There aren’t many better places on the planet to go glamping than on the South Island of New Zealand. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway with comfy beds, or you’re outdoor enthusiasts looking for your next adventure at a national park – there is something for everyone.

Boasting snowy mountains across the southern alps, deserted beaches, picturesque lakes, and rolling landscape, there are plenty of glamping spots for you to explore.

Let’s jump into the best glamping spots on New Zealand’s south island.

Quick links:

  1. Glam Camping, Queenstown
  2. Remarkables Glamping, Queenstown
  3. Valley Views Glamping, Otiake
  4. Lake Stella Mountain Huts
  5. Pepin Island Cabins
  6. Manakau PurePod
  7. Lavericks Bay Beach Cabins
  8. Akaroa Glamping


Lake Moke near Queenstown, New Zealand

Glam Camping, Queenstown

Located just a 20-minute drive from the centre of Queenstown, Glam Camping is located on the beautiful Moke Lake and at the bottom of Moke Lake Hill.

The off-grid and eco-friendly glamping domes are in the perfect location and are surrounded by natural beauty for you to explore. Whether you enjoy hikes or just relaxing, there are plenty of activities for you to do including horse treks, yoga, and wine tasting.

Whilst Glam Camping isn’t on the cheaper side, it’s the perfect place to spend during your time in Queenstown.

Check out Glam Camping for a luxurious stay and to experience off-the-grid living.


  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Walking tracks
  • Gas cooker and Weber BBQ


Queenstown, New Zealand

Remarkables Glamping, Queenstown

Located just a short distance from Queenstown Airport, Remarkable’s Glamping offers a secure and rural location with views of the Remarkables and Queenstown.

The campsite is the perfect place to wake up to mountain views and fresh air. During your stay there are plenty of hikes and open land for you to explore, not to mention Queenstown’s famous ski slopes.

As part of your stay and for $270 per night, you’ll get free breakfast, access to a hot shower, flushing toilets, and cooking facilities.

Check out Remarkables Glamping for fresh air and skiing options.


  • Outdoor kitchen and picnic area with outdoor seating
  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Walking tracks
  • Bikes and picnic accessories


Campervan on the road in New Zealand

Valley Views Glamping, Otiake

Located in the beautiful South Island Countryside, Valley Views Glamping is a 35 minute drive from Mount Kurow and just a short drive to Kurow river.

This wonderful glamping spot is located perfectly on the hill with open views of Mount Domet offering a peaceful and tranquil location to spend the evening. You’ll have 7 domes to choose from offering different views and ways to experience the valley.

You won’t be short of activities here, the nearby rivers offer boating, sailing, and fishing (trout, salmon, and fly fishing) whilst the surrounding areas include a farm, relaxation stations, wineries, and beautiful hiking trails.

Check out Valley Views for mountain views and the South Island countryside.


  • Communal bathrooms
  • Outdoor bathtubs
  • Gas ovens and BBQ’s
  • Small fridge and freezer


Hiking in New Zealand

Lake Stella Mountain Huts

A 2 hour drive north from Christchurch, Lake Stella Mountain Huts offer a quintessential New Zealand experience in the snow. Surrounded by natural beauty and mountains, Lake Stella Mountain Huts is the perfect place to relax.

Choose from a range of huts with different amenities and views of Lake Stella. You’ll have access to Mt Lyford Adventure Park and the old ski basin, the perfect places for hikes and exploring.

Each hut comes with its own wood fired hot tub, private views of the lake and surrounding mountains, and access to a full kitchen, dining area & toilet facilities.

Check out Lake Stella for a beautiful mountain experience and natural beauty.


  • Toilet facilities
  • Outdoor baths
  • WIFI


Sandy Beaches Anchorage Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Pepin Island Cabins

There aren’t many ways to experience Tasman Bay other than staying at Pepin Island Cabins. Located North of the South Island, Pepin Island Cabins offers spectacular views of Tasman Bay and a sheep station, plus short walks to multiple beaches.

There are three private hut stays for you to choose from, each with its own unique experience. There is plenty for you to do on Pepin Island including hiking, kayaking, horse treks, quad biking, and more.

Each hut comes with a self-catered kitchen,  gas cooker, private outdoor shower, and outdoor decking.

Check out Pepin Island for a relaxing stay with plenty to explore.


  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Gas cooker
  • Fresh spring drinking water


Whale watching boat in Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Manakau PurePod

The Manakau PurePod is a 2.5 hour drive north of Christchurch and a 20 minute drive from Kaikoura.

Offering mountain views, bushland, and a secluded location, Manakau PurePod is the perfect way to experience being off-grid. Surrounded by beautiful Kanuka trees and flowers, there is plenty of bush for you to explore.

The luxury pods offer a range of amenities including a kitchen top, BBQ, and a telescope. Be sure to check out the stars at night.


  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Gas cooker and BBQ
  • Tea, coffee, and milk
  • Games, books, and a telescope
Campervan on road surrounded by sheep

Lavericks Bay Beach Cabins

Located 35 minutes from Akaroa, Lavericks Bay Beach Cabins offer a glamping experience set on a sheep and beef farm with access to a private beach.

Overlooking Lavericks Bay and Lavericks Bay Beach, you’ll have plenty to do including, swimming, fishing, relaxing, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

The beach cabins are environmentally friendly with locally sourced kiwi furnishings.

Check out Lavericks Bay Beach Cabins for a secluded and relaxing stay.


  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Gas cooker and Weber BBQ
  • Fridge and freezer


Banks Peninsula, Christchurch, New Zealand

Akaroa Glamping

Just a 5-minute drive outside of Akaroa, Akaroa Glamping offers spectacular views of Takamatua Bay and is just a short trip to the water of Banks Peninsula.

Offering a small and simple tent, you’ll be located by native trees and bush for you to explore. As well as hiking, you’ll have access to the Banks Peninsula where you can kayak, swim with dolphins, and choose from a variety of boat tours. If you’re a foodie, Akaroa is just on your doorstep with a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Your hut will be secluded and has a kitchen, fridge, and gas burner.

Check out Akaroa Glamping for access to water, great food options, and wineries.


  • Hot showers and flushing toilets
  • Outdoor baths
  • Gas cooker

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

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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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