Slipper Island, Coromandel
Luxury tents on Slipper Island
Slipper Island is a small, private island, just three kilometres to the east of the Coromandel Peninsula and easily accessed via a short, 15 minute water taxi ride from Tairua or Pauanui.
A stay on Slipper Island is a unique opportunity to enjoy a secluded slice of kiwi island paradise. The stylishly decorated, two room luxury tents are set just a few steps from a beautiful, white sand beach. Both are situated to enjoy sensational views over the ocean and back toward the hills of the Coromandel Peninsula.
Each tent has its own ensuite toilet, basin and shower situated at the back of the tent, and come with the use of the Slipper Island Lodge for communal cooking, socialising and dining.
The tents are positioned with privacy in mind, and set a good distance apart. They can be rented separately - by two different groups at a time, or both tents can be rented by a single group. This is the ideal site for a group holiday. The tents are large and roomy, providing a very comfortable hang out space. A covered deck to the front of the tents is the perfect place for a morning cup of coffee or watching the sun sink behind the Coromandel Ranges at the end of the day.
For really large groups, or people that prefer four walls, Slipper Island also has four chalets that can be rented too.
There is lots for the adventurous to do. Beautiful safe sandy beaches and crystal clear water for swimming and snorkelling, and sheltered bays for kayaking and scuba divers - are all at your doorstep.
For those interested in land based activities, the 217 hectares that is part of Slipper Island provides stunning coastal walks, amazing vistas and plenty of exploring. The dotterels have chosen the Slipper Island beaches as their home, and kakas can be often seen flying amongst the pohutakawa.
Whether you're making the most of the activities, or want a glamping getaway to wind-down and relax, Slipper Island is the perfect island escape. Salt air, white sand, ocean breeze... and there's nothing quite like the sound of waves on a beach to lull you off to sleep...
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Top Hut, Coromandel
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Phoenix Valley, Tauranga
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Birch Hill, Central Hawke's Bay
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Ridge Top Farm, Manawatu
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River's Edge Retreat, Martinborough
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Kissing Gate, Nelson
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Honeywell Hut, Motueka
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The Hexagon, West Coast
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Lavericks Bay, Banks Peninsula
With the luxury campsite a 15 min walk down to a beautiful secluded beach, glamping at Lavericks Bay in the Banks Peninsula is something pretty special. Enjoy long, warm days swimming and playing in the soft sand on the safe beach. Bring your bikes and explore the farm tracks or take your kayak out for an afternoon... all followed up by a hearty camp cook-up at the end of the day.
Check Availability and Book - Slipper Island, Coromandel
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.
Slipper Island has a standard minimum stay period of two nights. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend and Queens Birthday Weekend etc is 2 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 3 nights.
Rates and Extras
MINIMUM STAY PERIODS
Slipper Island has a standard minimum stay period of two nights. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 2 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 3 nights.
There are two luxury tents available on Slipper Island which can be booked separately. Each tent can accommodate up to two adults and two children under 6 on the sofa bed, or up to two adults and a one additional adult or child over 6 on the sofa bed.
The standard nightly rate per tent is $350 for two adults.
Up to two children under 6 can stay for no additional charge on the fold down sofa in the second room of the tent.
Up to one additional adult (or child 6 years and over) can stay for an additional $25 per night on the fold down sofa in the second room of the tent.
Please note, the sofa bed folds out to the size of a king single bed. It's large enough for two small children (6 or under), but will only fit one larger child or adult.
Access to Slipper Island is by the Slipper Island Water Taxi service, or your own boat.
Water Taxi Service - If you need the water taxi service, the cost for a return trip is $150 per tent. Please select this during the online booking process. Prior to your trip, the team at Slipper Island will contact you to arrange a pick up time that suits you, as well as the tides.
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 Slipper Island 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.
Access to the tents on Slipper Island is via water taxi, helicopter or by your own boat. The water taxi leaves from the Tairua's Paku Marina or the wharf at Pauanui and takes about 15 minutes subject to sea and weather conditions. You can park your car at the marina for the duration of your stay at no charge.
Departure times will vary because the water taxi is subject to the weather conditions and tide on the given day. It may not always be possible to leave at the scheduled time, and delays of up to 1 - 2 hours are not uncommon. In rare cases, the water taxi may not be able to go at all, and your stay may have to be cancelled. A full refund will be available if this were to happen.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check-in is 3pm
Check-out is by 11am
There are two luxury glamping tents on Slipper Island each sleeping up to four people (two adults and two children, or three adults). Each tent has its own barbeque and ensuite bathroom, with a small cassette toilet, shower and basin.
The campsite facilities also include a separate lodge with a lounge and kitchen for the use of glamping guests, situated approximately 50 metres from the tents. The lodge is a communal space, and rooms within the lodge may also be rented by other island guests. It has a large, communal kitchen (including fridge, stove and a full set of cooking equipment), guest lounge and dining areas.
