Battling with guy ropes, losing pegs and trying to figure out where you should even position the damn thing makes tenting not a walk in the park. But never fear—fall outs and deflating air beds will become a thing of the past when you get your glamping pants on. Glamping has changed the camping game forever, and boy, are we thankful.
With so many beautiful glamping spots in and around Auckland you can be sure to catch a stress-free snooze under the stars. What are you waiting for, get booking that getaway.
Wainamu Luxury Tents
Located at Auckland’s Bethells Beach and noted for its infamous sticky, black sands, sunny skies and salty sea breezes, your glamping stay at Wainamu will be nothing short of spectacular. A short forty-minute drive from central Auckland, you’ll be amazed at how secluded and tucked away you’ll feel. Their safari-inspired tents come complete with recycled wooden floors, handmade Kiwi linens and rustic cooking facilities. Oh, and just a heads up—there is no, we repeat, no—cellphone coverage at Wainamu, so those selfies will have to wait. Sit back, soak in the starry skies and toast those marshmallows.
Special occasion? Need a relaxing escape from Auckland life? Look no further than Castaways Resort. In each package, they offer includes a king-size bed, kitchen, fresh linen, gourmet meals and wine—and not to mention, kick-ass killer views. Choose from an outdoor bath overlooking the swell or opt to be tucked away amongst native bush in your own treetop hideaway. Save those pennies as these indulgent and one-of-a-kind vacations don’t come cheap, but are worth every, single dime.
The team at Solscape is taking the glamping world by storm. With three completely different and unique glamping styles on offer, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. One option is their converted, train cabooses, fitted with beds and dormitory-style sharing spaces. Want to feel more at one with nature? Hit up their ‘Tipi Forest’ for a back-to-basics glamping experience, complete with open-air facilities and earth pizza oven! Pizza under the stars = game changer. Finally, their Earth Domes are a thing of wonder. Made entirely from natural materials, Solscape describe this sleeping experience as one of a ‘grounding’ nature. Pardon the pun.
Inspired by the old English Shepherd’s huts, this cute-as-a-button gipsy-esque caravan is the perfect summer retreat at Wharekawa Farm. Just a two-hour drive away from central Auckland, this glamping hotspot is located on the headland overlooking the horizon. Ideal for couples, the hut has complete with a queen-sized bed, window seat and wood burner for those chillier Auckland evenings, not to mention an idyllic hammock situated by the water. With ocean views galore and with just a 300m walk to the private sandy cove, you’ll be getting your feet wet in no time.
Fossil Bay Lodge
Waiheke is a haven in itself. With vineyards and views to boot, why not make your Waiheke experience even more unforgettable this summer. Book a stay at one of Fossil Bay Lodge’s Lotus Belle Tents for a remarkable summer stay. These tents are always booking up quickly and it’s no surprise why. With magnificent beds, large open spaces, and outdoor ensuite hot showers and bathrooms, these tents are a steal for an ideal summer getaway. You can also opt for one of the cottages or dainty apartments Fossil Bay has to offer.
Takou River Lodge
Bay Of Islands
With a range of safari and vintage style tents to choose from, we can’t go past the ‘Luxury Tent and Romantic Out Door Bath’ package that Takou River Lodge has to offer. Perfect for a romantic retreat, your stay will include luxurious views, a quaint kitchen and your own private outdoor bath. Sheltered by Pohutukawa trees and with hot running water, you won’t want to leave this tub, so get ready to rock those wrinkled fingers. Add a few candles, a star-filled sky and plenty of staring into each other's eyes and you’ll start to hear those wedding bells chime.
Highfield Forest Retreat
Set in a lush, native forest, your canopy will be surrounded by bird song, trees and nothing more. Highfield Forest Retreat offers your own private tent, complete with bed and outdoor lounge area, you’ll also have access to your own, private hut complete with indoor lounge area. Talk about glamping perfection. Superbly sized for amenities mentioned, it’s perfect for small families and couples looking for a nature-filled getaway. Listen out for native birds and trickling waterfalls and with a boardwalk leading you into the trees, you’ll be kiwi spotting in no time.
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Image credit: Takou River Lodge, Castaways, Wainamu Luxury Tents, Canopy Camping, Soulscape, Fossil Bay Lodge