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If you’re thinking about glamping in New Zealand’s North Island, you’ve come to the right place. I have put together the list of some of the best glamping New Zealand North Island spots for your next glamping holiday!

Glamping in New Zealand is an ultimate experience and you will be blown away with choices of different glamping spots. 

New Zealand is an outdoor paradise with unlimited opportunities for new adventure: from spectacular glacial valleys and vistas to cruises through the fjords, hang-gliding, mountain biking or mountain trekking, New Zealand has it all, whether you’re on North or South Island.

New Zealand’s North Island is a home to the Bay of Islands that consists of more than 140 subtropical islands. The Bay of Islands is well-known for its pristine beaches, fishing, Maori culture and towns like Kerikeri, Paihia and Waitangi. Glowworm Caves are one of the best natural attractions on North Island. Cape Brett and the ‘Hole in the Rock’ on Piercy Island are, also, breathtaking destinations that can be explored by air or sea. 

There is so much to see and do on North Island, so book your NZD holiday in any of the destinations from my list and enjoy the great outdoors!

Top 10 Glamping New Zealand North Island Spots

1. Belle Glamping by the Sea 

Belle Glamping by the Sea is located in Katikati, the Bay of Plenty region and offers an ultimate glamping experience in a beautiful bell tent with a hot spring bath.  Guests at the tented camp can enjoy a continental breakfast. The site is pet-friendly and features a private beach area, swimming pool and stunning sea views.

While staying at Belle Glamping by the Sea you can enjoy plenty of activities nearby, including hiking or canoeing, trekking on Mount Maunganui, visit the city of Tauranga or just make the most of the garden at the site.

Guest review:  “It was a fantastic experience. The property has so much to offer starting from the comfortable beds in the tent which has sea views, an amazing pool with a slide, a hot spa to stargaze, two reserves to walk on, kayaks for the beach, the list goes on. It was definitely an experience and not just a stay. Last but not the least the gourmet wood fired pizzas are to die for. We will definitely be back.”

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2. Rhino’s Retreat 

Ideally located close to Waipapa and Kerikeri in the native New Zealand’s bush area you can find the amazing glamping site Rhino’s Retreat.

Rhino’s Retreat offers accommodation in a safari tent situated on a 5-acre property of Thula Thula. The tent sleeps up to 2 and features a cozy king size bed, heated blankets, full kitchen, wide open space in front of the tent and the open air bathroom with showering and bathing.

Rhino’s Retreat is a perfect combination of luxury and escape, that is ideal for a romantic getaway.

Guest review: “We enjoyed staying at Rhino’s Retreat. It’s stylish and comfortable with every amenity we could have possibly needed and sparklingly clean. The site is really private and quiet and a soak in the bath was fabulous. We would love to come back again!”

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3. Zen Relax Tent at Paradise Valley 

Located close to the popular sights Kemp House and Stone Store, Zen Relax Tent at Paradise Valley Glamping features glamping in Mongolian yurt (sleeps 2) with a seating area, a dining area, access to a garden, a terrace, and a shared kitchen. 

On-site you can engage in plenty of activities such as hiking, snorkeling and diving. As well as fishing and canoeing nearby the site. 

Guest review: “The tent was lovely and had a great private feeling space out the front to sit and look out. Excellent facilities and the host.”

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4. Serengeti Safari Tent 

Another great glamping experience in Kerikeri, close to the sights Kemp House and Stone Store is a Serengeti Safari Tent stay. The tent features a large double bed (sleeps 2), a seating area, a dining area, a full shared kitchen and an access to a garden and patio.

A great place for a romantic getaway for couples who want to indulge in natural surroundings or try out some of the local activities, such as hiking, cycling and fishing.

Guest review: “The tents are set in very nice grounds with a lovely large pond. There were four tents all together, so plenty of space between the tents for privacy. The interior decor of the tent was great. We only stayed one night, but it was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The owner Donna was extremely friendly and welcoming. We’ll definitely be recommending it. ”

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5. Durham Farms Waipu

Durham Farms in Waipu is a farm located in the beautiful hills of the Brynderwyns growing amazing organic food and offering stay in two luxury tents. 

The tents are located on 1.1 hectares of secluded land and feature a Queen Size bed and a sofa that makes up into 2 single beds for children and a private kitchen and a shower.

Each tent has its own private deck with BBQ, dining area and sun chairs. 

Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend or a family getaway, this site is an excellent choice. While staying on site you can discover the farm, go hiking or venture further to the village of Waipu known for its cafes and beautiful beaches.

Guest review: “We loved our stay! The tents were so comfortable and clean and we loved the finishing touches. The facilities were great – we had a hot shower and plenty of kitchen supplies. The host Kate was warm and welcoming and we were able to buy some organic meat from the farm shop for our BBQ. Great place to switch off and have a relaxing few days would definitely recommend and would love to come back again.”

