The good things about camping are the being outdoors, simplification of daily routine and sleeping under canvas. Canopy Camping offers all of these without the need for your own camping gear, pitching a tent or sharing a campsite. Remote but accessible, comfortable but unsophisticated, relaxing but with plenty to do.
We stayed three nights at Chattan Farm in the Bay of Plenty, about 40 minutes drive from either Whakatane or Rotorua. The tent is spacious and reassuringly solid, there’s a cute kitchen and shower room with hot water and kerosene lamps for nighttime illumination. A bath under the stars and a composting toilet that doesn’t smell. Nestled in a glade in the bush, the tent is sheltered from the wind and still cool in the heat of the day. Lots of birds, amazing native bush and not too many bugs with a whole farm to explore. Ideal for a couple but the tent can sleep up to five. Leave your Ferrari at home as there’s a drive in across a farm track. Bring your LED head torch for evening navigation. Pack all the food and drinks you’ll want for your stay and cook them up on a gas barbecue or two-burner stove. The cool box kept our chilled comestibles fresh for the whole of our stay.
This site is very new so still smells of freshly milled timber but there are others around the country and I suspect more will pop up over time. Generous and charming rural hosts willing to share their slice of New Zealand with guests from around the country and the globe. I had a good time – can you tell?