi Beach, these luxury tents are perfect for couples wishing to relax and enjoy each other’s company. King-sized beds are standard, but it’s the outside baths with views over the coast that are the main draw. Each has its own compost toilet, sink and shower. The tents are heated, too, making this a year-round destination. If you’re booking for a special occasion, then consider the resort’s treehouse, located a bicycle ride away between two Totara trees.
Romantic bell tent near Tauranga
Comfort is the watchword here. Before you arrive, your host will have made up the king-sized futon with freshly-laundered sheets and cosy blankets. Hot water and soft, fluffy towels are standard, too. OK, so the bathroom is situated a few metres from the tents, but the pressure’s good enough to have a decent shower. There’s no electricity, however, making this the pretty place the ideal setting for an uninterrupted, romantic getaway with your significant other.
Hobbit home in the hills of Waitomo
The Hobbit hotel in Otorohanga’s Woodlyn Park, ticks all the boxes for glampers with a fondness for J. R. R. Tolkien’s little creatures in the Lord of the Rings. These units really look the part, with round doors and windows, set into the hillside with grassy roofs. Proving you can create glamping accommodation out of just about anything, there’s also a converted World War Two ship, a plane and a train at the same glamping location.
South Island Glamping Locations
Yurt with stargazing skylight, Motueka
Nothing says glamping like a beautifully furnished yurt and the warm neutral palette of these blend seamlessly with their exquisite surroundings. From your chair on the spacious deck, you’ll enjoy views of Tasman Bay as you sip your morning coffee. At night, lie down on the king-sized bed and gaze up at the stars through the classic yurt skylight. This is a place that’s even better when there’s a chill in the air: the stove and thick insulation ensure you’ll be toasty whatever the weather’s doing outside.
Wagon stay near Christchurch
Bud the Labrador is waiting to give you a waggy welcome at this secluded 90 acre farm, a half hour’s drive from Christchurch. Inside the wagon, you’ll find a double bed, en-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and sink as well as a bijou, but well-appointed kitchenette. For the ultimate in pampering, arrange to have breakfast delivered to your door each morning.
Luxury tent on a sheep farm near Queenstown
The luxury tents here are comfortably furnished with king-sized beds, toilet and shower, and even boast carpet on the floor. Outside, there’s a grill and fire pit perfect for al-fresco dining. The adjacent farm is stocked with sheep and cows; guests are encouraged to join in if they wish. The surrounding area is one of the most beautiful in the country, making this the perfect base from which to explore Southland.
Luxury tipi in Okuti Valley, Banks Peninsula
Spring brings the flowers and the organic garden of this gardener’s paradise will inspire even the least green-fingered among us to plant something when we get back home. Organic veggies are sold on-site and guests can help themselves to fresh herbs from the kitchen garden. Each of the tipis is furnished with single beds, rugs and cushions. The site’s eco-credentials are amongst its strengths. Solar panels ensure a steady supply of hot water to the showers while composting toilets minimise the impact of guests on their surroundings. Kids will love the trampoline and sand pit.
If these have whetted your appetite; why not visit Glamping Hub where you’ll find a wide selection of glamping locations to suit all needs.