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Top North Island Glamping Spots in New Zealand

29 April 2023


Whether it’s a romantic, fun, or family getaway, New Zealand’s North Island is a haven for glamorous camping. Glamping in the North Island allows you to explore mountains, lakes, mud pools, and hot springs, all from a base haven of outdoor luxury.

With so many incredible glamping sites to choose from, one trip just won’t be enough! Here are our picks for just some of the best glamping spots on the North Island.

Clifton Glamping – Hawke’s Bay

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Enjoy a 5-star North Island glamping spot where rolling hills meet the Pacific Ocean at Clifton Glamping. Swim in the fresh waters of the Maraetotara River, then relax on the deck and admire the sea views, or slide into a hot outdoor bath. Use the kitchen and barbeque, or enjoy a chef-prepared meal. Help yourself to locally-sourced fresh bread, muesli, and marshmallows.

Waipu Glamping Getaway – Northland

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Sleep under the stars in a cosy two-bedroom bell tent at one of the few children and pet-friendly North Island NZ glamping spots. Explore beautiful beaches and swimming holes at Bream Bay and Mangawhai Heads. Then, soak in your outdoor bath, get the whole family involved in board games or huddle before the pot belly fire – perfect for toasting marshmallows. Ask your lovely hosts to prepare a mouth-watering antipasto platter or home-cooked breakfast.

Twisted Twig Glamping – Rotorua

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For a unique experience of glamping on the North Island, visit Twisted Twig Glamping. Sleep in a double-storey luxury safari tent nestled amongst pristine native bush. Two outdoor bathtubs look out over the trees for an incredible forest canopy camping experience. Fresh flowers, freshly baked bread and cookies, and homemade bath salts welcome your arrival. While you’re in Rotorua, head to the Skyline Gondola for incredible views over the town and then sneak in some adrenaline-pumping Luge action. Make sure you celebrate the end of the day with a glass of bubbly at the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar.

Te Awa Glamping – Whanganui

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Te Awa Glamping lies on a lower North Island family farm. Enjoy a welcome hamper and a locally-sourced breakfast. Tents feature a modern kitchen, fireplace, comfortable bed, dining area, sofa and private bathroom. If you’re up for an adventure, go mountain biking or skiing. At your private beach, go fishing or canoeing to the nearby cafe. Wind up the night with a relaxing outdoor bath.

Castaways Resort Glam Camping – Auckland

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Glam Camping at Castaways Resort offers luxury glamping in secluded picturesque surroundings. The specially designed solar-powered luxury tents include a comfy bed, stereo, coffee machine, refrigerator and BBQ facilities.

Rhino’s Retreat – Northland

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Rhino’s retreat offers accommodation ideal for a romantic getaway on the North Island of New Zealand. Bush walks allow you to explore the natural wonders on the property. Sip your morning coffee and soak up the views on your patio. Kemp House and the historic Stone Store are just 10 km away.

Orchard Valley Glamping – Waikato

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If this is your first glamping experience in New Zealand, you’ll love this eco-friendly accommodation. Unwind in a spacious safari tent accommodating up to four people, equipped with a lounge and indoor gas fireplace. You’ll find fresh local produce and a deluxe s’mores kit in the outdoor kitchen. The separate bathroom features an indoor rain shower, or you can slide into the outdoor wood-fired hot tub.

MountViews Glamping – Taupo

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MountViews Glamping sits on a New Zealand working farm where you can enjoy stunning views, outdoor hot showers, a fire pit, and friendly farm animals. Guests receive complimentary bubbly, hot water bottles, and a continental breakfast. Spend time in the shared swimming pool or hot spring bath with epic views of the surrounding mountains, or chill out in the games room. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a road trip to the spectacular Tongariro National Park.

Luxury Escapes – Coromandel

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Coromandel Luxury Escapes is one of the most unique North Island destinations from which to explore the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. In the tent, you’ll find a fully-equipped kitchen, an oil heater, and power sockets. The large outdoor deck connects the glamping tent with the bathroom facilities, which include a private hot shower and toilet. Join a personal tour of pristine beaches or a fishing charter before sliding into the private outdoor bathtub and later sinking into the soft, king-size bed.

Oakridge Glamping – Rotorua

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Oakridge Glamping Hotel in Rotorua, New Zealand, is a 1-bedroom luxury tented camp with a separate toilet, shower, and kitchen. Dine outside on the sun-drenched deck overlooking rolling, grassy farmland. Retire inside to sit by the large open fireplace or slip into the spa pool.

Manutuke Eco Retreat – Gisborne

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This luxury New Zealand eco-retreat lies on the edge of a wetland lake on the east coast of the North Island. This romantic glamping accommodation includes a large safari and bell tent with a queen-size bed and plenty of room for relaxation. Chill out with your latest read in the hammock or on the comfy outdoor beanbags. Explore the walking tracks or launch paddleboards for a tranquil paddle around the lake. Soak up the spectacular views from the clawfoot bath on the private deck.

Waitomo Hilltop Glamping – King Country

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Waitomo Hilltop Glamping is an off-the-grid North Island New Zealand experience perched atop a hill with 360° views over the countryside. The luxuriously furnished safari tent features an ensuite bathroom and a separate kitchen with a stone pizza oven, complimentary eggs, homemade bread, and milk. Marvel in the panoramic views from the outdoor baths and toast marshmallows in front of the fire.

Discover More Incredible Things to See and Do with Skyline

Ready for the ultimate glamping experience on the North Island of New Zealand? How about an epic road trip from Wellington to Rotorua? Check out our favourite glamping campsites in Rotorua and browse for more fantastic New Zealand holiday ideas in our Skyline blog.


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