OFF-GRID HOL­I­DAYS

Need to break away from email over­load or con­stant phonecalls? Here are our top three off-grid get­aways

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KAPOWAIRUA (SPIR­ITS BAY)

This gor­geous spot is lo­cated in the north­ern­most part of New Zealand, north of Kaitaia. Turn off SH1 at Waitiki Land­ing onto Te Ha­pua Road and then Spir­its Bay Road, then drive 16km down a gravel road. This camp­site is like some­thing from a post­card, and be­ing close to both the beach and the for­est makes it the per­fect wilder­ness es­cape.

SOLSCAPE

Just a short walk from Manu Bay and Ngarunui Beach in Raglan is Solscape. Tech­ni­cally, you could use your phone here – but we don’t think it would be in the spirit of the place! For some­thing truly se­cluded, go for Tipi For­est. Each tipi tent is nes­tled in the na­tive bush, away from the hus­tle and bus­tle. How dreamy!

WAIKAHOA BAY CAMP­SITE

Lo­cated about 48km north-east of Whangarei with no cell phone cov­er­age, this camp­site is ideal for an off-the-grid get­away. Get­ting there in­volves a wind­ing gravel road and all gear must be car­ried for a steep five-minute walk, but it’s worth it. Set up your tent right by the beach, en­joy the sounds of the waves and birdlife, and take shade un­der the pōhutukawa trees – bliss.

Close to Cape Reinga, Kapowairua is a stun­ning spot.

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