Maunga Iti, Tutukaka Coast
Glamping at Maunga Iti
Maunga Iti, meaning 'little hills' in Maori, is a large bush block just inland from the stunning Tutukaka coastline. At an easy 2 1/4 hour drive from Auckland, this delectable slice of kiwi paradise makes the perfect escape for weary city folk looking to recharge and relax.
Maunga Iti is owned by Stefan and Ira Seitzer, who have spent the last 20 years creating a private bushland retreat, complete with bush tracks, a pristine fresh water stream and native birds.
The luxury tent is perfectly positioned on the top of a small hill, with dreamy views out over bushland to the ocean and islands beyond. The interior incorporates hand-crafted furniture and a queen-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and natural bedding. At night, a wood-burning stove makes the space warm and cosy. When it's warm, sleep with the tent open, and soak up the sounds of the bush and the view of the moonlight on the ocean.
An outdoor bath is set in a prime position at the front of the deck, looking out toward the Hen and Chicken islands. Access from the back of the tent takes you straight out to your enclosed ensuite bathroom and camp kitchen with on tap hot water. Now that's luxury accommodation.
If you can tear yourself away from the comfort and tranquility of your tent, you'll find a range of things to do on and around the property. Maunga Iti has a number of bush walking tracks to enjoy, ranging from 20 - 45 minutes in length. Just down the road is a ridge-way section of New Zealand's famous Te Araroa walking track (which runs the entire length of the country). There's a raft of other activities in the area to take advantage of too; diving or snorkeling at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve, surfing at Sandy Bay, even big game fishing at Tutukaka.
Maunga Iti, Tutukaka Coast
Maunga Iti, meaning 'little hills' in Maori, is a large bush block just inland from the stunning Tutukaka coastline. At an easy 2 1/4 hour drive from Auckland, this delectable slice of kiwi paradise makes the perfect escape for weary city folk looking to recharge and relax. Perfect for couples, the luxury tent sits on a hill with a dreamy view overlooking bush and ocean.
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Lavericks Bay, Banks Peninsula
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Check Availability and Book - Maunga Iti, Tutukaka 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.
Rates and Extras
Maunga Iti has a standard minimum stay period of 2 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 $75. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
Peak (20 December to 30 April):
The standard nightly rate for the peak period is $290 for up two people.
Linen for the sofa bed can be provided for a surcharge of $50 if two separate beds are required for two people.
A third adult can be accommodated on the sofa bed for $100 per night.
Please Note: Maunga Iti is an adults only campsite.
Off-Peak (1 May to 19 December):
The standard nightly rate for the off-peak period is $250 for two people.
Linen for the sofa bed can be provided for a surcharge of $50 if two separate beds are required for two people.
A third adult can be accommodated on the sofa bed for $100 per night.
Please Note: Maunga Iti is an adults only campsite.
Forest Water Therapy - $150.00 per person, or $190.00 per couple
The guided Forest Water Therapy is a unique blend of the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, immersing oneself in the forest and the German Kneipp therapy, a pristine running fresh water therapy. Experience the pure essence of life on this skillfully guided walk. Allow for approximately 1.5 hrs, including a guided meditation or quiet time by the stream. Ideally you will combine your Forest Water Therapy with the guided meditation, massage, or book the entire Wellness Package for $290.00 per couple.
Meditation (60 minutes) - By the waterfall - $100 per couple, or in your tent/our house - $60 per couple
Stefan's meditation practice is based on mindfully observing any sensations in your own body. While this equanimus observation has vast benefits on its own the structured approach of observing the body from head to toe also serves to focus the mind. This meditation lends itself to newcomers as well as to people with previous meditation experience. You will be guided by Stefan, who has attended intensive meditation courses and is an experienced, daily practitioner since 2010. Ideally, you will combine your meditation with the forest-water experience and a massage, or book the entire Wellness Package for $290.00 per couple.
