'Glamping' opens the farm gates

Last updated 08:44 02/04/2013

FRESH FIELDS: Call for farmers to open paddocks to a popular new tourism initiative.

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Farmers wanting to pocket some extra cash could benefit from a tourism fad hitting New Zealand.

"Glamping" - glamorous camping - has proved popular in Britain, North America and Australia.

New Kiwi tourist ventures banking on glamping are calling for farmers and rural landowners to host domestic and international glamp-loving travellers.

Kapiti Coast company Canopy Camping Escapes hopes the fad will take off, not only with visitors but also with farmers looking to diversify their income.

Co-founders Liz Henderson and Sonia Minnaar say the company delivers a ready-made, cost-effective and novel tourism concept that farmers or rural landowners can set up quickly and run with minimal hassle.

The company sets up campsites, manages the marketing, bookings, payments and much of the administration on behalf of the landowners.

Farmers can choose to close campsites during busy times of the farming year.

The company said glamping allowed international and domestic tourists to experience some of the most beautiful and untouched parts of New Zealand.

"It's all about giving tourists an opportunity to go camping on beautiful pieces of private land - without the hassle," Henderson said.

"As a country renowned for the quality of the food we produce on the land, it's also a chance to connect with the farmers who produce it," she said.

Rural landowners interested in finding out more about the new tourism approach can visit www.canopycamping.co.nz.

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