'Glamping' family well set up at Urenui
Mudflat exploring, hangi, kayaking and refreshing dips in the river are all part of the "Kronfeld Christmas Glamping" experience.
The Kronfeld family travelled from Auckland, Paraparaumu and New Plymouth to Urenui Beach Camp for a spot of glamour camping, or "glamping" over Christmas.
For the Auckland branch of the family camping was a first, but they said they could easily make it an annual event.
Family member Ana Karipa said Christmas Day had been pretty quiet.
"Yesterday we had the place to ourselves," she said.
Their communal tent comfortably accommodated 14 family members lounging inside and was decorated with tinsel and solar-powered Christmas lights.
The family was impressed by the facilities the camp had to offer, but joked the only disappointment was not being allowed to dig a hole for their hangi.
Ms Karipa said she had picked up a second-hand table and chairs for $1, and they even had a fold-out couch in the tent.
They had walked around the camp to scope out other people's campsites and concluded theirs was the best, she said.
"It's glamping, Kronfeld Christmas Glamping."
Ms Karipa said there was plenty to do at Urenui.
"The river is safe if you know where to swim.
"There's also heaps of wildlife out on the mudflats. I've been teaching the kids how to tell the sex of a crab."
Wikipedia describes glamping as a growing global phenomenon that combines camping with the luxury and amenities of a home or hotel.
Taranaki Daily News