Highfield River Retreat, Kauri Coast
OPENING SPECIAL | STAY 3, PAY 2 - Book a 3 night stay at Highfield River Retreat for anytime up until the end of May (excluding public holiday weekends) and we'll give you one night completely FREE. But book quickly! Offer ends on 1 March 2017.
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. Down by the river, a private 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). The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend and Queens Birthday Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
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 2pm.
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 gas fridge is 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 for 1km following the signs to the campsite.
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
- Go on Mr Sill's Pouto Lighthouse and Shipwreck Tour. $35 pp by appointment
- 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.