Tourist tent accommodation sparks interest at Fieldays

Glamping operators can charge $200 to $500 a night depending on what they offer.
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Glamping operators can charge $200 to $500 a night depending on what they offer.

There has been huge interest in glamping​ at Fieldays, with farmers looking to utilise their land as an alternative income. 

Glamping​, "glamorous camping" is a form of accommodation with more luxurious facilities compared to your traditional camping. 

Safari Tents NZ offer a range of tents, made from wooden pole frames and fabric. The business has been running for two years in the Hawke's Bay.

A tent in a decent spot to attract tourists could provide a secondary income for farmers.
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A tent in a decent spot to attract tourists could provide a secondary income for farmers.

Owner James Lamb said the concept is very new to New Zealand.

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"A lot of people are coming here and seeing it for the first time. 

The wooden framed tents can sleep up to seven.
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The wooden framed tents can sleep up to seven.

"Others are coming to us and have an idea of what they want but don't know where to start. So they're seeing our tents and saying, this is what we've been looking for and that's what we need."

He said the glamping experience has taken off in the last 12 to 18 months.

"I think it's because of the lack of beds for tourists and it's also a good income on the side for farmers."

Safari Tents owner James Lamb said farmers are showing huge interest for their tents at Fieldays.
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Safari Tents owner James Lamb said farmers are showing huge interest for their tents at Fieldays.

He said glamping on a farm allows tourists to see parts of New Zealand they might not typically see on the tourist route. 

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"Tourists are getting to see parts of New Zealand which you can only access by staying in places like this on farms.

"For farmers, depending on the location, views, accessibility, local attractions and furnishings can go between $200 to $500 a night. 

James Lamb said tents could also work as an alternative to a bach.
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James Lamb said tents could also work as an alternative to a bach.

"The return on investment is amazing."

Lamb said they have been "flat out" during Fieldays, with lots of enquiries.

"There will be purchases as a result. People are going away to find out what size tent they need, and how many they want and requirements.

"Farming can be so up and down, tourism is steady."

Another market is families who have a section at the beach. 

"People that have had a rusty old caravan at the beach for years are looking to put on a safari tent to use for their summer holidays, instead of building a $300,000 to $400,000 bach."

The safari tent on display at Fieldays is a 5X7 metre tent, with a nine metre roof.

They supply everything other than the floor, and can also fill the inside with walls, a kitchen, beds and accessories. 

Lamb said the standard kit form would cost around $17,000 plus GST.

"You could live in it also, put a wood burner stove in it, there's no reason you couldn't.

"Depending on where you are, we have clients with decomposting loos, solar for electric and gas for water. You can go completely off the grid."

 - Stuff

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