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.
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.