The Best Glamping Spots in Rotorua

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Glamping, or glamorous camping, has become a popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a more luxurious and comfortable camping experience.

Rotorua, located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, offers some of the best glamping spots in the country.  In this article, we will explore the rise of glamping in Rotorua, the unique benefits it offers compared to traditional camping, the top glamping locations in the area, as well as the amenities and features of these sites. 

Understanding Glamping: A Luxury Outdoor Experience

Glamping is a concept that combines the beauty of nature with the luxurious amenities and comforts of a hotel.  Gone are the days of uncomfortable sleeping bags and limited facilities.  Glamping allows you to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing comfort and style.  Rotorua, with its stunning landscapes and geothermal wonders, provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable glamping experience.

Glamping sites in Rotorua are equipped with stylish and spacious tents or cabins that provide a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.  The interiors are designed with plush bedding, furniture, and thoughtful decor to create a home-away-from-home experience. 

In addition to the luxurious accommodations, glamping sites in Rotorua offer a range of on-site facilities and services that enhance the overall experience.  From communal kitchens and dining areas to spa facilities and outdoor activities, these sites provide everything you need for a memorable glamping getaway

The Rise of Glamping in Rotorua

Over the past decade, glamping has seen a tremendous surge of interest among travelers seeking unique and immersive experiences. Rotorua, with its rich Maori culture and geothermal activity, has quickly become one of New Zealand's top glamping destinations.  What sets Rotorua apart from other glamping destinations is its unique blend of geothermal wonders and stunning landscapes.  Imagine waking up to the soothing sound of geysers erupting and the fresh scent of sulfur in the air.  Rotorua offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience that is hard to replicate.

Top Glamping Locations in Rotorua:

1.  Lakeside Glamping Sites

Rotorua is famous for its stunning lakes, which provide the perfect setting for lakeside glamping. Imagine waking up to the serene view of Lake Rotorua or Lake Tarawera right outside your tent.  These glamping sites offer a peaceful and picturesque escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Enjoy fishing, kayaking, or simply basking in the beauty of nature as you unwind in your private lakeside retreat.

Kanuka allows you to spend the night under luxury canvas amidst the stunning beauty of Lake Tarawera.  Offering unique and secluded Glamping accommodation, guests access the site is via water taxi or walking track only. 

Set on Māori land, this camping site is surrounded by lush native bush and is designed using elements of Māori culture. 

Jack's Hut is set only minutes away from the edge of Lake Tarawera and 24 minutes from Rotorua.   Jack's Hut is an original South Island shepherd's hut from the 1930s.  Witha creative touch and passion, it's been transformed into an atmospheric getaway that's ideal for two.  The interior of the hut is quaint and cosy, with enough room for a double bed, table, and chairs.  The Double doors open out to the spacious, covered deck and wonderful views.

2.  Forest Glamping Sites

If you're seeking a true immersion in nature, the forest glamping sites in Rotorua are ideal for you.  Set amidst lush greenery and towering trees, these sites offer a tranquil and secluded experience.  Fall asleep to the sounds of birds chirping and wake up to the gentle rustling of leaves.  Explore the forest trails, go bird watching, or simply relax in hammocks nestled among the trees.  Forest glamping allows you to connect with nature in an intimate and enchanting way.
Kokako Retreat is 35 minutes from Rotorua and is designed as a luxurious, off-grid couples glamping escape. The retreat is made up of three unique curved huts which are connected by boardwalks, steps and decks. 

At one end is the bedroom hut, with the kitchen and bathroom hut in the middle, and at the other end, a lounge hut, which can accommodate an extra couple or two children on a fold-out sofa.  The outdoor tub on the deck outside the bedroom hut is perfectly positioned to enjoy the stunning sunsets and sunrises from the elevated position.

Twisted Twig is located halfway between Rotorua and Whakatane, just 45 minutes in each direction.  Concealed within the seclusion of 15 acres of breathtaking native bush, this compact hut is a delightful bush sanctuary.  Inside the hut, there is a queen-sized bed and a comfortable couch to relax. 

Guests can stay warm with both indoor and outdoor fires while an undercover kitchen and dining area have everything you need to cook and savour a delicious alfresco meal.  The bathroom, a few meters away from the hut, includes an outdoor bath, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase 'forest bathing'.

3.  Mountain View Glamping Sites

For those looking for panoramic views and breathtaking landscapes, the mountain view glamping sites in Rotorua are a dream come true. Wake up to the sight of majestic mountains and enjoy a cup of coffee on your private deck as you soak in the beauty of the surroundings. These sites offer a perfect blend of luxury and nature, allowing you to unwind while taking in the awe-inspiring vistas.

Nestled high in the Rotorua hills, Kārearea Nest offers a truly exceptional escape.  With a 5 minute drive from Rotorua, this secluded gem is perched above the Te Pūtake O Tawa Whakarewarewa Mountain Bike Park.  Accessed via the mountain bike car park, getting to the cabin requires a 20-minute uphill ride, a 30-minute walk, or opt for a convenient vehicle transfer for your arrival and departure times. 

With sweeping vistas of Rotorua city, Lake Rotorua, Lake Okareka, and the majestic Mt Tarawera, this glassy retreat is tailor-made for couples, especially those with a passion for mountain biking.  Inside, you'll find all the amenities for a cosy stay while outside, a deck beckons with a hammock and an inviting outdoor bath. 

Treetops is located further away in Taupo but still less than an hour's drive from Rotorua.  The 30m tiny house has been cleverly designed with adjoining living spaces and an expansive deck.  A kitchen, dining and lounge space make up the living area.  The raised seating space faces east with sweeping view across Lake Taupō and to the Kaimanawa Ranges.   The main bedroom has a queen bed and an opening door to the deck, ideal for enjoying the crisp morning air with a hot cuppa.

Best Time to Go Glamping in Rotorua

Rotorua offers year-round glamping opportunities, each season offering its own unique charm. 
  • The summer months, from December to February, provide pleasant weather and longer daylight hours, perfect for outdoor activities. 
  • Autumn, from March to May, is known for its vibrant foliage and mild temperatures. 
  • Winter, from June to August, offers a cozy ambiance and the chance to enjoy hot springs and thermal pools. 
  • Spring, from September to November, brings blooming flowers and refreshing temperatures. Choose the season that best suits your preferences and plan accordingly.

Rotorua Glamping Bookings

With the growing popularity of glamping, it's essential to plan and book your accommodation in advance.  Check out Canopy Glamping  and choose the one that best suits your preferences and budget.  Check availability and make reservations as early as possible to secure your spot.

Enjoy the luxury and comfort of stylish tents and cabins, indulge in on-site facilities and services, and immerse yourself in the unique geothermal wonders of the region. Plan your glamping trip to Rotorua today and experience the best of both worlds - luxury and nature.

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