So in my last blog I wrote about Hokianga and the awesome sand dunes of Opononi/Omapere. In this blog ill give you a glimpse into what the heck glamping is and why its pretty much camping for the pampered. I’ll also share with you our experience of Bayle’s/Rapiro Beach as well as the great Kauri forests.
a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.“glamping is likely to satisfy any city slicker seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries”
Highfield Forest Retreat on the Kauri Coast
We stopped off for a bit in Dargaville which is the largest town in the region and is the kumera (sweet potato in Maori) capital of New Zealand. The city is pretty tiny and there’s not much to see aside from the kumera farms so we quickly left to find this secluded secretive glamping spot.
After several minutes of slow driving across gravel roads we finally found it. Our first experience glamping. Highfield Forest Retreat.
On the last night while we were snuggled in bed we heard a weird noise coming from outside the tent. It started quite but started getting louder and louder. Something was approaching our tent. The sound was quite terrifying as the noise crescendo-ed into a loud shriek until finally we heard a jump and a smothering of another animal then silence.
Time stood still for what seemed like eternity. The vibrant night sounds of the birds and animals ceased. The ruffling of the leaves and wind went quiet. We could feel our chests pumping with anxiety. What on earth was that?! Finally we heard the noise again, it was drifting farther and farther away from the tent. We sighed in relief and went to bed.
Later, when we were home, we tried to figure out what in the world that noise was. What creature could have made such a terrifying sound? What presence could silence an entire forest full of birds, animals and bugs?!?
A mothef^%&ing kiwi. The most terrifying animal in NZ.
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Largest Kauri Trees in the Country
I mean when I say massive trees it doesn’t invoke the same shock and awe as let’s say the Jurassic Park like feel of Milford Sound or the pristine waters near Queenstown, at least, that’s what I thought.
Waipua Forest is a 15 minute drive from Kaihu which was also on the way to the Hokianga Region where we did our sand dune surfing into the ocean.
Its actually more impressive in real life… tried to get a shot beside the trees but it makes it look even smaller. I’m talking about the tree not my…
Here are some more trees:
Next up was Tane whom we had to drive another 5 min for. He got his own area surrounded by what I’m calling his tree like “bitches and hoes” and was by far the busiest of the two locations.
I actually thought Tane was a bit of a waste of time. Not only did you have to climb over a crap ton of tourists but you also had to clean your feet again (must be done at the beginning and end of all hikes to avoid Kauri Dieback disease affecting the mighty Kauri trees). I also thought Te Matua was larger by sheer height but I guess since Tane was thicker he gets to be number one (all about dat giiiirth).
Guise, that’s it for my glamping adventure. I post an entry about various topics each week on Weds and would like to know what you guys want to hear more about. If you liked the post or any of my posts please remember to push that like button below. THANKS GUISEEEEE! What enormous trees have you seen recently? Have you ever experienced glamping in the wild? What cool amenities did you get? More importantly how much was it? Have you ever heard a kiwi before?!
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