You’re an outdoorsy person. You love getting close to nature, feeling the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair. But you don’t want to give up all the comforts of home either. What do you do?

You go glamping! Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s a way to enjoy the great outdoors while sleeping under the stars, and Auckland has some amazing spots. But where should you go?

To help make your decision, we’ve put together a list of the 12 best glamping spots in Auckland. Whether you’re looking for stunning ocean views or want to be surrounded by nature, Auckland has the perfect glamping spot for you.

Let’s take a look, shall we?


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Castaways Resort

Perched on the rugged cliffs of Karioitahi Beach on the west coast of Auckland, New Zealand, Castaways Resort is an ideal place for those who want to get away from it all. With its spectacular ocean views, private beach access and tranquil surroundings, this is the ultimate destination to recharge and relax while still being close to nature.

The resort has various accommodations, from glamping studios and chalets to more luxurious villas. There’s also a Castaways Restaurant & Bar on-site and a blissful spa at Bersantai Day Spa, making it the perfect place to unwind and relax.

One of the highlights of Castaways Resort is its on-site adventures. There are various activities available, from archery, combat arrow tag and clay target shooting to frisbee golf and volleyball.

For nature lovers, you can’t go past Kiroitahi Beach. It’s a beautiful spot for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and walking. Waiuku Forest is also nearby and is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike.

Whether you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life or want to spend some quality time with nature, Castaways Resort is the perfect place for you. Book your stay today and get lost in the beauty of Auckland.

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Slipper Island

Own your freedom and be surrounded by natural beauty on Slipper Island, a small private island off the coast of the Pauanui in New Zealand. With 224 hectares of diverse landscape, Slipper Island is a nature lover’s paradise.

Only accessible by a private boat, glamping on Slipper Island is the perfect escapade from the daily grind. There is a range of different accommodation options available, from safari-inspired tents to self-contained chalets.

Complete with a private ensuite toilet, large BBQ, well-equipped kitchen, and stunning ocean views, each accommodation has been designed to allow guests to experience the natural beauty of the island while still being close to all the modern conveniences of home.

You can enjoy the day by strolling along the scenic fields and along the seashore. Take in the breathtaking panorama of the Alderman islands from the hilltop vantage point. Stress will melt away in the face of the breathtaking ocean panorama. When you have some time, swing by their mini zoo and meet their friendly alpacas and Peppa the pig.

At night, be mesmerised by the beauty of the milky way or open up the tent and spend the night under the stars. Whatever you choose to do, Slipper Island is the perfect place to replenish your soul and get back to nature.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your stay today and experience the magic of Slipper Island for yourself.

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Ngarunui surfers beach, near Raglan, Waikato, New Zealand


Let your soul escape from the day-to-day grind at Solscape, a sustainably-operated eco retreat in Raglan on the west coast of New Zealand. Surrounded by stunning native bush and just minutes from some of the best surf beaches in the world, this is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and unwind.

Offering a range of different accommodation options, from self-contained options to shared facilities. For self-contained, there are two options available: the beautiful Summer Studio and the classic Overlander Train Carriage. Both have stunning views of the bush and come complete with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay.

Shared facilities include the Garden Belles, Earth Domes, and Cabooses. The Garden Belles are beautifully-decorated tipis that can sleep up to five people, while the Earth Domes are perfect for couples or solo travellers. The Cabooses are former railway carriages that have been converted into cosy shared accommodations.

No matter which option you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning natural surroundings and take part in the many different activities on offer. Here, you can go for a wood-fired sauna, connect with your inner zen at the yoga studio, or experience true bliss with a massage. You can even add a surf lesson to your stay to make the most of being so close to the beach.

With so much on offer, Solscape is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and connect with nature. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay today and let Solscape whisk you away to a world of peace and relaxation.

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Fossil Bay Lodge

Want to experience glamping on Waiheke Island? For those who seek a healthy mix of luxury and nature, Fossil Bay Lodge is the perfect destination to experience all that this stunning island has to offer.

Situated near Big Oneroa beach, this luxury glamping site offers breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf. With only five Lotus Belle tents available (two small and three large), this is the perfect place to slip away from the stress of daily life and enjoy some time in nature.

Each tent is furnished with a comfy queen-size bed, carpeted flooring, bedside tables, battery packs to charge phones, hanging space, and chairs. Even better, private ensuite bathrooms are available for each tent, complete with a flushing toilet, rain head showers, hot water, mirror and sink. Free high-speed wifi, bedding, and towels are also provided.

When you’re not relaxing in your tent, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take a swim on the nearby Oneroa beach, appreciate art at the Perpetual Guardian Sculpture on the Gulf, or enjoy a musical ensemble concert at Whittakers Musical Museum. If you’re feeling active, there are plenty of walks and hikes to explore on the island.

For those who want to enjoy a glamping stay experience like no other, Fossil Bay Lodge is the perfect place to stay. Book your stay and get ready to relax and recharge in this stunning setting.

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Aotearoa Surf Eco Pods & Glamping

Love surfing and glamping? Then why not combine the two at Aotearoa Surf Eco Pods & Glamping, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds in one stunning location?

