Highfield River Retreat, Kauri Coast
Highfield River Retreat
Highfield River Retreat is set amongst mature Totara trees on the banks of the river running through Highfield Farm. It's the second luxury campsite on Highfield Farm, after Highfield Forest Retreat - Highfield's first, highly successful luxury forest camp. The property is an easy weekend commute from Auckland - 25 minutes from the Northland town of Dargaville and 2.5 hours from Auckland city.
Highfield River Retreat consists of a large, wooden-framed luxury tent and a camp cabin, providing a charming kitchen, dining and lounging area. An outdoor bath provides the perfect place to soak and relax.
Sleeping up to four, Highfield River Retreat is perfect family or couples accommodation. With heating in the tent and cabin, guests can enjoy year round comfortable camping - whatever the weather.
Highfield River Retreat gives you all the comforts of home, while being surrounded by nature. Wake up with a steaming hot shower in the camp bathroom...and later enjoy a glass of wine and a soak in an outdoor bath under the stars. Then, tucked up in your comfortable bed, between 100% cotton sheets and under a luxurious bedding, you'll be able to lie back and relax to the sounds of the river and the farm.
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Check Availability and Book - Highfield River Retreat, Kauri Coast
A 10% deposit is charged during the booking process. The 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.
Highfield River Retreat has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, and one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main January holiday period. There is a one night stay surcharge of $30. If you only want one midweek night, please select this option during the booking process.
Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIODS
Highfield River Retreat has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, but does allow stays of one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main holiday period (20 December - 31 January), with a single night surcharge of $30. 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 during the peak holiday period (20 December - 31 January), it may be possible to book that single night with a single night surcharge of $30. Please email us with your date request if you'd like this option.
Peak (1 November to 30 April):
The standard nightly rate for the peak period is $260 for up to two people.
Extra people are $10 per extra child (under 16) and $30 per extra adult, up to a total of four people.
Midweek one night stays are allowed outside of the main holiday period (20 Dec - 31 Jan) and have a single night surcharge of $30.
Off-Peak (1 May to 31 October):
The standard nightly rate for the off-peak period is $220 for up to two people.
Extra people are $10 per extra child (under 16) and $30 per extra adult, up to a total of four people.
Midweek one night stays have a single night surcharge of $30.
Breakfast Hamper - $20 per person
Make life easier (especially if you're only staying one night) by ordering a breakfast hamper. Includes:
- Fresh whole farm milk & UHT milk
- Plunger Coffee/ English Breakfast & Earl Grey tea
- Hubbards muesli and stewed fruit
- Bacon, eggs, tomato and hashbrowns
- Ciabatta bread rolls (great toasted)
- Butter, honey and jam
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Highfield River Retreat or any Canopy Camping Escapes glamping site. These are provided in electronic format, for you to print out and pop in a greeting card for the lucky recipient. Read more about our gift vouchers, including how to purchase one, here.
The campsite is a short drive into the property through a combination locked gate on Baker Road and occasionally electric tape gates. Please close them when you have passed through. Car parking right at the site. You're welcome go to and from the property as much as you like to explore the local area.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check-in is after 3pm.
Check-out is by 11am.
The campsite at Highfield River Retreat consists of a luxury tent, and a bathroom and kitchen/dining cabin. The campsite is completely off-the-grid, but has everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay. LPG bottles and a gas califont provide hot water, and solar power provides lighting.
- The camp kitchen and dining area are inside the fully enclosed cabin. There is a double ring gas hob available for cooking and hot water for dishes.
- A large gas BBQ is provided.
- A chilli-bin and cool pads are provided in the camp kitchen for cool food storage.
- Heating is provided in the tent via a flued gas heater and a gas fire is provided in the cabin for heating during cooler weather.
- The campsite has a hot water shower and flushing toilet.
- An outdoor bath with running hot water sits beside the river.
- There is no mobile phone reception at Highfield River Retreat, but if you need to use your mobile phone during your stay, you can travel a short distance back down Baker Road (at the entrance to Highfield Farm) and you'll be able to get reception.
TENT SLEEPING & BED ARRANGEMENT
Highfield River Retreat can sleep a total of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children) in a queen bed and a double cane sofa bed.
100% Egyptian cotton linen, feather duvets and towels are supplied.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink - make sure you bring all the food and drink you need for your stay
- Walking shoes or boots - if you'd like to go for a walk on the property
- Warm clothes - it can be chilly in the mornings and at night. A warm jersey and long pants are a must.
- Shower and bath toiletries
- Insect repellent and Sunscreen - a must have!
- Towels for swimming - bring some spare beach towels for taking off the property to swim.
