You will love canopy glamping inside our luxury safari tent, newly built in 2017. Glamping comes from ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’. There is glamour of course, in the comfort of a fully fitted bathroom and comfortable bed, but there are still all of the enjoyable elements of camping which are often the best parts of the holiday, like sitting under the stars and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. Glamping is all about the experience. A combination of comfort and adventure. A way to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors without sacrificing creature comforts.
Waitomo Hilltop Glamping is situated on a 700 hectare, third generation family farm. From the site you'll see plenty of sheep and cows, and at the right time of year, lambs frolicking around the fields. You may also see wild goats, deer, turkeys and a gorgeous range of native birds such as wood pigeons, tui, kingfisher and fantails.
The glamp's safari tent is located on top of a hill with expansive views in every direction. Enjoy the views of farmland and wildlife whilst creating a culinary masterpiece in the pizza oven, gathering around the outdoor fire, or perhaps taking a dip in the outdoor baths.
Our safari tent was custom made in South Africa, world experts in safari tent making. Insulated for added warmth in the cooler months, the tent is fitted with curtains, fly nets, and large windows so you can still enjoy views while inside. The tent has two rooms, a main living and sleeping room and a bathroom with a flushing toilet, full shower and basin. The en suite bathroom is equipped with plenty of eco friendly toiletries for your use, including soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. In short, everything you’d expect from top boutique hotels but with the added bonus of being so close to nature.
The bed is as comfortable as can be. It is comprised of: a queen size mattress by Koala, 100% wool underlay, 100% cotton mattress protector, Hungarian goose down pillows and duvet, and 100% linen sheets, pillow and duvet covers. The thick, fluffy towels are Egyptian cotton.
The kitchen features a Buschbeck bbq and pizza oven, as well as gas hob to cook on. You're also welcome to cook over the firepit, or use the complimentary s'mores kit for an indulgent treat.
WHAT TO BRING
There is no electricty at Waitomo Hilltop Glamping. The water in the bathroom, kitchen and outdoor baths are heated by gas. Please be aware there is mobile phone and 4G coverage, however as there is no power you will not be able to recharge your devices once they are out of battery.
All bedding, towels, and eco-friendly toiletries (hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper) are provided. Cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid and paper towels are provided.
The kitchen features a few complimentary items - fresh organic herbs (basil, parsley, thyme, coriander, rosemary and mint), marshmallows and biscuits (for toasting on the firepit), butter, 750ml milk (Puhoi Valley), organic eggs from our farm, and a loaf of homemade bread.
You will need to bring:
Gumboots or walking shoes that you don't mind getting a little muddy, if you plan on doing a farm walk.
Food - Please bring your own food. We have some catering options available at an additional cost.
There is a Buschbeck wood fired bbq with a pizza oven, or a gas hob, and fire pit to cook on. The kitchen also has a chilly bin stocked with ice packs to keep your food cold, crisp and fresh.
Organic eggs from our farm & homemade bread
Outdoor BBQ, pizza oven
& fire pit
Indoor flushing toilet
"We picked the right spot for our first glamping trip. Friendly & helpful host. Peaceful, beautiful location with the most epic 360° view. The tent & site itself was well equipped, beautifully styled & ridiculously comfortable. Lots of extra touches to add to the experience – outdoor baths, s’mores kit, homemade bread, organic eggs + more. My only tip is book in quick" - Tania, from Auckland
"Amazing Location and beautifully set up. So much attention to detail has gone into creating this lovely getaway, it was so nice to get away from the busy world for a night and relax in such a peaceful location! Will be recommending it to everyone!" - Hayley, from Hamilton
"I loved being able to escape life even if it was just one night! You guys literally thought of everything and I couldn’t be more happier to have been one of the first guests to stay there. Wishing you guys the best of luck with all your future clients and plans! Thank you so much!" - Jenna from Whakatane