Auckland Council takes glamping for a test

Auckland City Council has established glamping sites in two of its most popular regional parks. Glamping might not suit everyone but it is gaining wider acceptance by people looking for a more swept up outdoor experience.

There are now several New Zealand glamping sites but the latest effort by Auckland Council is understood to be the first by a New Zealand local authority to allow the establishment of approved glamping locations within the parks it controls.

The council plan is all about making camping more accessible to a wider range of people.

The bonus here is that virtually everything is done for you. You don’t have to put up your tent and, apart from a nice cosy bed, there’s even a fridge to keep the essentials cold.

Furnished canvas bell tents are now available at the Ōrewa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, Martins Bay Holiday Park and Wenderholm Regional Park.

“The ‘glampsites’ have been carefully selected to offer campers with stunning views and plenty of recreational activities to enjoy, all with a touch of luxury,” says Auckland Council Community Facilities General Manager, Rod Sheridan

“Depending on how good the weather is in the coming months, the accommodation will be available until the end of April 2018 with the vision of bringing it back over the following summer.”

Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee says glamping is a first for council and adds to authority’s portfolio of more than 100 holiday places across the region.

“It’s great because it takes away the pressure of having to purchase and transport all the equipment needed to go camping. You essentially just need to bring your food and clothing. It’s ideal for first-time campers and people wanting to enjoy some of Auckland’s most beautiful locations.”

Booking information

Two glamping tents available for bookings at Ōrewa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park on 0800 673 921 or obhpark@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Two glamping tents available for bookings at Wenderholm Regional Park on 09 366 2000 option 1

One glamping tent available at Martins Bay Holiday Park, for bookings contact 0800 624 7275 or mbhpark@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Hirunui Jacks

The video below takes you through one of the West Coast’s first glamping spots. Definitely a Kiwi bush experience! If you’re keen to find out more about this place and don’t want to be baffled by a shitload of blah de blah then go to their web site.

The bell-shaped tents now available in two of Auckland’s regional parks are spacious and well located.

Glamping sites around New Zealand

Solscape – Raglan, Waikato

Located in the hills above the surfing mecca of Raglan in the Waikato region Solscape offer a more down-to-earth version of ‘glamping’. The aim of Solscape Retreat is to inspire visitors to lead a more ecologically conscious, sustainable life.

Each of Solscapes four tipis are set in native bush with optimum privacy. Floors consist of poured earth or natural timber and have traditional smoke flaps that open for a night-time view of the stars. Tipis are equipped with futon beds, linen and blankets and located a short walk from the main accommodation area.

Wildernest

Wildernest can install and set up their large bell-tents in unique and inspiring locations for luxury holiday experiences that include everything from arranging travel, to food and personal chef, luxury fittings, and pamper suite.

Canopy Camping Escapes – multiple regions
Liz Henderson and Sonia Minnaar launched Canopy Camping Escapes in New Zealand in 2012. They now have several glamping sites located in easily accessible, unspoilt areas and are working with landowners to provide a network of secluded spots, on private land throughout the country.

Canopy Camping Escapes – multiple regions

Liz Henderson and Sonia Minnaar launched Canopy Camping Escapes in New Zealand in 2012. They now have several glamping sites located in easily accessible, unspoilt areas and are working with landowners to provide a network of secluded spots, on private land throughout the country.