It’s very important to follow the safety guidelines and terms that you’ll find in our booking terms and in your campsite welcome guide. These terms and guidelines include:
- Visitors to the property stay at their own risk. This is a working dairy farm and has machinery and tools that may cause injury.
- Leave gates as you find them and avoid electric fences.
- Animals are unpredicatable - best to avoid them.
- Supervise young children carefully. There is a fast flowing stream on the property and a shallow, rocky stream closer to the campsite to be aware of. There are also other specific water hazards for young children, such as troughs.
- For your own safety please do not touch any farm machinery, and do not enter any other buildings on the property.
Highfield River Retreat is a comfortable 2.5 hour drive from Auckland.
Baker Road Kaihu Dargaville 0379
You print the Google Map directions and this handy info sheet here.
From Dargaville: Travel north up SH12 for 33km until you get to the Kaihu Tavern (on your left). Turn right opposite the tavern onto Kaihu Wood Road, then over the bridge and past the hall. Then turn left onto Baker Road. Follow Baker Road until you reach a gate which requires a combination to open (this will be supplied to you in your pre-stay information that we send 4 days from your arrival). Proceed through the gate and keep following the road. There are two campsites on Highfield Farm, so when you come to the fork in the track at the end of the forest road - be sure you keep going straight ahead (don't take the right hand fork).
From Waipoua Forest: Head south on SH12 until you get to Kaihu Tavern and turn left onto Baker Road following the directions above.
Eating and Drinking
Highfield River Retreat is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook your meals using the facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.
The nearest shop selling necessities is Kaihu Motors - an 8 minute drive away. There is a Countdown Supermarket in Dargaville, 25 minutes drive away.
Kaihu Tavern, just 5 minutes away is a great place to have a meal if you want a night off cooking!
Things To Do
ON THE PROPERTY...
- Soak in the outdoor bath
- Enjoy a peaceful meander through the farm and along the river
- Battle it out over a board game
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Collect mussels at the Bluff at low tide or go fishing off beach
- Visit Trounson Kauri Park to take in the magnificent kauri trees - walk night and day
- Visit the Kai Iwi lakes, and go trout fishing (in season)
- Check out Nelson's Kauri Shop and Mill at Kaihu
- Enjoy a delicious meal out at Kaihu Tavern
Tracy and Simon Hayward are the owners and farmers of Highfield Dairy Farm. They will be your hosts during your stay.
Tracy, Simon and their 5 children bought Highfield Farm in 2004. It's a dairy farm, milking 160 cows, and covering 90 hectares of farmland. A further 70 bush covered hectares of the property was put into QEII protection by Tracy and Simon, along with a section of land on either side of the main river that runs through the property. Highfield Forest Retreat is nestled in a part of the QEII protected bush section of the farm.
With the combined effort of Hancocks Forestry, Northern Regional Council and DOC, Tracy and Simon have been trapping pests on their QEII block and up the valley. Through kiwi listening they have established that they now have a moderate population of kiwi - which they look forward to seeing grow annually.
Tracy and Simon want to share their unique and beautiful forest with others, and felt there was no better way than to stay within it. In March 2015 they made their first steps toward their vision with the purchase of a 100+year old kauri hut, then developing the site through the winter to open in December that year.
Their next challenge is to develop a walking track from the campsite to a giant Totara - where a track then follows the river back to the farm.
1. Booking and payments
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 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
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. Safety and Hazards
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.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
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 consulation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
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.
Comments from our guests
The guest comments we publish on this page come from a feedback survey that we send every guest after their stay at Highfield River Retreat. We publish these comments verbatim.
"We had a fantastic time at Highfield River retreat. The peace, quiet and solitude of the site are incredibly rare and something incredibly valuable. Words can not really do justice to this location, It's beyond magical!"
Kieran (28 April 2017)
"We loved our stay at Highfield River Retreat. The outdoor bath was a highlight, and hearing kiwi calling at night was a very special experience. Highly recommend staying at this beautiful spot!"
(24 April 2017)
"Great place to glamp out with style, but still get the feeling of outdoor atmosphere. Highly recommend it."
(21 April 2017)
"We have always enjoyed spending time in the remote places of NZ, and this stay helped us to recapture some of that feeling."
(15 April 2017)
"HRR was a great place to get away from it all, to chill out and prepare meals in the very cool utility module. Fantastic shower great outdoor bath and awesome spacious tent with very comfortable bed. The picturesque river so close makes for a very special experience. Most enjoyable also to take a long walk over the farm and into the magnificent native bush."
Steve Garvey (20 March 2017)