Glamorous camping proves popular in Waitomo

Emily and Benjamin Scott are taking the stress away from camping with their new business Waitomo Hilltop Glamping.
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Emily and Benjamin Scott are taking the stress away from camping with their new business Waitomo Hilltop Glamping.

Most days you'd be hard pressed to find an Aucklander holidaying on a farm.

But Emily and Benjamin Scott have created a rural retreat which they hope will attract even the most city of city slickers.

The couple's new business Waitomo Hilltop Glamping removes all the hassle of camping, so there's only the best bits left to enjoy.

Two claw foot baths sit on a wooden deck, water is heated from wetback fire.
KELLY HODEL / STUFF

Two claw foot baths sit on a wooden deck, water is heated from wetback fire.

“It takes away the uncomfortable mattress, packing the gear and setting up the tent, but still includes all of the enjoyable aspects like toasting marshmallows on the fire and the outdoors,” Emily said.

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The glampsite is perched on one of the highest points of a 500 hectare, third generation family farm and includes 360 degree views.

The safari tent was custom made in South Africa and is insulated for added warmth in the cooler months.
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The safari tent was custom made in South Africa and is insulated for added warmth in the cooler months.

The first guests are booked to arrive on Friday and the site is fully booked for nine days afterwards.

There isn't a free weekend until April next year, Emily said.

"I've had a lot of inquiries for anniversary and birthday weekends and for engagement and wedding gifts."

The glampsite is situated on a 500 hectare, third generation family farm.
KELLY HODEL / STUFF

The glampsite is situated on a 500 hectare, third generation family farm.

Aucklanders love to getaway from Auckland, Benjamin said.

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"It's not far to travel from Auckland to getaway and see the country," Emily said.

"In two and a half hours they can escape the city, without having to compromise on comfort or luxury."

The site includes expansive views in every direction, including views of Mt Pirongia.
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The site includes expansive views in every direction, including views of Mt Pirongia.

As well as Aucklanders, the glampsite has been popular with tourists and local farmers, Emily said.

"A lot of farmers can't afford to leave and take the time off the farm, so this is a nice alternative for them to have a break."

A lot of foreign people also like the stock aspect, Benjamin said.

The couple moved down from Auckland in June last year onto Benjamin's parent's farm.

"When we moved down here I wasn't sure what I was going to do," Emily said.

"I looked around but there weren't a lot of jobs other than the meat works and I wasn't very good at farming.

"We'd been glamping before in Auckland and liked it, so thought we'd give it a go."

The safari tent was custom made in South Africa and is insulated for added warmth in the cooler months.

"I researched a lot online and this one was the best I could find," Emily said.

The tent has two rooms, a main living and sleeping room and a bathroom with a flushing toilet, full shower and basin.

The couple crafted the vanity themselves using rimu.

Emily's favourite aspect of the glampsite is the outdoor, claw foot baths, which are set on a wooden platform overlooking the countryside.

There is no electricity at the glampsite. The water in the bathroom and kitchen is heated by gas, but the outdoor bath water is heated by fire.

"It's not just somewhere to stay, it's an experience," Benjamin said.

"You've got to light your pizza and bath fires and leave them for a couple of hours to heat and then prepare your food."

"There's plenty to do, but it's peaceful and private," Emily said.

"It's an intimate getaway."

The glampsite can sleep up to four people and is charged out at $300 a night.

 - Stuff

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