Tarata Tent

Tarata Tent

Kāwhia Harbour, Waikato

Tarata Tent is 1 hour and 30 minutes from Hamilton and 2 hours and 45 minutes from Auckland City. It shares the same property as Tarata Cabin.

Located on the beautiful Kāwhia Harbour, this is the ideal romantic getaway for couples.

The large African Safari-style tent features glass windows and French doors, creating a seamless connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces and the magical views of the harbour.

Inside the tent, you'll find a bedroom, kitchen and a lounging area with a fireplace. The semi-outdoor covered bathroom can be accessed from indoors.

Step onto the deck where you can cook alfresco while enjoying the golden hues of sunset. There is also a wood-fired pizza oven with beanbags for lounging. After your meal, the wood-fired tub beckons. To add to the ambience, let the melodious calls of kereru, tui, and ruru serenade you, or visit the resident glow worms at dark!

Tarata Tent is more than a place to stay, it's an invitation to reconnect with nature. Sink in, let worries dissolve, and drift back to nature's sanctuary.

FROM $450 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $40 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.


885a Te Waitere Road, Taharoa 3988


Tarata Tent is one 1 hour and 30 minutes from Hamilton and 2 hours and 45 minutes from Auckland City. 

Follow the Google Maps directions to the address.

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's details 5-days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • eating and drinking

    Tarata Tent is self-catering. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the two-burner gas stove top and pizza oven provided in the outdoor undercover kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you fancy a meal out, Toi Toi Cafe is a 25-minute drive away and has great coffee and Denheath Custard Squares. Make sure you ring ahead to check opening hours though! 

    A little further afield is the Kāwhia Fish and Chip shop.

    Taharoa has a simple dairy offering basic supplies and a limited selection of takeaway food options, just a 15-minute drive away. There is also a convenience store in Ōpārau, 40 minutes drive away and the nearest full supermarket is in Otorohanga.

  • things to do

    With board games, cards, and a stunning view to soak up, once you get to the tent, you'll find you won't want to leave.

    If you want to get out and about though, there's plenty to explore.

    If beaches are your thing, check out the local options! Marokopa Beach is a stunning black sand West Coast beach - about a 40-minute drive away. Kāwhia Hot Water Beach is a bit further afield but a real gem. To experience the hot water, take a shovel and get digging. The hot water is accessible two hours before and two hours after low tide. Kiritehere Fossil Beach has 200 million-year-old fossils of shells in the rocks at the South end of the beach. If you're going fossil hunting, go when the tide is out. Finally, Waikawau Tunnel Beach is accessed by walking through a tunnel. The tunnel was originally used for exchanging goods with ships in the harbour. 

    A fantastic outing from the cabin involves a visit to the Marokopa Falls (about 30 minutes away) at sunset, followed by a walk to the Piripiri caves as it starts to get dark. When you arrive at the Mangapohue natural bridge, you'll walk along the river and see thousands of glowworms emerge as darkness falls.

    The famous Waitomo Caves is about 1.5 hours from Te Waitere.

  • your hosts

    Your hosts at Tarata Tent are Kirstie and Michael Klingenberg.

    Kirstie and Michael bought the property on the edge of Kawhia Harbour in 2019 as a peaceful retreat from their busy lives. They are both passionate about restoring the native forest and wildlife, experiencing the beauty of New Zealand's diverse landscapes and sharing this with others.

    Kirstie and Michael have meticulously crafted their two accommodations, Tarata Cabin and Tarata Tent, with love and care for others to enjoy.

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