Birch Hill, Central Hawke's Bay
Glamping at Birch Hill Station
Birch Hill Station is the quintessential Central Hawke's Bay sheep and beef farm. Accessible to both Auckland and Wellington - it's perfectly situated for families or friends to gather for a country escape.
The luxury campsite is set on a sheltered and picturesque corner of the farm. Ideal for groups, the site can accommodate up to 9 people, in one large wooden-framed tent and two smaller 'sleeper' tents. A fantastic fully enclosed kitchen, dining and camp lounge provides a communal gathering area.
Stunning views from the front of the site stretch out over the rolling farmland of the Porangahau countryside. The back of the site is ringed with mature kanuka and pine trees dotted with hammocks for lounging in the hot summer weather. A gully behind these trees makes the perfect exploring spot for kids, while parents relax with a cool beverage, and enjoy the sun setting on the amber hills. By day you'll see and hear the distant farm animals and native birds. At night you'll hear owls (morepork) and see amazing stars in the clear country skies.
If canvas walls aren't for you, or you're traveling with a larger group, Libby and Ben also have cosy cottage accommodation which you can book too!
With 15km of safe, great quality fenced farm tracks, Birch Hill Station is an outdoor paradise for active people. 1300 hectares of scenic farmland and native bush offer great variety for walkers or mountain bikers.
If you prefer a less active glamping holiday, enjoy a quiet picnic by the stream, and wile away the time with a good book, listening to the sound of native birds in the bush surrounds.
The surrounding area is great to explore too! Within 20 minutes drive of the property you'll find the place with the longest place name in the world - Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (try saying that!). You'll also find Porangahau village and the stunning Porangahau beach for some summertime swimming action - or wintertime beach walks.
Maunga Iti, Tutukaka Coast
Maunga Iti, meaning 'little hills' in Maori, is a large bush block just inland from the stunning Tutukaka coastline. At an easy 2 1/4 hour drive from Auckland, this delectable slice of kiwi paradise makes the perfect escape for weary city folk looking to recharge and relax. Perfect for couples, the luxury tent sits on a hill with a dreamy view overlooking bush and ocean.
Highfield Forest Retreat, Kauri Coast
The campsite at Highfield Forest Retreat is set in a dappled glade, in mature native forest on the edge of Highfield Farm. The site features a luxury tent, beautiful kauri hut and an outdoor bath in a rocky grotto, nestled amongst the bush and fern covered ground. Just 2.5 hours from Auckland, it makes a great weekend glamping escape.
Castaways, Karioitahi Beach
Castaways Resort is a spectacular coastal property in the South Western corner of Auckland, just 50 minutes drive from the CBD. Glamping at Castaways is the perfect couples escape. You'll instantly unwind in this truly restful and romantic spot. With your gourmet dinner and breakfast included in the package, all you need to think about is getting yourself there - the rest is taken care of.
Top Hut, Coromandel
Top Hut is situated on a remote bush block on the Coromandel Peninsula. The luxurious one room tree top hut is a complete escape from everyday life. Relax and soak up the serenity in this tranquil place, with long evenings out on the hut deck, toasting marshmallows on the chiminea under twinkling vintage string lights.
Built into the hillside on a beautifully landscaped corner of the farm, this unique hobbit-style house has been a family secret for 15 years. The ambience of candle-light, the warmth of a coal range fire and hand crafted native timbers, offer guests a rustic, cosy and tranquil escape from the modern world.
Phoenix Valley, Tauranga
Bay of Plenty
Situated just 15 minutes from Tauranga, the luxury campsite at Phoenix Valley is set in a magic location. Nestled into a fir tree forest, it's perfectly positioned to capture views of the towering pumice cliffs, and the crystal clear stream running along the valley floor. Your own private swimming hole and a luxurious outdoor shower and bath set into the trees, complete what is a truly unique outdoor experience.
Chattan Farm, Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty
Chattan Farm is a serene and peaceful haven. 300 hectares of native bush with multiple marked and mapped tracks, make this a walkers or riders paradise. (Chattan Farm welcomes riders and their horses too!) Nearly predator-free, bird life thrives and glampers will awake in their luxurious canvas tent - to the sound of a heavenly dawn chorus.
