The breathtaking scenery of back-country camping, with the feeling you're world's away from modern life - yet with all the little luxuries of modern life... we love Glamping, and there's no better place to do it than New Zealand!
Here are 6 of our favourite New Zealand Glamping locations:
1. Clifton Glamping
In the beautiful wine and food region of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, is a dramatic, rugged peninsula - Cape Kidnappers. The Cape is actually an historic high-country station, owned and farmed by the same family since 1860, and now, the sixth generation of Gordons have dedicated a small and particularly beautiful pocket of this coastal farmland for Glamping.
The campsite here is set up with a beautiful big luxury tent, outdoor shower and bath, outdoor kitchen and large deck, perched up high to take in the stunning surroundings. A gorgeous clean river cascades past your camp site, tempting you in for a summer's dip.
During the day, there's plenty to do - walk or cycle the many great tracks on the Cape, experience a round of golf on one of the world's most breathtaking golf courses, the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course (check out the photo below!), and visit the largest Gannet Colony in the Southern Hemisphere to see these giant, regal birds up close.
Of course, you shouldn't come to Hawke's Bay without exploring the internationally-renowned wineries, and a number of them (like the multi award-winning Elephant Hill) are nice and close to Clifton Glamping. If you crave some city buzz, the excellent shopping and eateries of Napier are only a short drive away.
The exceptional Elephant Hill winery, with Cape Kidnappers as backdrop
2. Waitomo Hilltop Glamping
This spot is perched high on a hilltop of a 500-acre working farm in a rural slice of the Waikato region, and you'll stay in a beautiful big safari tent that's positioned to give you expansive views in every direction.
Book a therapeutic massage, soak in the two outdoor baths as you star gaze (the night sky puts on an amazing show here!), toast marshmallows around the outdoor fire, cook dinner in the pizza oven and enjoy a breakfast of organic eggs collected from the farm. It's hard to imagine a better place to unwind and re-connect.
Attractions and activities nearby include the world-famous Waitomo Caves, where subterranean glow worm caves, giant underground chasms and even underground waterfalls and rivers await for you to explore.
Black water rafting in the Waitomo Caves
If you crave complete solitude, we recommend one of this country's beautiful network of PurePods. PurePods are eco-cabins made almost entirely of glass, nestled in truly remote New Zealand landscapes. Typically, you'll need to park your car and walk (for up to one kilometre) into the secluded site - be it deep in native forest, or high on an isolated clifftop overlooking the ocean.
In a glass cabin, you are literally embraced by the stunning wilderness, and at night, you'll sleep under a canopy of stars, fully visible through your glass roof. We can arrange for delicious dinner and breakfast foods to be waiting for you, along with champagne or wine should you wish.
4. Poronui Safari Camp
The perfect glamping getaway for lovers of the great outdoors. Fill your days with wilderness fly fishing, forest treks, superb hunting, field archery or horse-riding, and return home to camp, on the banks of the Mohaka River, to a gourmet meal created by your own private chef.
Enjoy true backcountry isolation without sacrificing creature comforts.
Archery and rifle-shooting are both on offer on at Poronui Safari Camp.
5. Camp Kekerengu
Our favourite glamping spot for beach lovers and surfers, Camp Kekerengu is set on the majestic Kaikoura Coast (in the South Island of New Zealand).
Kick back and relax at the campsite, with its views from the mountains to the ocean, take a 10 minute stroll down to your beautiful beach, or drive a short distance to Mangamaunu Point - a world famous local surf break.
Camp Kekerengu is an excellent option for groups, as it can host up to 11 people in three sleeping tents, with a fabulous separate group kitchen and covered lounging area.
And of course, while you're here you can't miss out on what Kaikoura is famous for - Whale watching tours (Sperm and Humpback whales make their home here), swimming with dolphins, and visiting massive Seal Colonies.
6. Minaret Station
Nestled in a still valley in the wilds of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, surrounded on all sides by mountains, is a luxury lodge so remote that it's accessible only by helicopter. This is Minaret Station, offering an exclusive, luxury glamping experience like no other.
Magical in winter, stunning in summer
There are only four chalets here one of just four here at Minaret Station, and each boasts NZ sheepskin carpets, a king-size bed, ensuite, separate dressing room, complimentary gourmet mini bar and complimentary high-end toiletries, Our favourite aspect of this alpine accommodation? Your own private, in-deck hot tub - the perfect spot to soak under the Southern stars. The Minaret Station experience includes all meals, using truly farm-to-table fare from Minaret’s own land, and the best of local, seasonal produce. Oh, and did we mention the fishing, hunting and skiing here is epic?
It's no wonder, really, that international luxury travel magazine Town & Country named Minaret Station one of The 100 Hotels That Will Change Your Life.
Ready to book a glamping holiday in New Zealand? We'll take care of everything - from transport and accommodation, to an itinerary of activities that suit your style and interests, through to - if you like - arranging sublime food & drink. Contact our team of New Zealand travel specialists today!