Located in beautiful Northern Auckland, this unique glamping spot offers a range of eco-friendly pods that have been designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. Two different types of accommodations are available: private pod and private tent.

For a private pod, you can choose from The Pacific, The Barrier, or The Heads (perfect for a family of 4), while for a private tent, there are 3 different sizes to choose from Kentia Glamping Teepee, Nikau Glamping Teepee, or Fern Glamping Teepee Bay.

All the accommodations are designed with meticulous attention to detail and are complete with everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. From cosy beds and bedding to private bathrooms and kitchens, you’ll have everything you need to relax and unwind in style.

When you’re not relaxing in your accommodations, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take a surf lesson, play beach volleyball, go for private winery tours, relax in the blissful Aotearoa Spa, or explore the beautiful surroundings.

For those who want to surf, relax, and connect with nature, Aotearoa Surf Eco Pods & Glamping is the perfect place to stay. Book your stay today and get ready to experience the best of both worlds.

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Nikau Sanctuary

Imagine waking up to the sound of birds chirping and the sun shining through the trees. As you step outside, you’re greeted by fresh air and stunning views of the native bush. This is what a stay at Nikau Sanctuary is all about.

This luxury yurt glamping experience is located in the heart of New Zealand’s native bush, just 2 hours from Auckland. Set on 2 acres of private land, Nikau Sanctuary offers stunning views of the valley and surrounding mountains.

With only one luxury yurt on the property, you’ll be able to enjoy complete peace and privacy during your stay. The yurt is complete with a cosy queen-size bed covered in high-quality bed linens, electric blankets, underheating floor for those cold winter nights, a private bathroom with a flushing toilet and hot shower, an outdoor BBQ, and a private covered deck. There’s also a self-contained kitchenette equipped with a microwave, fridge, cooktop, cutlery and basic ingredients.

When you’re not relaxing in your yurt, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take bush walks, enjoy an outdoor spa bath, or loosen up with a pleasurable massage. You can also go to nearby attractions, such as Raglan Rock, Wildcoast Horse Treks, and Raglan Watersports.

Inspired by the traditional Mongolian yurt, your stay at Nikau Sanctuary will be one of your unforgettable glamping experiences near Auckland. Book your stay today and get ready to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature.

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Panoramic View of Campbells Beach Matakana, Tawharanui Peninsula, Auckland New Zealand


Unplug, unwind, and reconnect with nature at Tepee, a secluded glamping experience located on the Matakana Coast. Nestled in a peaceful valley surrounded by native bush, this unique glamping spot offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. With only 3 teepees on the property, you’ll be able to enjoy complete peace and privacy during your stay.

Each off-grid tepee glamping tent comes with comfortable beds, high-quality bed linens, and a private balcony with deck chairs. Guests also have access to a shared outdoor space, which includes a fire pit and picnic table.

In less than minutes, you can enjoy the pristine Omaha beach, go for a wide range of watersports or explore the many wineries in the area. There’s also a variety of restaurants and cafes nearby, making it easy to grab a bite to eat.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly vacation, Tepee has something for everyone. Book your stay today and relax in nature’s playground.

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Wainamu Luxury Tents

Embrace the outdoors and enjoy a unique glamping experience at Wainamu Luxury Tents. Located in the beautiful Bethells Beach, this unique glamping spot offers stunning views of the Tasman Sea. With only 3 campsites on the property, you’ll be able to enjoy complete serenity and privacy during your stay.

Each campsite comes with a traditional Maori whare-style tent, complete with all the comforts of home. These include a huge luxurious bed covered in velvety floral quilts and pillows made by New Zealand makers, sheepskin rugs adorn in recycled wooden floors, a sofa with crocheted throws and woollen blanks for chilly evenings, and a tent porch surrounded by lush bush and bird song. You’ll also have access to an outdoor bath & shower, an outdoor kitchen, a stocked pantry, a 90L chilly bin for ice and a fire pit.

When you’re not relaxing in your tent, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Take a bush walk, enjoy the seasonal picnic locations, or swim at one of the many beaches nearby. After dinner, you can soak in a cast-iron tub while watching the night sky darken outside your window, and the birds sing.

Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family looking for an adventure, or friends looking for a unique experience, Wainamu Luxury Tents has something for everyone. Book your stay today and appreciate the beauty of nature.

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Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand

Wharekawa Farm

Wharekawa Farm is an idyllic campsite located 2 hours away from Auckland and just 15 minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Whangamata on the Coromandel Peninsula. Set beneath the shade of an ancient pohutukawa tree, this campsite includes a cosy Shepherd’s Hut as well as an outdoor kitchen and bathroom, both covered for your convenience.

The hut offers stunning views of the Wharekawa estuary and ocean, which you can admire from our chicly decorated, airy, and spacious windows. This is glamping at its best, with every detail considered to ensure your comfort.

