Glamping has changed the Kiwi holiday camping experience forever.
No more counting out the tent pegs to find two are missing, tent poles that will not reach, air mattresses that let you down overnight and groundsheets that are mysteriously wet in the early morning.
Although you may have retained your camp setup expertise from trips with the family as a kid, none of that is necessary when you book a glamping escape in The Coromandel.
What you do get though is all the fun. Cooking outdoors, the smell of barbeque smoke in the evenings, waking with the light and sun showers. Glamping means tranquil spots tucked away in the bush or at the beach, up a river, over the hill. The Coromandel is known for its campgrounds, and many of them have been kiwi family favourites for generations. Some of them have added glamping options to their camp sites and cabins, and there are some new pods that have popped up in some surprising locations.
If you ever dreamed of being a castaway on a tropical island, this is as good as it gets.
A privately-owned island, just off the coast of Tairua and Pauanui, this eco resort is a rare experience. You can hire the entire island for a night or three (there are chalets as well as glamping), and imagine you'll never have to return to the mainland.
Glamping in a vineyard, heaven for wine-lovers. The views from the grassy slopes running down to Cooks Beach and over the Mercury Bay are expansive and stunning. With the Italian-inspired menu from the restaurant (you will discover the true Italian connection), combined with platters of local food to go with tasting flights of the estate's wines, everything is taken care of. And no drive home after dinner.
Close to some of The Coromandel's iconic places, so make it your glamorous base for a laid back romantic getaway.
Well off the beaten track, up Rangihau Road, this could be the perfect base for a day trip up The Pinnacles, or a lazy sojourn beside the river with your own private swimming hole. Guaranteed you will not be disturbed here!
Set on the shore at Kikowhakarere Bay, 5 minutes north of Coromandel Town, the latest addition to this favourite family holiday park are the cute and cosy glamping pods nestled on the beach edge. Amazing views over the bay, with epic sunsets from your room and private deck.
The range of options at the Hot Water Beach park-like campground is impressive. Deluxe chalets, villas, campsites and motorhome parks, all within a hop skip and a jump of the famous beach by the same name. In summer the exotically-shaped glamping tents are great for couples, with plenty of space to chill out alongside the stream. Solar power and fine linen make a luxurious camp combination.