Luxury Under Canvas | Off The Beaten Track

Luxury Under Canvas

Luxury Glamping

Mercer, Waikato                    Listed By Sasha



Our glamping site is stiuated in a private gully nestled into the hillside looking directly onto hundreds of acres of natural bush. We chose this site for its privacy and seclusion. Our livestock graze in adjacent paddocks and there is a dam with eels that attracts a lot of native birdlife.

The site is accessible by 4WD or by a walking track. We can transport you to the site if necessary or provide a farm vehicle for your use. The site is about 150 metres away from the main house.

There are lots of things to do, including feeding the eels in the dam, tramping through to the river, collecting herbs and salad leaves in our foragers garden, brushing the donkeys, feeding the goat or take a picnic on a bush walk.

We have acres of bush for you to tramp in and there is a very picturesque walk down to the Waikato river from our farm. The kids seem to enjoy rolling down the hill or running around as there is so much space!

Soak up the local scenery, enjoy a host of nearby attractions, like the Nikau cave or the Glenbrook Steam Railway, enjoy close proximity to eating places (from McDonalds 3 kms away to local award winning pubs), experience kayaking or even go skydiving at Mercer Airport!

You can;
- read stories or play board games by lantern light,
- toast marshmallows over the campfire
- stargaze with no light pollution

We named our tents after cattle breeds. The biggest tent is called Friesian as we farm Friesians. They are the black and white cattle that you see in the top photo. Our 5 metre bell tents are called Angus and Dexter, both longstanding cattle breeds in New Zealand. At the moment, only Angus has been erected and Dexter is waiting patiently for his turn.

Unique Experiences at Luxury Under Canvas

  1. feeding our friendly animals and listening to the native birds
  2. Bush walking tracks and picnic ground
  3. breathtaking views, the peace of the bush and the amazing starry nightscapes as we have zero light pollution

Why You Will Love Luxury Under Canvas

Farmstay glamping allows you to unplug from modern conveniences and devices and embrace a slower way of life, reconnecting with nature and with loved ones.

Picture yourself creating lasting memories with your loved one.

- "We absolutely loved our stay! We stayed in the bell tent and it exceeded our expectations. Beautiful views, easy to find and Sasha was amazing to deal with. Super helpful and was able to organise extras for us with ease. Will definitely be recommending to friends and will make a trip back soon."
- "The unique setting on the farm and close to bush, made it quite special. Our teenage grandchildren thought it was very cool"
- "The tent is exactly as photographed with beautiful views and a peaceful space. The property was very clean and extremely comfortable. We did enjoy the bonfire and beautiful sunsets!"

Accommodation Types

Friesian Safari Tent - MAX GUESTS: 6.

1 x Queen bed
2 x King singles
1 x Double bed

Our luxury Friesian safari tent is fully self-contained, it has its own kitchen on the outdoor deck, and its own private ensuite toilet and shower which is accessed from the two rear bedrooms and its own outdoor bath. The toilets are flushing but also composting thanks to a family of tiger worms that love solid waste and compost.

This is an off-grid rural retreat where the scenery is restful, there are lots of native birds, acres of bush to tramp through if you wish and lots of memories to take home.

The lights are solar and battery powered, there is no electricity at the site. You will need to bring battery packs to support your electronic devices - or to get the best experience you can simply unplug! We have recently added a small campfire stove on the deck too so that you can stay warm for winter glamping, toast marshmallows and make Smores. There are some outdoor blankets and hot water bottles to make you comfortable.

We supply condiments, tea, coffee, milk, breakfast cereal and local farm eggs.

Situated in a stunning private gully, our glamping site is about 300 metres walk down to a private gully. If you prefer, we can transport you via our 4WD accessible track.

Glamping takes the stress out planning and packing for your holiday. Basically, all you need to bring is your food, drink, clothes and any special equipment or gear for any activities you might want to do away from your glamp site. We have acres and acres of bush for you to tramp to your heart content, please bring suitable shoes for this activity.
Enjoy our complimentary range of luxury and eco-friendly soaps, shampoos and body products that are grey water safe and have only natural ingredients.

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$385.00 per night
(up to 6 guests)

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Angus Bell Tent - MAX GUESTS: 2.

1 x Queen bed

Complete with a real bed, flushing toilet, hot shower, outdoor bath and fully functioning outdoor kitchen this is an off-grid rural retreat where the scenery is restful, there are lots of native birds, acres of bush to tramp through if you wish and lots of memories to take home.

Picture yourself enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of coffee on the deck, while enjoying the rural setting and spectacular bush scenery, or taking an outdoor bath for two under the stars! Cook your own food on the BBQ, visit one of the local pubs, or we can supply a gourmet inspired meal for you to heat and eat.

Angus will be joined by Dexter bell tent and they will share a lovely camp kitchen and bathroom. We have set up this up especially for couples travelling together to provide effectively two bedrooms and facilities. Of course, both Friesian and Angus and Dexter can all be booked together to cater for larger families and groups travelling together. We can also provide additional beds and portacots if necessary. Talk to us if you have special requirements.

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$279.00 per night
(up to 2 guests)

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Property Amenities

Unsealed Roads
4WD access to some areas
Good mobile reception
Rubbish bin
Family Friendly

Additional Amenities:
Our experience is off grid, we have solar lighting and gas hotwater


Farm Tour

About the Landowner, Sasha

From the initial welcoming smell that only a luxury canvas safari tent can offer, to the warmth radiating off the walls and the steam rising from the fly as the first of the suns rays brighten the day, everyone remembers the camping holidays of their childhood.

Your hosts Sasha and Nick have created a farm experience complete with bush walks, picnic sites and farm tours.

As intergenerational farmers, we love to share our love of New Zealand farming with our visitors. We mainly farm poultry, beef cattle and some sheep and are surrounded by other farms including dairy and produce. We are happy to take you on a farm tour or you can pet and feed our goat, lamb, or our donkeys.

Approximate Location

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