Massage - $60 per 60 min, $90 per 90 min, $120 per 120 min per person
Stefan's massages are a blend of Swedish and Thai practices, using fusions of natural bees wax and plant oils designed to help you relax, de-stress and find a harmonious sense of wellbeing. Have your massage in the massage room at Stefan and Ira's house or in your luxury tent. The latter option is weather dependent. Ideally you combine your massage with the forest-water experience and meditation or book the entire Wellness Package for $290.00 per couple.
“We spent most of the weekend in the lovely outdoor bath and still cannot stop talking about how amazing Stefan's massage was! Do not pass up this opportunity when visiting Maunga Iti.”
The Wellness Package - $250.00 per person, $290.00 per couple
This package is designed to ensure you will get the most out of your stay at Maunga Iti. It comprises of the following experiences and is available for singles or couples:
- One 60 minute massage
- One 60 minute guided meditation
- One 90 minute guided Forest & Water therapy.
You can further individualise your options by choosing longer durations for all of the above experiences and possibly choose a different location for your massage and meditation. The suitability of alternative locations, i.e. the luxury tent or the meditation platform by the waterfall will be weather dependent.
Kiwi Listening in May & June - $50 per couple (50% of proceeds go to Landcare Trust for ongoing predator control)
Join Stefan and the team at Landcare Trust for a night-time session listening for kiwi calls during May and June. This is a critical step in the monitoring of the kiwi population in the area, and a once in a life-time experience to be part of the conservation of our very special national bird.
Mountain Bike Hire - $20 per day, per person
Jump on the bikes and enjoy a leisurely cycle around the surrounding area. A great way to soak up the sights and vibe of the Tutukaka Coast.
Dinghy Hire - $20 per day
Enjoy a row on the dinghy which is kept down by the waters edge for guest use
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.
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Maunga Iti is an adults and couples only campsite. If you're looking for a safe and family friendly glamping site, check out some of our other Canopy Camping Escapes campsites that are super-safe and fun for kids.
Visitors can drive right up to the campsite on an all weather access road. It's easy to come and go on the separate driveway, away from the main house.
CHECK IN & OUT
Check in: 3pm
Check out: 11am
TENT SLEEPING AND BED ARRANGEMENT
Maunga Iti has one large wooden, framed luxury tent, sleeping two people in a queen-sized bed.
The campsite at Maunga Iti has no electric power source. Hot water is supplied via a gas powered califont. LPG gas bottles also provide gas for a camp fridge and stove top. A wood-burning stove can also be used as a cook top, and provides warmth for cosy Autumn and Winter glamping.
- The camp bathroom has a flushing toilet, sink, shower and hot water. A outdoor bath (with a fantastic view) at the front of the deck is a great way to end the day.
- The camp kitchen is a fully covered and enclosed space with bench space and hot water for dishes. A BBQ surface on the brazier, gas oven and stove top, and the wood-burning stove are all options for cooking on.
- Food storage can be found in the camp kitchen and a gas powered camp fridge is used for cool food storage.
- Mobile phone reception (Vodafone and Telecome) is available on the property. Guests are welcome to charge phones at Stefan and Ira's house.
The campsite at Maunga Iti has a campfire area which is a great place to relax with a glass of wine and a bag of marshmallows at the end of the day. It is dependent on the time of year and conditions though, and at certain times of the year will be unavailable due to higher than normal fire risk.
100% Egyptian cotton, top quality sheets are provided. Wool duvet, and underlay are supplied, and beds will be made up prior to your arrival.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink if you choose to self-cater
- Warm clothing in winter – especially if you want to soak up the evening stars
- Footwear suitable for walking the bush tracks (a must-do on the property)
- Insect repellent & sunscreen
- Beach towels
- Suitable footwear for inside the tent (jandels, soft-soled shoes).
399 Waoitoi Road
Print out a Maunga Iti info sheet with address, host contact details, and directions for your drive right here.
From Auckland (approx 2 hours drive)
- Head North to Whangarei on SH 1. Stay on SH 1 bypassing Whangarei town.
- You will see a turnoff on your right to the Tutukaka Coast, you can also see a golf course on the right there.Take that turnoff and follow the road for about 1km then straight through a small roundabout, another couple of hundred metres straight through the next roundabout.
