While camping may have been fun when you were younger, take it one step further in your adult years with glamping! Getting back to nature and disconnecting from suburban stress never looked so inviting, comfortable and glamorous.
With celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leonardo DiCaprio and even The Rolling Stones giving up their hotel suites and penthouses for luxury tipis and lotus belle tents, how could we not want to give glamping a go?
You’ll be happy to know that dotted around New Zealand are some cute glamping spots which you can relax and unwind at in style. Perfect for a BFF weekend away, a family vacation, or even a romantic getaway with your partner, the unique glamping experience will open your eyes to our picturesque country.
Here are our top five glamping sites to visit as the warmer months start rolling in:
Situated on the Kaikoura Coast, Camp Kekrengu includes three luxury canopy tents, a kitchen, bathroom facilities and lounging area which all looks out over the ocean and lush countryside. Owned and run by Pip and Simon Toddhunter, this glampsite can fit up to eleven people making it perfect for a group getaway. Wake up to the sunrise over the ocean and fall asleep under the stars at this perfect location.
Just a 50-minute drive out of Auckland CBD, Castaways Resort is situated on the clifftops looking over Karioitahi Beach. Each Glam Camp features all the overnight essentials of your typical resort – kingsize bed, kitchen, gourmet dinner and breakfast (plus treats and wine), ensuite and central heating – but perhaps the best feature is the indulgent outdoor bath. The Coastal Tent looks out over the ocean horizon and captures the sunset, while the Totara Tree Tent is situated amongst New Zealand’s flora and fauna.
Ridge Top Farm
This country-themed glampsite is located near Manawatu nestled in a scenic farm next to wetlands and native bush. The panoramic views look out to Kapiti Island, Mount Egmont, and Mount Ruapehu and the farm gives you a true taste of rural New Zealand. Alongside the essentials, the cosy campfire area is a must.
This slice of Kiwi paradise is located on the South Island’s West Coast, just 12 kilometres outside of Hokitika. Resting on a private spot on the banks of Kaniere River, you’ll be treated all the beauty our country has to offer. Explore the native surrounds and, at the end of the day, enjoy an outdoor bath or shower under the stars followed by a peaceful sleep listening to the sounds of the river and bush.
Tucked between the hills of Lavericks Bay, this glampsite is the perfect size for two families or a group of friends looking to getaway. Days spent mountain biking or walking the farmlands, afternoons spent with picnics on the beach, and dinner at the dedicated communal area will bring everyone together at the end of the day. The two luxury tents are thoughtfully decorated creating a blissful atmosphere.
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