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6. Yurtopia Glamping 

Yurtopia Glamping offers an ultimate glamping experience in a Mongolian Yurt with a king size bed, ensuite bathroom and a private courtyard in a relaxing and calming environment in Greytown. 

The tent sleeps two and is great for couples who want complete privacy. A kitchenette, a dining area and a bathroom are located in a separate block. 

The site is located just 10 minutes of walk from Greytown Village, a home to some fantastic boutique shopping and historic sites.

Guest review: “This is a magic oasis away from the hustle and bustle of life. Beautifully decorated cosy loveliness. Immaculately clean and with a lovely warm greeting on arrival. Short hop to the main street of Greytown. We are international travelers and loved this as one of our top 10 quirky stays. We will most assuredly be back.”

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7. Wai Rua Escape

Located in a hidden valley close to Whangarei, Wai Rua Escapes is an amazing site in the middle of native bush, tranquil lakes, and volcanic landscapes. 

Wai Rua offers a wide range of accommodation including a fully self-contained cottage, a rustic glamping yurt and venue spaces for weddings and different events. 

The Yurt is fully set up for complete comfort and features a queen size bed, tea and coffee-making facilities, a shower and composting toilet, fresh water and all bedding and amenities. Wai Rua Escapes combines luxury and complete privacy for a memorable glamping experience. 

Guest review: “The yurt is a really good size and as comfortable as any good hotel room. The kitchen is separate as is the ecoloo. Finally you have the hot-water tub where we spent quite a long time. Cooking is fine and the location on the farm is superb – so quiet at night.”

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8. Te Pamu Escape 

Te Pamu Escape is nestled among towering gum trees on 850 acres of lush farmland in a beautiful rural Wairarapa offering amazing safari-style glamping experience.

Luxury safari tent features a king size bed, a full kitchen, a full bathroom facilities, an outdoor shower, and a large covered deck with BBQ. 

While staying at site you can explore Wairarapa and enjoy plenty of local activities, including horse treks, walks, tramping, wineries, cycling, cafes, Aratoi Art and History Museum, Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, Stonehenge Aotearoa and more!

Guest review: “A peaceful, tranquil and romantic location that made you feel you were away from it all while having every luxury you needed (and more). The outdoor bath was an added bonus and so was the log brazier. The food provided was excellent and the tips on how best to cook it on the barbeque was welcomed and provided easy but delicious meals. We were forced to relax, because that was all there was to do!”

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9. MountViews Glamping 

MountViews Glamping is situated on two acres of property in the countryside of Acacia Bay, Taupo. The site is surrounded by farmland and animals such as sheeps, cows, horses, rabbits and some native birds. 

The site offers amazing glamping accommodation in a bell tent that includes a queen size bed, a kitchenette, separate toilet, outdoor shower, lounge seating, shared swimming pool and spa, games room and a BBQ fire pit. 

If you are looking for a romantic getaway this is a perfect place for you. You can sit under the stars toasting marshmallows, while being disconnected from the rest of the world but with great comfort and luxury. 

Guest review: “Mountviews is a memorable experience we won’t forget. Very well thought out with home comforts; comfortable bed, side tables, lamps, a couch, very comfy robes. We loved going out sightseeing for the day, enjoying a lovely dinner then coming back to enjoy a game of darts in the makeshift pub!”

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10. Paradise Valley Glamping

Located in a valley with a running stream,small lake and abundant bird life, Paradise Valley Glamping is the world’s first themed glamping village. 

Paradise Valley glamping offers a wide range of glamping accommodation including Zen Lotus tent (sleep 2), Serengeti Safari tent (sleep 2), The Primrose bell tent (sleep 2), the Luxury Honolulu bell tent with a private Tiki Bar (sleep 2) and Santorini bell tent. All tents are themed, and offer stunning views. 

Each glamping tent has its own large deck. There is a shared and well equipped rustic kitchen, a beautiful outdoor BBQ area and hot showers on-site. 

Paradise Valley Glamping Village is ideally located close to all of the hot spots in the Bay of Islands:  waterfalls, hot pools, beaches, islands, restaurants, bars, shops, wineries and forests.

Guest review: “This was our first glamping experience and we loved it. Donna, our host, was wonderful at making us feel welcomed and ensuring we had everything we needed. The tents were fun and comfortable and the surroundings well maintained. The shared areas were clean and well stocked. The location is quiet and the grounds relaxing -full of bird life.”

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Have you been glamping on NZ North Island and stayed in awesome accommodations I didn’t mention in my list? If so, let me know in the comments. I’d love to add them to my list.



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