The tents can be rented separately, with shared use of the lodge facilities - or if you have a larger group, rent both tents and enjoy your own group camping retreat.
Slipper Island is off-the-grid, with solar panels providing power to the island. The power in the tents is solar and there are USB plugs for charging devices.
Potable water is a precious commodity - with rain water collection tanks supply water for drinking, washing and showering.
TENT SLEEPING & BED ARRANGEMENT
Each tent on Slipper Island can sleep a total of two adults and two children, or up to three adults. There is a queen-size bed with views of the ocean, and a fold-down sofa in the second tent room suitable for up to two children or one additional adult.
Cotton linen, natural fibre 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 swimming in the ocean.
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.
Your hosts at Slipper Island, also run a water taxi service to get to there. The water taxi departs from Tairua's Paku Marina or the wharf at Pauanui, and takes about 15 minutes depending on sea and weather conditions. You can park your car for the duration of your stay at the marina. Departure times will vary because the water taxi is subject to the weather conditions and tide on the given day. It may not always be possible to leave at the scheduled time, and delays of up to 1 - 2 hours are not uncommon. Please note, that on rare occasions, weather and sea conditions mean that the water taxi service is unable to operate. If this prevents your stay, a full refund will be provided.
If you have your own boat, you can make your own way to Slipper Island.
ADDRESS FOR WATER TAXI DEPARTURE POINT
12 The Marina, Tairua, Coromandel
Public Wharf, Pauanui
You'll find the Tairua Marina departure point by following the directions below. Your hosts will liaise with you regarding a specific meet up point just prior to your stay. You can also print out a handy info sheet for your stay at Slipper Island here.
Eating and Drinking
Slipper Island is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook your meals using either your own tent barbeque, or the facilities provided in the lodge kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.
It's important to bring all the food you need for your stay! Tairua has a range of shops, including a butcher, bakery, health food store, chemist and liquor store. There is also a Four Square grocery store in both Tairua and Pauanui that you can stop off at for supplies.
Things To Do
Beautiful safe sandy beaches, scuba diving at your doorstep, sheltered bays for kayaking and beginner snorkelers, interesting rocky outcrops further around the coast for exploring - there is lots for the adventurous to do
For those interested in land based activities, the 217 hectares that is part of Slipper Island provides stunning coastal walks, amazing vistas and plenty of exploring. The dotterels have chosen the Slipper Island beaches as their home and we often see kakas flying amongst the pohutakawa.
Slipper Island or 'Whakahau' is a privately owned island, three kilometres off the Coromandel coast.
The island itself has an interesting history. Evidence of Maori occupation includes pa sites, pits, terracing, midden, obsidian (probably brought in from neighbouring Mayor Island) and other artefacts. With its ready access to fresh water, suitable agricultural areas, coastal resources, and excellent defensive positions, Slipper Island appears to have been permanently occupied. The first European owners started farming Slipper Island in the mid to late 1800s.
Slipper Island continues to be a working sheep and beef farm. Under the new ownership Slipper Island has embarked on an exciting eco restoration with Stage One being the fencing and restoration of a unique wetland environment.
Slipper Island's guest management team are a fabulous bunch, committed to making your stay memorable.
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 Occasionally, due to adverse weather conditions and sea conditions, the water taxi for Slipper Island is unable to operate. If your stay is affected by this, you will have the option to postpone your stay or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable (unless cancellation is due to water taxi being unable to sail), 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. Slipper Island is a working farm and has an endangered Dotterel bird population, and therefore is 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 consultation 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 Slipper Island. We publish these comments verbatim.
"So peaceful & relaxing- the views from the tent were amazing!"
Kelly (1 May 2017)
"Slipper Island is a gorgeous spot and retains the unspoilt, non-commercialised New Zealand that many of us grew up with and love. Glamping offers a simple but very comfortable style of holiday in the midst of quiet beauty. Highly recommend."
(6 March 2017)
"Absolutely stunning, peaceful setting, great hosts and great communal facilities."
(20 January 2017)
"This is a wonderful location, the hosts are friendly and helpful, lots to do kayaking, walking, swimming, fishing and we were even lucky enough to have a pod of dolphins visit the bay while we were there. Amazing!"
Joy Hirst (13 January 2017)
"We had the most amazing time at slipper island.. after the most amazing wedding in Hahei, slipper island was perfect to unwind and begin our adventure as mr and mrs... the tents are amazing and perfectly situated right by the beach which makes shutting your tent windows hard as you don't want to block out the view... so amazing!! The pictures don't do it enough justice.. plenty of walks to do around the island. But even just lying on the beach with a good book is enough.. Brian and Fiona were amazing hosts .. we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back again with our friends without a doubt!!"
Jasmine Peek (16 December 2016)
"Fiona and Brian were amazing hosts, breathtaking setting, very peaceful - could keep to yourself easily enough - so clean and well equipped."
(6 December 2016)