BE AT ONE WITH NATURE
If it’s time to power down your devices and get some well-deserved R&R, the Bay of Plenty has all the natural goodness you need.
Be inspired by our gorgeous glamping and tech-free boltholes designed to leave you restored and reconnected with nature.
Ataahua is nestled on the shores of the beautiful Ohiwa Harbour (20 minutes from Whakatāne) on a peaceful spot on 14 acres of harbourside, bush-covered land.
A large luxury canvas tent, complete with wood-burner, has a glass sliding door allowing uninterrupted views of Ohiwa Harbour to Ōhope Spit from inside the tent. You can watch the changing tides and sun glimmer off the water from the comfort of your bed. A luxurious outdoor bath is carefully positioned with views out to the harbour.
This organic property is home to an abundance of native birds, so you’ll hear the beautiful sound of bird song during your stay.
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OLD COACH OASIS
The rustic and romantic beauty of Old Coach Oasis is an excellent spot to base yourself when exploring the Bay of Plenty region. Spend the night in a luxurious glamping tent, relax in the outdoor claw foot bath and take in the stunning views. Totally off-the-grid and set in an organic orchard, this private spot includes hot and cold running water, a full gas oven, and a BBQ so you can relax in style and comfort. Old Coach Oasis is wonderful for couples, but it also has a gypsy caravan that can be booked with the tent if you’d like to visit with friends.
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WHAKATAU RAINFOREST RETREAT
Set deep in Te Urewera forest, the Whakatau Rainforest Retreat is one of the most secluded and special glamping retreats in the Bay of Plenty. Apart from the showers and toilet, the retreat is open air, with no physical walls to disrupt your connection with the environment. You’ll find comfortable cooking and sleeping quarters – but no cellphone coverage or internet. And the stargazing under the wide Te Urewera skies is unbeatable. The camp can be self-catering, or you can select the Manaaki package that includes a local to host you and provide and cook meals.
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Just 15 minutes’ drive from Tauranga is Phoenix Valley, a luxury camp nestled in a fir tree forest. Relax in the outdoor shower or bath set into the trees and drink the water harnessed from the spring’s cliffs – crystal clear and delicious. Fall asleep immersed in nature and wake up to the sounds of the nearby river and abundant natural bird life. Phoenix Valley has all the amenities for a fully self-catered stay so you can make the most of this natural wonderland. Explore the nearby bush walks, swimming hole and glowworm caves in this little pocket of pure tranquillity.
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THE COB COTTAGE
Sleep as our ancient ancestors once did, completely immersed in nature. This charming, organic building has been lovingly created using a mix of clay, sand and straw. This ancient, natural method of building is called 'cob' and has incredible thermal properties – soaking up sunlight in the walls during the day and slowing releasing the heat. This keeps the inside of the building warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Set high on the Pāpāmoa Hills, the views from the campsite are stunning. At night, spark up the brazier and toast some marshmallows over the fire or relax in the outdoor bath.
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