- You are now leaving a Mobil petrol station on your left and heading out of the eastern suburb of Tikipunga. You will see a big sign directing you towards Tutukaka, Matapouri and Ngunguru. Driving time from there to Ngunguru is approximately 25 minutes.
- This is a lovely drive past orchards and stone walled paddocks. You may want to stock up on fresh fruit at Huanui Orchard a couple of kms down the road on your left.
- The next settlement you will get to is Ngunguru. Drive along the estuary past the shop and over the second one lane bridge. Immediately after the bridge is a turnoff to your left. This is Waiotoi Road. You are almost there!
- You go straight down Waiotoi Road, this will turn into a gravel road after about 1.5km. Continue on the gravel road, passing a one lane bridge, then the road will fork. Stay on the bottom road!
- Continue over another one lane bridge until you come to the end of the Council Maintenance sign and a house with a wooden fence straight head. Our private road leads you up the hill and past that house. You take the second drive on your left, you will see our sign Maunga Iti, continue up the drive to the yellow house and you have arrived.
Do not attempt to use Google Maps to find your way to Maunga Iti! The directions are incorrect.
Eating and Drinking
If you'd like to self-cater, Maunga Iti has all the facilities you need. Just bring your own food and and cook meals using the BBQ and equipment provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, and utensils.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, and feel like a meal out, Stefan and Ira recommend Oceans, Schnappa Rock, or Marina Pizzeria in Tutukaka.
The nearest supermarket is in Tikipunga, an Eastern suburb of Whangarei about a 25 minute drive away. The nearest store for basic supplies is the Ngunguru 4 Square, just a 5 minute drive away.
Things To Do
AT THE CAMPSITE...
- Relax and soak up the views from your tent.
- Explore the bush walks on the property.
- Listen and look for birds - kiwi, morepork, tui, black birds, shining cookoo, fantail, grey warbler, pheasants and many others are all residents at Maunga Iti. During spring there's an amazing dawn chorus of songbirds.
- Sit by the campfire at the end of the day with a glass of wine, bag of marshmallows and enjoy the stars.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Walk a section of the Te Araroa walkway, the Sandy Bay to Whananaki coastal walk or the local coastal walk from Ngunguru Beach to Whangaumu Bay.
- Go snorkelling or diving at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve (rated as one of the top ten in the world).
- Swim or kayak across to the Ngunguru Sandspit where you can enjoy 2km of stunning, sandy beach.
- Go surfing at Sandy Bay.
- Check out the local golf course and tennis courts down at the Ngunguru sports centre
- Check out the Tutukaka Marina for excellent local art, retail, cafes and restaurants.
Stefan and Ira Seitzer will be your hosts while at Maunga Iti. They are a fantastic couple with an interesting background - both personally and professionally.
Stefan, originally from Germany, arrived in New Zealand in 1985 after studying 5 years of classical music. His first job in New Zealand was as a possum trapper where he quickly fell in love with the native bush and environment. After a few years he decided to study Environmental Science, and after graduating set up his own freshwater consultancy. As well as this he's written several articles for the NZ Geographic, set up an outdoor environmental educational programme and eventually decided on a major career change by training as and becoming a teacher.
Stefan bought Maunga Iti in 1995 after seeing the potential of the bush surrounds, stony bottomed stream that ran through the property, and North Island Brown Kiwi in the area. He met the lovely Ira not long after on Ngunguru beach - and the rest was history as they say!
Ira's whakapapa is Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Maru. She's had an equally diverse and interesting career, having had worked in the fitness industry, studied tourism and hospitality, worked with Stefan with their freshwater education programmes and eventually training as a primary school teacher.
They're a passionate, artistic and very personable couple with a great love for and huge amount of knowledge of the Tutukaka area. They look forward to welcoming you to Maunga Iti!
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 Maunga Iti. We publish these comments verbatim. Maunga Iti are also listed on Trip Advisor.
