What? How much am I spending in the tent?
Let me take you into the world of glamor, or glamorous camping. Some people don’t really understand what it is. I’ve heard people describe it as “enhanced camping” or even “grandma camping”.
In recent years, flashbacks have taken the housing world by storm. Extensive tents have opened in remote locations with all the amenities of a luxury hotel. Well, that’s the plan, anyway.
* Everyone on board at Rockwood Station: Luxury glaming in the train carriage.
* Indo Kiwi: The only Bali escape from New Zealand’s secret adults.
* Nest Tree House: The only luxury tree house for new South Island adults.
It’s a strange time when I visited a place that is cold, juicy and miserable – where I became an honorary blood donor to the mosquito population. And then came the time when the composting toilet didn’t work. That’s enough. You never read about them because I never recommended them.
However, I recently had a great night at a glittering retreat, it was like a five star hotel with all the comforts of being in the middle of a remote farm. I will be allowed to take you back for a few months.
We took a short drive from Ahori / Napier to Cape Kidnappers’ base, where a grand gate blocked all traffic. Lucia Gordon, one of the owners, is waiting, and we follow her through the doors, along a winding road where our tent (one of two on the farm) is waiting.
The 800-hectare Clifton Station is one of the oldest working farms in the country and has been in the family for six generations. The Gordon family comes up with innovative ways to use their land, such as growing trees for carbon farming. One of his recent plans is to introduce glamor in the property.
On arrival, it is like walking into a luxury hotel room. However, it has only thin walls.
The internal fire is already raging, making it extremely comfortable. Inside the tent are fresh flowers and plants, as well as rattan chandeliers, a large closet for storing your belongings. And for the morning, homemade mussels, fresh bread, and other locally sourced items await you in the kitchen. It feels like an emperor’s tent. But here, all I need is a night without a digital device. Which we can all probably do more.
It shines for those who do not want to sacrifice peace. It has a flush toilet, and you can order a delicious dinner platter to make dinner easier.
Four great wineries are five minutes away, but Clifton Glamping has done it all so well you won’t want to give up. And local wine can be found in the refrigerator just a few steps away.
So, have a drink with the fire, take an outdoor bath under the stars, then go to bed very soft at night, sleep on the rustle of the trees.
Or, if you are lucky enough, it may rain. The sound of a storm in a comfortable tent with a glow of fire is one of the greatest joys of life. And yes, sleep is a must here. This is the way of the emperor.
Getting there: Clifton Glamping is five minutes from T’owanga and 20 minutes from Ahuri / Napier. Air New Zealand flies to Napier with home network connections from Timaki Makurao / Auckland, T. Wanganoi-A-Tara / Wellington and Ottawa / Christchurch. View: airnz.co.nz. Origin Air flies from Karikero / Hamilton, Wakati / Nelson and T-Papa-O-E / Palmerston North. View: originair.co.nz
stay there: With at least two overnight stays, $ 350 a night, grazing boards start at $ 120. View: cliftonglamping.co.nz
Stay safe: New Zealand is currently subject to 19 restrictions. Follow the instructions on covid19.govt.nz.
Carbon effects: Flying produces carbon emissions. To offset your carbon emissions. airnewzealand.co.nz/sustainability-customer-carbon-offset
The author’s visit was supported by Hawke’s Bay New Zealand.