you ready to pack your most romantic summer frock for a holiday that mixes glamour with camping? For an outdoorsy country like New Zealand, camping is nothing new. But glamping is a different story. The concept of luxury under canvas is fresh to our fields, farms and beaches. For our summer fashion shoot, we pitched a very special tent at Matarangi Beach. Borrowed from Taylor & Bell Tents, it’s a far cry from the temporary structures you’re used to seeing in Kiwi campgrounds. Louise Taylor explains: “My tents are 100% cotton canvas, so they’re 100% natural. When the canvas has been rained on once, the cotton expands around the seams and seals the tent. Water won’t come through – even if you touch the fabric.” Within a glamping tent, there’s plenty of room for style. Forget about the ugly-but-functional camping equipment you’re used to and imagine crafted wooden furniture, rugs, textiles and rustic decorative objets d’art. On a sunny day, the inside of a glamping tent is golden and glowing – a beautiful light for looking your best. Available for hire or sale, Taylor & Bell tents are an elegant way to embrace the gypsy life. You can explore New Zealand cost-effectively, without losing your sense of style. Because glamping isn’t strictly compatible with most motor camps, we think the best way to organise a glamping holiday is to borrow a patch of land. It might be a vacant section in a beautiful spot or a picturesque piece of farm. At a pinch, you could glamp at a friend’s beach house, which would come with the added benefits of access to a proper bathroom and kitchen. Another way to experience glamping is to stay at an established camp. Here in Godzone there are luxury tent resorts at Karioitahi Beach, Kerikeri, Raglan, Otago and Invercargill. And there are numerous other holiday accommodation options that qualify as glamping – yurts, gypsy caravans, tipi and covered wagons. Glamping is well established across the ditch. Many national parks – including Kakadu and Daintree – have aligned glamping with carbon-neutrality to offer the ultimate in sustainable holidays. You can stay in superbly comfortable flash camps – complete with architect-inspired safari tent, king-sized bed, fireplace, rain shower and vintage tin bath – and your carbon footprint will be smaller than small. Some Australian music events, such as the Falls Festival at Byron Bay, have embraced glamping as a way to offer comfort at multi-day Take the ultimate break and unwind in a Mongolian yurt with your own outdoor fire, and stone bath under the stars. Boutique camping at The Round Tent, Raglan www.theroundtent.co.nz festivals. The flash camp music experience can include a private bar and café, toilets, showers, make-up room, massages and Bedouinstyle tent accommodation. Why not take glamping global? From the Glamping Hub website, booking your rustic accommodation is as easy as airbnb. Search by type (tree houses, yurts, tents, campervans, tipis) and by destination. Whether you want to stay in a yurt in Catelonia or a Sioux tipi in upstate New York, the world is your canvas oyster. Of course there’s always the classic glamping holiday, complete with lion and hyena night noises, at a safari camp in South Africa. And if you’re looking for a nuptials concept that breaks new ground, a glamping wedding will have your guests gasping with delight. Simply arrange your flower-decorated tents in a beautiful location, then tie the knot/celebrate/party. Everyone stays for the honeymoon.
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