Canopy Camping Escapes – New Zealand

Nestled into a sunny spot on a 4,000 acre, South Wairarapa sheep station, you’ll find a private encampment. Catering for a group of up to 9 people from October to April, the campsite consists of two safari-style, luxury tents, an outdoor kitchen and a camp bathroom. Over winter, from May to September, one of the safari tents comes down, and the larger tent with its platform deck and wood burning fire can accommodate up to 5 people for a cosy winter get-away. This is just one campsite in our network of campsites around New Zealand.

Canopy at Kawakawa Station is completely off-the-grid, so has no electric power source. Energy for hot water and cooking is supplied via LPG gas bottles. German Feuerhand lanterns that run on clean-burning clarified paraffin provide lighting.

A wood-burner has been installed in the main tent for cosy Autumn and Winter glamping, or whenever there’s a chilly evening. The camp bathroom has a flushing toilet, sink, a shower and hot water. Cooking is done on a gas BBQ, and a gas ring is available for cooking in the camp kitchen – a covered, outdoor space with bench space and hot water for dishes. Food storage for people self-catering is either in a chilly-bin in the camp kitchen, or our camp fridge, located in a shed beside the nearby woolshed. Replacement cold packs can be found in the fridge freezer for chilly bins.

Mobile phone reception is patchy, but if you walk up the fenceline on the hill beside the campsite you’ll find coverage as well as great views.

Full linen, towels and bedding is supplied, although we encourage you to bring sleeping bags for children as it seems to make the whole experience of going to bed in a tent much more exciting!

Kawakawa Station is a place to really escape the madness of the modern world and reconnect with nature. Send the kids on a scavenger hunt, enjoy a steaming hot outdoor bath, or just relax with a book in a hammock.

Beds: Our wooden framed main tent has a 24sqm interior floor space and contains both a queen-sized futon bed, a double futon sofa bed and one single futon chair bed. A second, 16sqm interior floor space safari style tent contains one double futon bed and one futon sofa bed. Finally, there are two single roll-out traditional futons (very firm) that can be moved to whichever tent suits you. We recommend these for children!

The Area

There is plenty to keep you busy outside of the property too. Kawakawa Station is located on the Palliser Cape in the South Wairarapa, just 5 minutes drive from the township of Ngawi and the famous Cape Palliser Lighthouse. You can visit the seal colony or Palliser lighthouse, do the famous Pinnacles walk, or have a hearty seafood lunch at the Lake Ferry Pub.

Contact & Pricing

  • Name : Liz Henderson at Canopy Camping
  • Phone (work) : 04 2933760
  • Phone (mobile) : 0272473003
  • Prices Nightly: £85 – £135 per night
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