Rain or Shine – The 5 Best Glamping Spots in the North Island

We love Auckland, but sometimes it’s good to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge the old batteries every now and then. Glamping is the perfect way to refuel and remove yourself from technology, it’s not quite camping but you still have the chance to be at one with nature. We’ve put together some of our favorite glamping spots in the North Island… so, what are you waiting for? Put down your phone and go! (You can thank us later)

Highfield Forest Retreat

Just two hours away from Auckland is a beautiful secluded spot called Highfield Forest Retreat. It’s a unique glamping experience that is perfect for any season. Set in the stunning countryside, a luxury tent lit by fairy lights awaits your arrival. An old Kauri hut is used for the Kitchen, dining and lounge area where you can snuggle up by the wood fire and play board games or treat yourself to a cheeky glass of wine or two. The toilet facilities are flawless, and the outdoor bath is out of this world. Yes…. That’s right there is an outdoor bath set in the middle of the forest just a short walk from your tent. Surrounded by nature, relax in the outdoor bath and watch as native birds like tomtits and tui’s dart about the campsite and listen to the morepork calling from the treetops. Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or a family holiday, Highfield Forest retreat has it all. You’ll certainly leave feeling refreshed and if you’re lucky you may even spot a Kiwi.


Set on Maori land, Kanuka is more than just a glamping experience, it’s culturally rich and screams adventure. The only way to access the site is by a stunning 10-minute water taxi ride, which showcases the beautiful Lake Tarawera, near Rotorua. The campsite itself is secluded and is extremely peaceful, surrounded by native bush and a stunning view of the lake from your bed. Relax in the natural hot pool, which is just a short walk from the camp or kayak along the lake with the kayaks provided by the hosts. After that, rustle up a delicious meal in the kitchen, where all utensils are provided. In the evening, wind down in front of the outdoor heater and listen to the sound of the water crashing on the beach.


Based in the heart of Raglan, Solscape offers an eco-glamping experience like no other. Dedicated to sustainable living and protecting our natural world, Solscape has multiple lodgings to choose from.  Stay in the mysterious Tipi Forest or spend a night in a hand-crafted earth dome. The onsite café produces food that is not only healthy but hearty as everything is organic, plant-based and all ingredients are ethically sourced with the fresh produce being harvested from their onsite permaculture gardens. Now you know where your food is being sourced from, sit back and enjoy your breakfast with breath-taking views of the ocean. Raglan is known for its surfing, so become a pro with the Solscape surf school or if surfing isn’t for you then head to their yoga studio to find your inner zen. It’s got tasty food, exciting activities and unique glamping facilities, and it’s all completely guilt free.

Martins Bay Holiday Park

Auckland Council has welcomed glamping into their Holiday Parks, which means that glamping is now accessible to families at an affordable price. Based in a stunning location right on the beachfront this beautiful large Lotus Belle tent includes a Queen bed, with additional single beds if required. All you need to bring is your food and your clothing and everything else is provided. It not only takes away the pressure of having to transport all of your own camping equipment but creates a fun, comfortable and most importantly a hassle-free holiday for all of the family.

Waitomo Hilltop Glamping

Escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Waitomo Hilltop Glamping, where you can still indulge in life’s luxuries and not to mention they have views for days! It is the perfect opportunity for you to wind down and unplug from your phones and technology and instead be at one with nature. Toast marshmallows over the fire, play a board game, or take a dip in the outdoor tub and watch the world pass you by. You get to experience the excitement of camping but can still soak up the luxuries like an en-suite bathroom, sumptuous bedding and you can even make your own pizza in the pizza oven. So, get away from the daily grind and recharge your batteries at this stunning location.  

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