Te Rata, Lake Tarawera
Te Rata is set on Department of Conservation (DOC) land at Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera. It's right in the heart of the thermal Rotorua district, just 20 minutes from Rotorua. The lake edge steams with thermally heated water... the perfect place for soaking your worries away...
Maggie the Caravan, Ohiwa Beach
Bay of Plenty
Maggie is our beautifully decorated, roomy and comfortable 1972 Crusader caravan. And she's available to rent at the iconic Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park, 35 minutes from the Bay of Plenty summer hub, Ohope. Just pack like you're going on a beach bach holiday - all the camping gear you need for a comfortable camping holiday is provided.
Tuki Tuki Valley, Hawke's Bay
A stay at Tuki Tuki Valley, in the Hawke's Bay gives you the best of both worlds... You'll feel immersed in the peace of the countryside, while just being a few minutes from vineyards, cafes and the charming town of Havelock North. The campsite is ideal for a couple or family. And, there's no need to leave your furry family member at home - dogs are welcome too!
Birch Hill, Central Hawke's Bay
Birch Hill Station is the quintessential Central Hawkes Bay sheep and beef farm. Accessible to both Auckland and Wellington - it's perfectly situated for groups of families or friends to gather for a country escape. The campsite consists of three luxury tents and a fantastic fully enclosed kitchen and camp lounge.
Ridge Top Farm, Manawatu
Glamping at Ridge Top Farm will give you a chance to experience rural NZ like never before. Try some clay bird shooting, take the kids to feed the chooks, do the marked tramp over farmland with sensational views, and relax around the campfire with a glass of wine at the end of it all.
Kapiti Island is a bird and nature lovers paradise. Whether local or visiting from overseas, seeing native birds and kiwi in their natural habitat, is an experience not to be missed. The luxury tent is located near the Kapiti Island Lodge, surrounded by nature. Delicious meals are included in the overall package for your stay, as well as all ferries, DOC permits, and a fantastic night kiwi-spotting walk with an experienced guide.
River's Edge Retreat, Martinborough
Just 10 minutes from popular Wairarapa holiday town, Martinborough, River's Edge makes the ideal place for a couples escape. The luxury tent is set on the edge of a quiet, tree-lined river that runs through a pretty farm property. The front of the tent has a large glass door frontage, which offers a beautiful river-side view.
Fossickers Hut, Marlborough
Fossickers Hut is situated near small, historic, gold-mining town, Canvastown, on the main route to Nelson from either Picton or Blenhiem. The pioneer-style hut is tucked into native bush, perched on a bluff above the serene Wakamarina River. An old coal range in the lean-to kitchen, and outdoor, fire-heated bath, add to the historic vibe.
Kissing Gate, Nelson
Kissing Gate is nestled on a 7 acre farmlet, set amongst a glade beside a pond, surrounded by peaceful countryside. Based in the beautiful Mapua district, its just 30 minutes from the centre of Nelson and 16 minutes to Motueka. The campsite is made up of two vintage caravans, Ruby and Pearl, and a settlers' cottage style bathroom and kitchen.
Honeywell Hut, Motueka
Honeywell Hut is just 50 minutes from popular Motueka, and just over 1 hour from Nelson. Set on a large and dramatic sheep and beef farm, Honeywell Hut has all the style of a back country musterer's hut. The one room hut has been loving restored over the years by owners, Fiona and Richard, with a ton of creative, rustic charm.
Camp Kekerengu, Kaikoura Coast
Camp Kekerengu is set on the majestic Kaikoura Coast, sheep and beef farm, Ngaio Downs. Situated three hours from Christchurch, half way between Blenheim and Kaikoura, you'll feel a million miles from anywhere as you gaze out to the ocean from your luxury tent. With three large tents, sleeping up to 11, this is the perfect campsite for groups.
The Hexagon, West Coast
The Hexagon is an off-the-grid rustic hut, originally built by an astrologer over 30 years ago. Native timber planks line the walls and ceiling and hand-made stained glass windows offer stunning views of the ocean, coastline and bush surrounds. Just 10 minutes from the famous 'Pancake Rocks', The Hexagon is the perfect place to stop and rest on your way up or down the wild West Coast.