The land is breathtaking, with 125 acres of a combination of native bush and green pastures. A beautiful 1km estuary walk goes through a mesmerizing pohutukawa forest. And if you’re looking for stunning white sand beaches, Mao Mao Bay private beach can be accessed via a short bush track and steps from the property. Finally, the walk up to the pa site located at the edge of the property comes with sensational ocean views as its cherry on top.

Not only will you be able to explore the surrounding property, but they also provide kayaks and boogie boards for your entertainment! And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can cross the river and ride the surf at Opoutere Beach.

In the evening, relax in outdoor baths while taking in the stunning view and all of the stars above. You’ll fall asleep to the soothing sound of ocean waves crashing – and wake up refreshed to a beautiful sunrise.

Glamping at Wharekawa Farm is an experience you’ll never forget. Book your stay today and prepare to be blown away by the natural beauty of this place.

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Maunga Iti

Maunga Iti, which translates to “little hills” in Te Reo Mori, is a sizable wilderness area inland from the breathtaking Tutukaka coast. This exquisite slice of New Zealand is a little under three hour drive from Auckland, making it the ideal getaway for city dwellers in need of some R&R.

The luxury tent is thoughtfully placed on the top of a small hill, granting visitors majestic views of the ocean and nearby islands through the expansive bushes. The interior features hand-crafted furniture as well as a queen bed with soft Egyptian cotton sheets and natural bedding materials. You can enjoy a warm and comfortable space with a wood-burning tent stove. The back of the tent provides easy access to your private bathroom and camp kitchen, both with hot tap water.

A bathtub is set at the front of the deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Hen and Chicken Islands. At night, toast marshmallows over a brazier fire while sipping wine. Or, on warm nights, sleep with the tent open to view the moonlight reflecting off the ocean.

Whatever your style, Maunga Iti will offer you a memorable experience. Book your stay today and get ready to relax in luxury.

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Highfield Forest Retreat

Looking for an intimate and secluded camping experience? Then look no further than Highfield Forest Retreat, a family-run campsite on the dense Kauri Coast – 2.5 hours north of Auckland.

This is a true camping experience, with basic but comfortable facilities in the midst of some of New Zealand’s most pristine and untouched wilderness. The campsite is secluded and dappled with sunlight, set in a beautiful glade of mature native forest on the edge of Highfield Farm. A large, luxurious tent is accompanied by an old kauri hut providing all the comforts, including a charming kitchen and dining area, as well as a place to lounge.

Furthermore, there is also a boardwalk connecting the two through tall bushes typical of New Zealand’s enchanting scenery. And if that isn’t enough to satiate your senses, only a short walk from the site sits an outdoor bath in its rocky grotto, just waiting to be used while surrounded by lush greenery.

As you relax in the outdoor bath, you can enjoy watching native birds like tui, tomtits, grey warbler, and native pigeon fly around the campsite. You’ll also be able to see a stream peacefully making its way through some nearby bushes. At night, hear the calming sound of water trickling over rocks as well as morepork calling from treetops. If you’re lucky enough, you might even hear a kiwi call from within the bushes!

Indulging in such a peaceful and calming experience is easy at Highfield Forest Retreat. Book your stay today and get ready to unwind in nature.

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Magic Cottages

Last but not least is Magic Cottages, an award-winning luxury situated on the stunning Takou River – one of the Top Ten Luxury Lodges in New Zealand.

Designed exclusively for couples, Magic Cottages is a wonderful place to unwind and reenergize, with its five acres of subtropical gardens, glow worms, native bush and bird life and swimming holes on 150 acres of certified organic grassland.

The 7 boutique self-catering cottages are spread out among 5 acres of lush, sub-tropical gardens beside the river and across the rest of the farm’s 150 acres, making for a luxurious and environmentally conscious getaway.

Indulge yourself completely and look through their luxury packages designed to help you unwind, revitalise, and pamper. Relax by the fire, rejuvenate in a spa bath, romance under the stars in an alfresco claw-foot bath shaded by ancient Pohutukawa trees, or pamper yourself with one of their unique spa treatments.

From the deck of your magnificent white Safari-inspired tent, you can relish in views of the river and stars. The tent is set on a permanent timber floor with comfortable furniture and a lovely vintage-styled bathroom and kitchen complete with hot running water and a steaming shower. You’ll adore waking up to the sunshine over the river while hearing birds sing and fish splash in the water below.

This is a glamping experience like no other–luxurious, comfortable, and convenient. No need to pitch a tent or unpack loads of gear. Just come and enjoy! Book your stay now and startle your senses with the natural beauty and magic of Takou River.

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Final Thoughts

Auckland is fantastic for glamping because of its unique location and variety of landscapes. With so many incredible spots to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And what could be better than spending a few nights under the stars in one of Auckland’s most beautiful locations? So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable experience at one of these top 12 glamping spots in Auckland.

If you need a hand booking any of these glamping sites or hiring a campervan for your journey, Travellers Autobarn is here to help. We offer a range of campervans for hire and all the necessary gear and accessories to complete your trip. So why not get in touch with us today and start planning your Auckland glamping adventure!

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Read our Best Glamping Spots in New Zealand blog article for more information about other glamping locations in New Zealand!

About the Author

Bastian Graf

Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.

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