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Unusual Camping & Glamping


 

Tipi - Orongo Bay Holiday Park

Russell
Orongo Bay Holiday Park

5960 Russell Road
     www.russellaccommodation.co.nz          Phone: 09 403 7704      Orongo Bay Holiday Park Facebook

Chosen by the BBC to film New Zealand's rare bird-life, Russell - Orongo Bay Holiday Park is the only Enviro Gold holiday park in Northland. Immerse yourself amongst 14 acres of nature where you have the chance to get up close and personal with up to 55 species of birds, including the elusive Kiwi and North Island Weka. We have a variety of accommodation options available, such as our popular tipi and glamping tents with views over the bay. We have a selection of powered and unpowered sites as well as self-contained accommodation available.

Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Weka outside cabin - Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Orongo Bay Holiday Parks

 

Cottage accommodation Aroha Island

Kerikeri
Aroha Island Eco Centre
Rangitane Road (12kms from Kerikeri)
www.arohaisland.co.nz           Phone: 09 407 5243

At Aroha Island Eco Centre you can camp from $30 per night for two or stay in one of the cottages or lodge. Birdlife is plentiful and it's a short walk to a rocky beach or a short kayak to a sandy one. Guided Kiwi Walks may be an option at night or guests can hire a red light torch ($5) and take a self guided walk.


Cob Cottage - Tara Retreat


Mangawhai
Tara Retreat

247 Tara Road
     www.tararetreat.co.nz          Phone: 021 0279 7970      Tara Retreat Facebook      Tara Retreat Instagram

Welcome to Tara Retreat in Mangawhai on Northland’s east coast. We have a hand-built cob cottage, a self-contained studio and a renovated “revolutionary” caravan. Onsite is also a yoga studio, massage therapist and naturopath. Help yourself from the surrounding gardens and orchard trees or pop down to the weekly village market. Nearby are cafes, a golf course, lovely bush and coastal walks, and of course many great beaches.


Valley Vista Eco Retreat Tiny House

Kaiwaka
Valley Vista Eco Retreat

233 Baldrock Road
www.valleyvista.co.nz          Phone: 0274 937 801      Valley Vista Facebook

Valley Vista Eco Retreat - A Place to Forget. Forget the world, kick back and just enjoy the sensation of peace and plenty. We know you enjoy wide views, places to walk and places to read a book. Somewhere you can be you, in a gorgeous Tiny House with B&B, or a Container Cottage, or pitching a tent in a quiet and private spot. Our onsite caravan is a fun option, or our Introduction to Camping does all the hard work for you and leaves you just the fun. We are here, waiting to share Valley Vista with you. Book now to have your best holiday.

Valley Vista Eco Retreat
Valley Vista Eco Retreat Tiny House
Valley Vista Eco Retreat
Valley Vista Eco Retreat

 

Auckland
Whatipu Lodge

Whatipu Road (40 minutes west of Auckland)
www.whatipulodge.co.nz
          Phone: 09 811 8860     *** Facebook

Whatipu Lodge was built over 100 years ago and additions have been minimal. There are communal cooking and bathroom facilities but you need to take your own bedding. The lodge is a good option for groups - minimum charge $250 per day. You can also camp from $7.50 per night or stay in Whatipu Bach from $120 per night (discount for mid week stays). Note: The last 7 kms of road to Whatipu Lodge is unsealed and narrow in places, take care. More information about Auckland Council accommodation options.


Katikati Naturist Park

Katikati
Katikati Naturist Park
149 Wharawhara Road, RD2
www.katikati-naturist-park.co.nz          Phone: 0800 4 567 567

If you're comfortable in your birthday suit you can pitch your tent, hire a caravan (or park your own), or book in to a kitchen cabin or chalet at Katikati Naturist Park. Alternatively you can visit for the day, from $10. Facilities include a spa, mini putt, outdoor chess set and petanque court.

Ark at Tui Ridge Accommodation

Aongatete
Tui Ridge Accommodation
176 Work Road
www.tuiridge.nz          Phone: 07 552 0061      Tui Ridge Facebook      Tui Ridge Instagram

Located up a long treelined driveway is the gardens of Tui Ridge. With views out to the Kamai’s we have various different cabin accomodation - including The Tui Treehouse and the unique Ark cabin, hand built by us. Most cabins are off-grid enabling you to disconnect, take in the views and relax. Prices range from $25 to $150. Tui Ridge is also available as a Wedding Venue.

Accommodation at Tui Ridge
Treehouse at Tui Ridge
Accommodation at Tui Ridge
Ark at Tui Ridge Accommodation

 


Firth Tower

Matamata
Firth Tower Museum
www.firthtower.co.nz          Phone: 07 888 8369

Self contained motor homes can park over night for $6 per van per night ($12 if power is required) at Firth Tower Museum. Look for the sign in the car park for all you need to know, especially if you arrive outside Museum hours. It's free to wander through the gardens at the Firth Tower Museum but entry to the historic buildings is $5.

Earth Dome, Solscape Eco Retreat

Raglan
Solscape Eco Retreat
611 Wainui Road
           www.solscape.co.nz          Phone: 07 825 8268           Solscape Facebook          Instagram

Unusual accommodation at Solscape Eco Retreat includes earth domes, tipis (seasonal) and cabooses. Solscape is an eco conscious property located 6km from Raglan but walking distance to the beach. If you're keen to learn to surf check out the inhouse surf school - SolSurfer. Accommodation rates suit those on a backpacker budget and beyond.

