New Zealand’s best luxury glamping spot
Spending a night in Waitomo’s Hilltop Glamping spot is the perfect way to reset your batteries and unplug from the world. It’s peaceful, tranquil and beautiful. If you’re looking for the best glamping spot in New Zealand, head to Waitomo Hilltop Glamping.
Where is Waitomo Hilltop Glamping?
This glamping spot is located in Hangatiki, just a 12-minute drive from Waitomo village. You’ll be hosted in a safari tent which is situated at the top of a hill with 360-degree views of farmland. This view offers sights of sheep and cows whilst you listen to nothing but the sound of the birds. You can find the exact location here.
Be aware, you need a car to get here unless someone can drop you locally. There’s no public transport to get here and there aren’t any local taxi companies. There is parking at the bottom of the hill where you’ll be picked up at an agreed time. From here you are driven in a 4WD to the top and shown around the amenities.
How much does it cost?
The cost to stay at Waitomo Hilltop Glamping is $410 New Zealand Dollars (NZD) per night for two adults ($250 US dollars/£200). The safari tent can occupy a maximum of four people for an additional $30 NZD per person making the total $470 NZD for four people per night. Both children and dogs aren’t allowed to stay.
How do I book?
The demand is extremely high so I would recommend booking as far in advance as possible. I booked five months in advance and there were only three dates available for the month. You can book on the website directly here or on Airbnb here. But if you’re looking last minute I’ve seen the host post on Instagram when dates are available due to cancellations.
What do they supply?
You’re expected to bring the majority of your food with you however, upon arrival you’ll be treated to the following:
- Fresh homemade bread loaf (the best bread I’ve ever tasted)
- 750ml milk
- A s’mores kit
- A variety of herbs
- Tea, coffee and sugar
- Salt, pepper, oil and flour
- All the kitchen equipment you need to cook meals
- Toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, shampoo and body wash
- Bath bombs for the outside bath and lavender
- Cleaning products
- Bathrobes and towels
- Wood and matches for a fire to cook and roast the s’mores
- A wood fire BBQ, pizza oven, a gas hob, a fire pit
- A chilly bin with ice packs to keep your food and drink fresh
- A torch
- Bug spray
What amenities do they have?
Waitomo Hilltop Glamping has everything you’ll need for your stay including:
- A hot shower
- A flushing toilet
- An extremely comfortable bed
- A sofabed
- A table and chairs outside
- A kitchen area with kettle and cooking utensils
- Fly nets inside the tent
- Woodfire BBQ
- Pizza oven
- A gas hob
- A fire pit
- Large bean bags
What should I bring?
I would recommend bringing what you’d usually bring for an overnight stay including:
- Day clothes
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Underwear and socks
And for staying here, I would say the additionals needed include:
- A camera
- A portable battery which is charged
- Food for meals i.e. cereal, sausages, bacon, ingredients for making a pizza, pasta etc.
- A bottle of wine
- A book/kindle
- A tablet/laptop with a film/tv show to keep you entertained
What can I do at Waitomo Hilltop Glamping?
When staying at Waitomo Hilltop Glamping, there is definitely enough to keep you entertained for an evening or two without leaving the safari site. This includes:
- An onsite massage. You can book this before your arrival. Back, neck and shoulder is $240 NZD per couple and full body is $300 NZD per couple. These last approximately 1 hour each and from experience I can say this is incredible.
- Take a bath! This is the ultimate thing to do at Waitomo Hilltop Glamping. There aren’t many views like this where you can bathe outside.
- Melt the s’mores over a fire
- Read a book
- Stargaze at night
- Watch an offline downloaded film/tv show on a tablet/laptop you bring with you
- Head for a walk. You do have to walk 15 minutes down and back up to the safari tent as you can’t drive so I’d recommend doing this only if you’re staying for more than one night.
- Whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed!
What else can I do in Waitomo?
I’ll be honest, there isn’t a whole lot to be done in Waitomo. It’s not a big city that’s full of restaurants and bars and shops but there are some spectacular things to do whilst you’re staying here. Including a trip to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. We did the Black Abyss 5 hour experience and wow was that water cold! It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’d recommend seeing the glowworms if you can. Other adventure experiences in Waitomo can be found here.