On your next South Island holiday surround yourself with the beauty of nature and go Glamping in Wanaka and Lake Hawea. These awesome nature retreats are fun for everyone from honeymooning couples to families to big groups. Read on to discover cosy and stylish yurts, rustic safari tents, big luxurious bell tents, and even tiny houses all set in country and forest environments. So let’s step off the beaten path and experience these unforgettable glamping experiences…
1. Oasis Yurt Lodge – Glamping in Wanaka
Best for: Wood-fired Hot Tub, Tipi, Central Lodge with High End Kitchen and Dining, Couples, Friends, Families, Groups
Fun, spacious yurts for holidays, events, weekends and just a great place to get away from it all. At Oasis Yurt Lodge you’re only 5 minutes drive to Wanaka and restaurants, bars, shops and wineries. But you’re far enough away to enjoy the tranquility and bright stars at night – especially sitting in the hot tub with a glass of wine!
Each yurt at this glamping in Wanaka option is beautifully furnished with wool bedding, linen and a log burner for snuggling up in winter. The central wooden-beamed lodge has premium kitchen appliances, sofas and dining, while the central shared bathrooms have eco-friendly products and luxury towels. Games, books and puzzles are available for the kids. Your hosts have thought of everything at this amazing glamping in Wanaka destination!
Good to Know:
- Yurts accommodate up to four guests
- Shared kitchen, picnic area, BBQ
- Free WIFI and Free Parking on site
- Wheelchair accessible yurt accommodation and facilities
- Check prices and availability at Oasis Yurt Lodge
2. The Camp – Lake Hawea
Best for: Big Camp with Lots of Glamping Options, Bike Trails, Kayaking, Swimming, Couples, Friends, Families, Groups
This is quintessential quirky kiwi camping at its best! The Camp – Lake Hawea is beautifully positioned to experience the great outdoors with forest, lake and friendly campers. The camp is laid out in a way that you can meet and hang out with your camping neighbours or hide away in your glamping village in the forest.
With a fabulous selection of bell tents, safari tents, Denver tents, tiny houses, quirky cabins and 2 and 3-bedroom cottages overlooking lovely Lake Hawea, there’s options for all groups, couples, friends and families. There’s camping and powered sites so you can also bring your own tent or camper van.
Location. The view was surreal. The staff were super friendly.Happy Guest
Go Lake Hawea Glamping!
The Hideaway – Safari Tent: This cool rustic tent has bedding for 2 adults and 2 children. The queen-size bed is a four-poster, the tent has a deck with cape cod chairs, BBQ, and the vest view on the lake. For extra guests hire a tipi.
Denver Cover – Denver Tent Village: The glamping tents in this village are stylishly furnished with king-size beds, warm blankets, cape cod chairs, charging stations, and glampers get to share a kitchen mess tent and fire pit.
Bell Rise – Bell Tent Village. You’ll find 5 metre bell tents in this village. 5 with queen-size beds and 2 with king-size bed. All come with linen and towels, comfy warm blankets and gorgeous natural furnishings. Access to Mess Tent with small kitchen and dining, shared fire pit and brazier.
Enjoy swimming, paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing and walking through the forest. Biking and hiking trails in this area include the Hawea River Track – this is Lake Hawea to Wanaka, Deans Bank (a loop track on the upper slopes of the Clutha River), Isthmus Peak (1011 metres), Hawea School Track, and Breast Hill (part of the Te Araroa – The Long Pathway track that extends the length of New Zealand).
Good to Know:
- Glamping season is 1 October to 30 April
- All have access to shared camp kitchens, bathrooms, laundry
- Tipis can be hired if you have extra guests
- In holiday seasons a food truck is parked on site
- Staff can book local tours for you, e.g. Lake trip to Pigeon Island and wine tasting
- Check prices and availability at The Camp – Lake Hawea
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article with some great spots to embrace nature at the Best Glamping in Wanaka and Lake Hawea.