Off-grid luxury: the best glamping spots in the Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty is the perfect place to get off the grid and have a bit of luxury at the same time.

Of course, there’s plenty of satisfaction in kicking off your muddy hiking boots outside a DoC hut after a seven-hour day in the hills before snuggling up in a sleeping bag between a snorer and another person. who wakes up at 4:30 a.m. But what about having a bit of backcountry bush and the comforts of home at the same time?

Redwood Farm Tree House, Bay of Plenty.

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Redwood Farm Tree House, Bay of Plenty.

Whether you’re a family looking to get away to nature without having to pack your bags, a couple looking for a romantic getaway, or even just a solo traveler like me who likes to hide away in a special place with both the comfort of nature and creatures, glamping – aka glamorous camping – is for everyone.

Over the past decade there has been a real boom in glamping spots all over New Zealand. While many started on farms that sought to share their incredible land with others and diversify their sources of income, others were pure passion projects reminiscent of the Bach culture.

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Nowhere is glamping better than the Bay of Plenty. The region truly offers everything from geothermal wonders and stunning beaches to historic sites and stunning farmland – and only a few hours from Auckland.

I have stayed at many glamping sites in New Zealand, and they all vary widely in terms of what is available. Most have no electricity or run on generators and have access where you must carefully follow directions to find them, making the trip part of the experience.

Some are set up with beautiful Lotus Belle glamping tents, founded by a clever Kiwi, while others are more permanent structures, much like a combination of a DoC hut, a cozy hut and a DIY shed with facilities. outdoor kitchen. Some are super eco-friendly while others reflect the history of the place and the land.

Phoenix Valley, Bay of Plenty.

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Phoenix Valley, Bay of Plenty.

Phoenix Valley is just outside of Tauranga and has glowworm caves, pools and waterfalls nearby. With an epic outdoor shower and a stylishly appointed safari tent, this is the perfect getaway spot for a little vacation.

Further afield, near Paengaroa, you’ll discover Falcon’s Nest, a stunning new cabin that reflects both the beauty of the land and the vision of the family behind it. Take long hot baths in the wooden outdoor spa overlooking the Pāpāmoa coast.

Redwood Farm Tiny House, Bay of Plenty.

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Redwood Farm Tiny House, Bay of Plenty.

Redwood Farm has both a treehouse and cottage glamping site spread over 200 hectares of lush farmland near Te Puke, with panoramic views of the Bay of Plenty and Mount Tarawera on a clear day .

Just outside Whakatāne you will find Kahikatea Farm, a collection of huts and a Lotus Belle tent nestled among mature mānuka, huge kahikatea and nīkau palms. In the lush oasis you can bring the kids and vacation with the best of nature and the best of home at the same time.

Kahikatea Farm, Bay of Plenty.

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Kahikatea Farm, Bay of Plenty.

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