In the ten years that we have spent living in New Zealand, my family and I have never been glamping.
Let’s face it. It’s not the sort of thing you want to do with two kids, is it?
With the kids now old enough to make their own beans on toast, Brian and I decided that it was time to check out what this New Zealand glamping craze was all about.
Get us a little bit of hippy outdoorsy fun.
And while we were there – glamping in New Zealand – we made a podcast episode for you. And wrote a post.
After all; what else would a husband and wife do when they find themselves alone without their kids for the first time in nineteen years??
Glamping in New Zealand
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My family and I have been living in New Zealand for almost a decade. We love it.
I am guessing that if you are also are thinking of making a permanent move to New Zealand (or perhaps planning a future trip down under) then you also love the outdoors.
You are the outdoorsy type.
Hang on. I’m going to take a stab in the dark here…
I’m also thinking that you like a bit of luxury?
I’m thinking that you may have reached an age where your husbands back plays up if he has to sleep on the floor and you would prefer not to hang your hand-washed knickers out on the communal rotary clothesline at the back of the toilet block for all and sundry to gawk at.
If I am right, then try New Zealand glamping.
It will be perfect for you.
Camping in New Zealand
First off, let’s look at one of the major lifestyle activities in New Zealand.
Camping. Everyone’s at it down under. That and rugby.
There are two types of camping in New Zealand.
No, hang on. That’s wrong. There are three. Here they are:
1: Hardcore Camping
Let’s say you make a trip to the beautiful region of Taranaki (do it! I live there and it’s gorgeous) and climb around the mountain for days on end.
You only stop to eat a bit of your dried fig soup and you sleep in your brown hessian sack in one of the DOC mountain huts.
The ones with rock hard beds and corrugated roofs.
This type of camping is totally hardcore. Hardcore is a popular New Zealand slang word meaning that you’re one tough cookie.
You would never, ever complain of the cold because you are the child of a mountain goat and anyway – you’ve done your homework and you know ahead of time the best time to visit New Zealand.
2: Family Camping
We raised our two kids in New Zealand and one of the highlights of their childhood was the yearly camping trip to Blue Lake in Rotorua.
Blue Lake is fabulous. I’d go as far as to say it is one of the most unique travel destinations in the world. I won’t go on about it in this post but if you do come to New Zealand make sure that you go there.
Family camping in New Zealand means tents and toilet blocks. Inflatable bouncy cushions, trampolines, BBQ’s and showers with six-minute timers.
Glamping, on the other hand, is about as far away from family camping as it gets.
Glamping is glamourous camping.
The Google dictionary states that “glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries”.
I wouldn’t call myself a city slicker but let’s run with that term for the sake of argument. Nobody needs to know that in real life I am moaning Minnie reluctant sheep owner who lives under a volcano.
Glamping in The Coromandel, New Zealand
The Coromandel is famous for its pristine white sand beaches, misty forests and super laid-back atmosphere. It is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations and after having spent a week there I can understand why.
Our glamping experience took place in a converted bus in the middle of the Coromandel National Park.
We booked five days away in the beautiful converted gypsy bus in July – just in time for my husband’s birthday.
Yes, he complained that it was the middle of winter and bloody freezing and that he wasn’t too keen on taking an outdoor shower.
But I chose to ignore him.
A birthday surprise is a birthday surprise.
I told him to say thank you and advised him to move on. Or else he could return home to the teenagers and the beans.
The Cost of Glamping in New Zealand
The cost to live in New Zealand is nowhere near as high as most people make it out to be. You just need to know where to shop and what websites to use for holidays.
And get a liking for beans.
We booked our Gypsybus through Airbnb.
If you are new to this international website then use this code when you sign up (you’ll get $25 USD /45NZD off your first booking).
If you would like to see the Gypsy Bus listing on Airbnb then click this link!
How much would you expect to pay?
There are many options when glamping in New Zealand, from staying in a tiny house to stretching out in a yurt.
We chose to stay in a converted bus that was wonderfully cosy and beautifully furnished.
The cost for two people was $100 NZD per night. That’s $65 USD and £52.
This price included all taxes and cleaning.
If you wanted to pay less you could opt for the cute little caravan option that was situated up the hill from where we were.
The caravan is gorgeous – dressed with the same artistic flair as the bus and it has its very own day bed right outside overlooking the most glorious view. Whichever you choose I know that you’ll love it.
It’s impossible not to.
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Glamping in New Zealand Travel Podcast
(What happens on this New Zealand podcast stays on this New Zealand podcast)
In this week’s podcast episode – (brought to you from the inside of a converted bus in the middle of the Coromandel National Park) Brian and I talked about:
🤔 What a typical New Zealand glamping experience looks like.
🤔 The highlights of booking a glamping experience.
🤔 And maybe (if you are like me) the low bits.
🤔 What nobody told us about glamping and why (with hindsight) they forgot to mention it.
🤔 A New Zealand ‘bush bath’. Why it’s divine and why you will love it!
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