"We have spent fantastic couple of nights in Maunga Iti. Very secluded and private, yet very close to all the fantastic bays and beaches of Tutukaka and surrounding areas. Highly recommend this spot. 5 star experience."
Ana (7 February 2017)
"The experience at Maunga Iti was very relaxing & peaceful. Go to bed after a lovely hot bath on the deck looking over beautiful views of bush and water...then listen to the bird life morning and night. Relax on the deck with a glass of wine. Soak up the sunshine and go to the lovely beaches around which are close."
Louise (1 February 2017)
"Wonderful experience, would throughly recommend."
Ollie Kortlang (20 January 2017)
"My partner and I chose to spend an anniversary at Maunga Iti and it was the best trip we have ever been on. Not only is the location and view spectacular, but there is a perfect balance of functional amenities and outdoor-ness. My partner loved starting fires and the outdoor spa was also a really amazing way to look up at all the bright stars! If you do one new thing this year, make it a trip to Maunga Iti, you won't be disappointed!"
Yasmine (2 January 2017)
"The perfect place to unwind and relax switch off the phone soak up the views and make the most of being in this private and remote location."
(28 December 2016)
"We had a great time at Maunga iti, in particular we appreciated the peace and quiet. It was also fantastic listening to the kiwi's in the evening."
Jodi Radford (21 December 2017)
"Restful, calming,.friendly hosts and a great place to relax."
Sheryl McPherson (30 November 2016)
"If you are looking for a beautiful place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city look no further than Maunga Iti. Surrounded by native bush and with the best beaches in New Zealand only minutes away... what more could you ask for?"
Andrew (22 November 2016)
"I was a little hesitant about glamping to begin with, would it be boring with nothing to do. It was the opposite, relaxing, stress-free, lots to do, superb facilities. I'd highly recommend Maunga Iti to anyone wanting a break with a little bit of glamour! Ira and Stefan and brilliant hosts, caring without being over the top, really lovely people, a privilege to stay at their campsite. I came back relaxed, refreshed and totally stoked we stayed there."
Tim Spackman (18 October 2016)
"Maunga Iti is such a gorgeous place, perfectly situated on the hill to see through the trees to the sea whilst laying in bed. A truly magical place allowing you to disconnect from the outside world and spend romantic quality time with your partner. Highly recommend the canopy camping experience!!"
Aash and Gabriel (4 October 2016)
"The accommodation is wonderful and allows you to be one with nature and take in the majestic views and beautiful bird song.
Stefan is a gracious host and we would highly recommend staying at Maunga Iti!"
Ankea Elia (1 October 2016)
"We had an amazing time at Maunga Iti. The hosts were very lovely and welcoming. The facilities were really nice, clean and tidy. There are some amazing beaches, lovely walks and good food and coffee spots very close by. We loved it!"
Christina Dunn (24 August 2016)
Hosts were extremely friendly and welcoming and took great care of us during our stay.
"The tent itself was amazing, so luxurious and I was very surprised how warm it was inside with the stove going. We stayed in late May so it was quite cold but inside the tent it was very cosy and snug. The surrounding bush and views were second to none. If you are looking for a relaxing or romantic break away then look no further. Maunga Iti is the place to go and very reasonably priced too. P.S: Great fish and chip shop down in Ngunguru only a 5min drive away."
Adele Wynne (20 September 2016)
"It was great to be able to get off the grid for a few days. This is an incredibly central location to so many beautiful spots that Northland has to offer!"
(16 June 2016)
"Stefan and Ira have created a beautiful retreat that is both peaceful and luxurious."
Aaron Stott (11 June 2016)
"Ira and Stefan were amazing hosts. The canopy site including bathroom and kitchen were really well presented, nice and tidy which made the stay a lot more comfortable. We recommend ordering the food as it makes it hassle free. We had breakfast and dinner on both days and the food was amazing! Good size portions so lunch was just a small snack.
The whole experience was very relaxing and the location is serene. We will definitely be coming back!"
Marta Okularczyk (7 June 2016)
"I couldn't recommend Maunga Iti more. Not only does it offer every luxury, but the setting is beautiful. It feels like a true escape."
