Waipu Glamping

Nestled in the hills of Waipu lies a slice of paradise that will satiate the soul with tranquility and create magical memories.

Waipu Glamping provides the perfect space to relax and unwind. It is far away from the madding crowd, yet close enough to venture out and enjoy the raft of activities in this beautiful coastal town. The native bush provides an idyllic setting for the sights and sounds of nature; birdsong from kiwi, kereru and tuis and a heavenly canvas of stars at night to enjoy with your partner for a romantic getaway or a holiday for a family - including the dog if you want.

Brian and Barbara knew this location could be a sanctuary, an ideal holiday spot, but hadn’t been able to find the type of accommodation to provide for an experience, as opposed to just somewhere to stay. That was until the fateful Field Days in June 2016 when Barbara saw the Safari tents. 

“I was spellbound. The ambience of the simple, rustic, luxurious tents was enchanting - an impeccable match for what we wanted to offer. I was on a high. No longer the reluctant partner who’d agreed to traipse around a mass of machinery. My head was whirling with ideas to bring our dream to fruition.”

It’s been a real, family affair pulling the project together. Brian and his sons honed their carpentry and electrical skills, building the deck, a separate bathroom,  outside bath and installing solar panels. Barbara has had fun sourcing furnishings to create a homely environment, then has turned her hand to creating a website, marketing, photography and getting to grips with social media, with the help of her daughters. It has been a steep, but rewarding learning curve. 

Now they’re ready. Everything is in place, right down to the small veggie and herb garden next to the tent, so people can pick fresh food. The chickens have their orders to keep laying so there will be a good supply of free-range eggs. Barbara is a bit of a diva in the kitchen too, so you can add on some opulent extras to your stay and ask her to prepare some homemade granola for breakfast, pack a picnic for lunch and/or prepare a platter to savour as you prepare your evening meal. The couple are now looking forward to welcoming guests to breathe life into their dream and create cherished moments. 

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