Top 4 glamping spots in New Zealand

It’s one of the newest words in travel. Glamping, already well established in the UK is a comfortable and far more natural experience than staying in a conventional hotel, and has recently taken up residence in New Zealand. Forget roughing it under, glamping is more akin to the sort of tents you may find on safari, many with ensuite facilities. Here are some of the most exciting glamping offerings to consider when planning your tailor-made holiday to New Zealand.

Gypsy River, Masterton, North Island

Gypsy River Camping can be found not far from Masteron at the bottom of North Island. The area is well-known for wine, food, art and nature. Guests stay in authentic, gypsy-style caravans, located in the grounds of Mas des Salues (‘House of Willows’) next to the Ruamahanga River, and cook their won meals – either in the cookhouse, around the campfire or on the barbeque. Braver visitors can wash in the outdoor, fire-heated bath, where the only spectators will be the local wildlife.

Gypsy River

Poronui, Taharua Valley, North Island

Poronui has evolved over the years from a simple fishing camp into one of the world’s finest wilderness lodges. Covering 16,000 acres of wilderness including dense beech forests, grasslands and manuka, it can only be accessed by horseback or 4WD. During the day, guests can go hiking, horse riding or fishing, by night they can sleep to the rhythm of the river in a rustic timber and canvas cabin. There is the option to have meals delivered or you can self-cater and with over 150 miles of hiking and riding trails to be explored, guests wont be short of things to do.

Poronui Ranch

Minaret Station, Lake Wanaka, South Island

Minaret Station is the first luxury tented lodge in New Zealand and offers some of the most luxurious experiences. Set in the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wanaka, and only accessible by helicopter, the lodge feels wonderfully remote. Rated one of the top 10 fishing lodges in the world by Forbes magazine, this really is a fishing paradise. The landscape may be rough, but the accommodation at Minaret is anything but. The canvas tents are heated with wall-to-wall sheepskin carpets, king-size beds, there’s even a hot tub on the private deck to enjoy beneath the stars at night.

Minaret Station

Pagoda Lodge, Kerikeri, North Island

Luxury, romance, nature – Pagoda Lodge in the old town of Kerikeri (gateway to the Bay of Islands) has it all. The architecture of the lodge is Chinese inspired and surrounded by lush gardens. Guests can choose to stay in the main lodge, converted boatshed, steamboat cabin or gypsy caravan. For a proper glamping experience, there are safari tents mounted on a deck with beautiful views over the garden and river. Families can enjoy a larger safari tent with separate rooms and deck patio. Those looking for adventure can kayak on the river or hike parts of the Te Aoroa Trail, New Zealand’s longest walking trail, which passes right by the lodge.

Pagoda Lodge

David Wickers is Director of Bridge & Wickers.

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