(27 April 2016)
"Friendly hosts and a wonderful place to rest and relax."
Daniel & Jayne (16 March 2016)
"Facilities were great - food was AMAZING ! - Ira was awesome - hospitality at its finest ......"
James and Liz (7 March 2016)
"If what you want is a couple of days without the " white noise " of electronics and a great view this place is for you. We loved it."
William Cavanagh (23 February 2016)
"Wonderful hosts, stunning scenery, fantastic bird-life and blissfully peaceful!"
Nick and Sally (21 February 2016)
"Highly recommended glamping experience. Location is great, close by to many walks and beaches. Great facilities."
Carol Du-Blom (9 February 2016)
"Just do it!! You won't be disappointed. You must take advantage of the catering option if you are a true foodie, as Ira's cooking was one of the highlights!"
Dean & Becs (1 February 2016)
"My partner and I stayed there for Christmas holiday. This place was so beautiful with fabulous views and nature which was perfect for our peaceful relaxed holiday! Also the host Ira and Stefan were very kind and we loved Ira's food. We will definitely visit Maunga lti again."
Hyunah Joh (4 January 2016)
"We went away after getting married and honestly after being together for 8 years it bought me and my husband closer. Every night is spent enjoying each other's company and listening to the kiwis calling. Fire going to really set the scene. We had food and massages ordered and they were both spectacular. It's close to so many beaches and tracks to escape during the day too. The hosts are absolutely amazing - so respectful of your privacy and so humble with assisting you throughout your stay. If your looking at doing it - DO IT! Go with a open mind and focus on your quality time together."
(7 December 2015)
"My partner and I spent a long weekend here and absolutely loved it! It was very luxurious. We had Ira's cooked food for half of our stay which was amazing! And cooked on the open fire the rest of the time.
A lovely treat for a weekend away. Would definitely recommend."
Emma (17 November 2015)
"Ira and Stefan have created a little slice of heaven in Ngunguru. The tent is perfectly positioned to enjoy the view to the ocean . Stefan has created a wonderful bush walk around his property to enjoy the bird life and glorious bush. I was very concerned about getting cold, but the little potbelly fireplace kept us nice and cosy. Ira's food was to die for so I recommend having a dinner or 2 cooked by them. We walked, cycled and played golf so there is lots to do in the area. We would recommend anyone thinking about booking to go ahead and do it. Well worth the trip!"
Brent and Michelle (22 October 2015)
"Maunga Iti pretty much summed up Northland, with its dense native bush at your doorstep and beautiful sandy beaches just a hop, skip and jump down the road. Words do not explain how beautiful it is there. If you have the opportunity to stay there, don't miss it."
Corey Hughes (8 October 2015)
"Maunga Iti is private and secluded and offers the best of northland.Go and experience something very special!"
Tonya and Simon Carlson (4 October 2015)
"A peaceful setting that allows you to escape, a place where time slows and memories are made. Friendly, welcoming hosts!"
(3 October 2015)
"Definitely have to try it - we loved it."
Louise (16 September 2015)
"Last weekend at Maunga Iti was without a doubt the most relaxing and enjoyable weekend I have ever had... EVER!"
(9 September 2015)
"My partner and I had an amazing stay at Maunga Iti. It was a beautiful location with peaceful surroundings, perfect for a getaway from the city. Loved falling asleep to the birdcalls in the evening. The camp provided everything and more for a comfortable stay. I can't wait to come back in the summer. Thanks Ira and Stephan, they were such friendly hosts!"
Jaamine (18 August 2015)
"I booked Maunga Iti for two night on a getaway with my wife for her birthday. Knowing the weather was going to be rubbish I was looking forward to curling up by a warm fire and getting away from technology for a weekend - I was not disappointed! Ira and Stefan were very welcoming and took great care of us. We opted for Ira's dinner on the first night and it was stunning - worth every penny. Our Kiwi listening was fun and helped us understand all the bird calling about the campsite. On the last day we went on one of the bush walks (bring proper shoes!) and it was beautiful and undisturbed, a real kiwi experience. If you're looking for an intimate getaway and like a little outdoors with some luxury then I highly recommend! We're planning on staying again in the summer for a different experience."
