Kauri Tree Hut is just 1 1/2 hours drive from Auckland central, in beautiful Mangawhai.
Kauri Tree Hut is actually made up of three little huts - a bedroom and lounge hut, bathroom hut, and kitchen hut - all connected by a surrounding deck. The three huts are built on stilts deep amongst remnant native bush, with Kauri trees coming up through the deck, and all around the huts.
The huts have been lovingly restored and beautifully styled, with every detail thought through. Large opening doors and windows connect you to the natural surroundings. A deep, oversized bath and outdoor shower give you the chance to truly relax with nature, in complete privacy.
Kauri Tree Hut is a city-dwellers tonic... Set amongst the wild and native surroundings, you can completely immerse yourself in nature. Relaxing in the hammock or swing chair provided, you'll hear the lazy trickle of the gentle creek that runs along the bottom of the property. Native birds flit through the surrounding bush, and at night you'll hear morepork and sometimes even kiwi. The spectacular views just a short walk from the huts, mean you can take in the sunset over the surrounding hills and ocean.
If you can drag yourself away, Mangawhai village is just a 5 minute drive to great coffee and food. Nearby vineyards and olive groves are great for tastings, and the Mangawhai markets on a Saturday are a 'must visit'. Adventurous types can soak up the action with mountain bikes, nearby walks and of course, the beautiful Mangawhai beaches.
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364 Tara Rd, Mangawhai 0573
Follow the Google Map directions to 364 Tara Road. Kauri Tree Hut is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Auckland central and 5 minutes from Mangawhai village. Warkworth is about a 40 minutes drive away.
The main bed is a queen-size loft bed, accessed by a ladder. There is a fold out slat futon which is very comfortable too, so can serve as the main bed for those not so keen on heights! Full linen, towels and bedding is supplied. Duvets are natural New Zealand wool inners. The queen bed has a Goose Down mattress topper on top of an inner spring mattress with a latex topper.
The kitchenfacilities are inside a second hut. There's a gas camp cooker and BBQ for cooking, a gas fridge for cool food storage. You'll find all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need to cook. There is bench space for food preparation and hot water for dishes.
Mobile phone reception is ok at the hut and excellent service can be found at the top of the hill (a 2 min walk uphill). There are no facilities to charge phone on site, but phones can be charged at a local cafe 3 minutes drive away.
Kauri Tree Hut is an adults and couples only accommodation. If you're looking for a safe and family friendly glamping site, check out some of our other Canopy camping campsites that are super-safe and fun for kids. You can select 'child-friendly' in the search bar to find these sites easily.
Kauri Tree Hut is tucked into the property nestled into it's own little forest so it's very private, however, it's also only a short drive to amenities to can act as a base for lots of local activities.
Cars can be parked just beyond the tree huts and will be in a very safe and secure location. The campsite is very easy to access from the car park and you're welcome to come and go from the property as much as you like.
The property is a small farm and bush block, with no major hazards to be aware of. In the hut, there is a steep ladder up to the mezzanine bed to take care with. All steps, decks and bush paths can be slippery when wet, so caution must be taken. There is a small creek on the property.
There is a two night booking minimum at Kauri Tree Hut, however where there is a single night gap between bookings, it may be possible to book that single night with a surcharge of $30. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
The Kauri Tree Hut has a standard minimum stay period of two nights. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
Where there is a single night gap between bookings, it may be possible to book that single night with a surcharge of $30. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
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1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.75% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.75% credit card fee).
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consultation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.
The Kauri Tree Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. Read more about the kitchen facilities under 'Essentials'.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Mangawhai Village is just 5 minutes away and has several cafes and restaurants to choose from.
A 4-Square for stocking up on supplies can also be found at Mangawhai Village.
Things To Do
ON THE PROPERTY...
Relax in the outdoor bath.
Explore the native bush and look for eels in the stream.
Walk up the hill to watch the sunrise over the ocean or watch the sunset over the valley view.
Battle it out over a board game!
Swing in the large hanging swing or lie in the hammocks.
Rest, read, relax and enjoy the scenery and peaceful surrounds.
FROM THE PROPERTY...
The local Bennetts Chocolate Factory and cafe is a must see!
Go wine tasting in local vineyards or olive oil tasting in the local olive groves.
Visit Mangawhai's beautiful local beaches for swimming, fishing or snorkelling.
Walk the stunning coastal view walkway.
Visit the local Mangawhai markets on Saturday mornings.
Bring your clubs and have a game at the local golf course, or bring your surf-board and check out the world class surf breaks.
Mountain bike rentals, a world class skate park, sand volleyball courts, tennis court and a large kids playground are all within a 5 minute drive.
Ryan and Rachel married 9 years ago - and now have 3 kids, all under 5 years of age. Ryan is a landscaper and interior plant designer - and an outdoors fanatic. He loves surfing, hunting and outdoor adventures. Rachel is a super-mum with a marketing background, and a very creative eye. She has recently studied interior design - in between changing nappies! She loves to decorate and style spaces, parties, photo shoots and everyday life. She is also nuts about the outdoors.
They started looking for land in Northland a few years ago. The idea was to find somewhere to escape Auckland on the weekends and have some real adventures as a family. They stumbled across the land at Mangawhai and realised it was their dream property; with beautiful native bush, a gentle stream, and proximity to a great surf for Ryan's surfing obsession.
With their combined talents, Ryan and Rachel have been restoring the land and the old huts. Ryan mostly welding the hammer and Rachel foraging far and wide for the perfect decorative touches to make these huts feel warm, relaxing and peaceful.
The huts have been set up to be eco-friendly, with solar lights, rain water collection and a composting toilet. Recycled native timbers and materials have also been a big feature of the restoration of the huts.