Belle tent interior
Family Tipi
Caboose

 


Cottages at The Flying Fox

Whanganui
The Flying Fox
3081 Whanganui River Rd
RD 6 Whanganui
           www.theflyingfox.co.nz          Phone: 06 927 6809          The Flying Fox Facebook
The Flying Fox provides a unique accommodation experience, nestled in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Whanganui River. With no road access, visitors arrive via aerial cable car across the river or land on the bank from jet boat or canoe. With no cell phone reception or television this is truly a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Choose to stay in self-contained cottages, hand built from recycled native timbers or one of the three Glamping options. Alternatively, there is also a sheltered campsite for those with their own tent. Workshops in felting, card making, bone carving and Oamaru stone sculpture are offered for groups of three or more.

Whanganui River
Aerial cable car
The Flying Fox
Glamping at The Flying Fox

 

Greystone PurePod at night

Waipara
Greystone PurePod

     www.purepods.com          PurePods Facebook      PurePods Instagram      PurePods Twitter     Greystone PurePod Tripadvisor Reviews

The Greystone PurePod is an hour north of Christchurch, nestled high above an organic winery in Waipara. A beautifully romantic getaway in a luxurious glass cabin, where at night you can stargaze through the glass ceiling and by day immerse yourself in the views of the landscape – even the floor is glass! Fully equipped with luxurious queen bed, bathroom, kitchenette & BBQ. 10 minute nature walk from the carpark to the PurePod. $490 per night for two, dinner & breakfast package also available.

 


Jacksons Retreat

Arthurs Pass
Jacksons Retreat
Phone: 03 738 0474

Located 33 kms west of Arthurs Pass, Jacksons Retreat provides unique accommodation for those in tents and camper vans – covered camping barns. Each barn has its own water and power supply, and large windows to take in the alpine view. Facilities include free bikes and BBQs, a small pantry shop sells free range eggs. Sites from $40 for two.


Rainforest Retreat

Franz Josef
Rainforest Retreat
46 Cron Street
www.rainforestretreat.co.nz          Phone: 03 752 0220

Rainforest Retreat is set in six acres of native bush and accommodation includes a self contained log cabin called the Tree Hut. Rainforest Holiday Park offers cheaper accommodation in dorm rooms, and powered sites for campervans. Monsoon bar (when it rains we pour) and restaurant is onsite, and Glacier Hot Pools are opposite.

Okuti Garden Yurt

Little River
Okuti Garden
216 Okuti Valley Road
     www.okuti.co.nz          Phone: 03 325 1913      Okuti Garden Facebook      Okuti Garden Instagram      Okuti Garden Tripadvisor Reviews

You can stay in a yurt, tipi or house truck. All are really nicely set up amidst wild flowers, fruit trees and organic veggie gardens on the sunny side of the lovely Okuti Valley. The Garden Kitchen is surrounded by pick-your-own herbs. Art Box, games, friendly animals and free WiFi. A great base for exploring the wonderful Banks Peninsula with its dozens of bays, great walking tracks and cycleway, as well as cafes, restaurants, dolphins and kayaks in historic Akaroa. Exuberant birdsong in the morning and golden light in the evening. “Curiously timeless and otherworldly.” Latitude Magazine.

Okuti Garden
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt
Okuti Garden Yurt

 


Little River Campground

Little River
Little River Campground
287 Okuti Valley Road
www.littlerivercampground.co.nz           Phone: 03 325 1014

A tipee is often used as the communal lounge at Little River Campground, and the Love Shack cabin is lit by candles only. Loos are long drops and facilities are described as rustic, it sounds like camping as it used to be, reviewers rate their experience well. You can visit just for the day in the warmer months and ride the Scary Slippery Slides (see Facebook for photos). Camp from $15pp, cabins from $40 per night.


Stargazers at Onuku Farm

Akaroa
Onuku Farm
Onuku Road (6kms from Akaroa)
Phone: 03 304 7066

Gaze up at the stars through the glass roof of a Stargazer wooden tent or park your van for the night. Double, twin, dorm (including girls only) beds are available in the Farm House. Accommodation from $15 a night. Please note: The road to Onuku Farm is winding and narrow in places, drive with care. Enquire about free pick up from Akaroa. (Closed May - September). Onuku Farm is the first stop on The Banks Peninsula Track, there are also shorter walks guests can take on the 430 hectare coastal farm.


Creeksyde Holiday Park

Queenstown
Creeksyde Holiday Park & Motels
54 Robins Road
Phone: 03 442 9447

Curious, quirky and unusual all describe the facilities at Creeksyde Holiday Park & Motels. From the ‘Tapas Room’ barbecue pavilion to the trompe l’oeil (deceive the eye) murals in the communal bathrooms.


Gunn's Camp

Te Anau
Gunn's Camp
Hollyford Valley, Te Anau
     www.gunnscamp.org.nz     Gunn's Camp Tripadvisor Reviews

Get away from it all at Gunn's Camp - there is no phone coverage or wi-fi, but a generator provides electricity in the evenings and mornings. Some cabins date from the late 1930's when they housed men working on a roading project. There is a modern communal kitchen with gas cookers but you need to take your own crockery etc. Visit the onsite museum to learn about the camp's history and the legend of Davey Gunn and his son Murray. Ideal base for day walks and longer tramps like the Hollyford Track. Camping from $20 per person, backpacker accommodation from $30 per person.

Gunn's Camp
Gunn's Camp
Gunn's Camp