(3 June 2015)
"We had a lovely time a Maunga Iti. All though the weather wasn't the best, the site itself was warm, cozy and simply romantic. Definitely a wonderful spot to reconnect with loved ones. Highly recommend! Stephan and Ira are the loveliest hosts. They are unobtrusive and we felt like we were the only ones there in a perfect idyllic getaway."
Raewyn and Shane (26 May 2015)
"We had the best weekend away at Maunga Iti, it has everything you need there for a luxury weekend away set amongst the nature. Stefan and Ira have thought of everything from having the latest magazines to read and enjoy, yoga mats for some sunset yoga to the morning essentials like a coffee plunger. The tent is set up perfectly over looking the coast, a view that is breath taking and amazing to wake up to. The indoor/tent fireplace keeps you warm and cosy at night with the outdoor fire pit a great addition to roast some marshmallows over. You can tell that both Stefan and Ira take pride in their site as it was in great condition. My partner and I will defiantly be back as we really couldn't fault this experience. I would highly recommend a stay at Maunga Iti to anyone, it is an experience to tick of the bucket list."
Rebecca and Luke (5 May 2015)
"We absolutely loved our glamping experience at Maunga Iti. We arrived after dark, the fire had already been lit and the tent was warm and cosy and stocked with everything we would need for the weekend. Maunga Iti is the perfect place to get away from it all and the scenery is simply stunning. Ira's cooking was amazing, we would highly recommend it!We would go back in a heartbeat!"
John and Milly (29 April 2015)
"We really enjoyed our time at Maunga Iti. We were greeted by our hosts Stefan and Ira when we first arrived. They were both very kind, helpful and accommodating. Before arriving, we were wondering what activities we could do outside of the glamping site, but once we spent some time at the campsite all we wanted to do was enjoy the views and watch the sunrise and set, and keep the campfire going all the hours of the night. We totally recommend it for anyone that just wants to take time out to relax as this has been a really great “mini-retreat” experience for us. We would definitely go back! :)"
(7 April 2015)
"DEFINITELY ask Ira to cook for you - because her cooking is amazing, and you won't want to leave to leave to go find something!"
Katherine (8 April 2015)
"This was a very unique way to experience the beautiful and peaceful bush settings and bird life of the Tutukaka coast. The tent is robustly constructed with a superb bed, cosy potbelly fire, functional kitchen and nice bathroom with H&C water and shower. Especially nice for those who love the great outdoors with a few mod cons thrown in. Thanks to Stefan and Ira who are very friendly and helpful."
Wayne and Kay Mills (30 March 2015)
"We arrived tired and somewhat strung out due to a demanding year and left relaxed, rested and recharged! We just loved our stay at Maunga Iti - the tent is beautifully appointed with thoughtful attention to detail. It is cosy and stylish and we felt cocooned without being disconnected from the wonderful environment Maunga Iti offers. It was fun to sit and chat around the fireplace and a treat to be lulled to sleep in a luxuriously comfortable bed while listening to moreporks and kiwi calling outside in the nearby bush. The facilities are perfect - excellent camp kitchen and full bathroom all connected to your tent and within easy all-weather access. Our hosts were terrific - helpful, friendly and gave every consideration to our privacy. It was a wonderful short break that we can't rate highly enough. Next time we hope to stay longer and might make it even easier by taking the catered option."
Meg and Martin (18 March 2015)
"What a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Gorgeous accommodation and location. So nice to getaway from it all."
Victoria Meo (24 February 2015)
"A perfect weekend at Maunga Iti. Amazing location, stunning views, and wonderful hospitality. We loved the native bush walk, our delicious valentine's day dinner and falling asleep to the sounds of nature. We highly recommend Maunga Iti to everyone looking for a magical getaway. We will definitely be back. Thanks Ira and Stefan."
Amanda and Hone (16 February 2015)