Hurunui Jacks, West Coast
Hurunui Jacks is a magical property on the South Island's West Coast. Surrounded by virgin native bush and bordering the pretty Kaniere River, glampers will find plenty to do and see. Go trout fishing on the lake, enjoy some delicious whitebait fritters - and savour absolute peace in an outdoor bath under the stars. Hurunui Jacks is situated right on the West Coast Wilderness cycle trail.
Lavericks Bay, Banks Peninsula
With the luxury campsite a 15 min walk down to a beautiful secluded beach, glamping at Lavericks Bay in the Banks Peninsula is something pretty special. Enjoy long, warm days swimming and playing in the soft sand on the safe beach. Bring your bikes and explore the farm tracks or take your kayak out for an afternoon... all followed up by a hearty camp cook-up at the end of the day.
Check Availability and Book - Birch Hill, Central Hawke's Bay
A 10% deposit is charged during the booking process. The deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Birch Hill has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, and one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main January holiday period. There is a one night stay surcharge of $30. If you only want one midweek night, please select this option during the booking process.
Rates and Extras
Birch Hill has a standard minimum booking period of two nights, however they do allow single nights during the week outside the peak holiday period of 20 December to 31 January. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Easter, Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend and Queens Birthday Weekend etc is 3 nights.
Summer season (1 September - 30 May):
The standard nightly rate for summer is $240 for up to two people.
Additional people are $40 per adult, per night and $10 per child (under 16), per night. Babies under one year are free.
Maximum number of people over the summer season is 9.
Midweek one night stays are allowed outside of the main holiday period (20 Dec - 31 Jan) and have a single night surcharge of $30.
Winter season (1 June - 31 August):
The standard nightly rate for winter is $200 (couples only).
Maximum number of people over the winter season is 2.
Midweek one night stays have a single night surcharge of $30.
HOW TO BOOK AND PAY
The quickest way to check availability and book is by using our online booking calendar. This is always up-to-date. Find the date that suits you, then click Book Now. You'll be taken through the booking process in a few easy steps.
During the booking process, you’ll be asked to pay a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and deposit payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. This explains how to pay the remainder of your balance, which is due 4 weeks prior to your arrival date. If you’ve booked within this timeframe, the full balance will be due straight away. We’ll provide bank account details for payment by Internet Banking deposit in the email, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a 2.5% surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Birch Hill or any Canopy Camping Escapes glamping site. These are provided in electronic format, for you to print out and pop in a greeting card for the lucky recipient. Read more about our gift vouchers, including how to purchase one, here.
The campsite and cottage have excellent, drive on access with parking right next to the kitchen area for ease of packing and unpacking. Because your car is so handy, you can come and go from the property any time you please to either explore the local area or head off to the beach - just 20 minutes down the road.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check-in is between 3pm - 7pm. A later arrival can be negotiated, but there are strictly no check-ins after 9.30pm at night.
Check-out is by 11am on the day of departure.
TENTS & BED LAYOUT
There are three tents available during the summer season to accommodate larger groups. The campsite is only ever used by one group at a time - whether there are two or nine of you! We think the campsite best suits either 2 or 3 couples, 2 families holidaying together or a group of up to 6-9 adult singles, depending on sleeping and sharing preferences.
Tent One is a large wooden-framed tent with a 24sqm wooden floor space, sleeping up to 5 people. There is one queen size bed, a sofa bed (which can make either 2 singles or one king) and a single trundle bed.
Tent Two is a luxury, standing height, pup tent. It has a 3.3m x 3.3m floor space and comfortably accommodates a queen size bed.
Tent Three is a slightly smaller luxury, standing height, pup tent. It fits two single beds.
Birch Hill is completely off-the-grid, so has no electric power source. Energy for hot water and cooking is supplied via LPG gas bottles. Lighting is provided via solar powered lanterns that double as portable torches. These can be hung inside tents via hooks.
- The camp kitchen is spacious and well equipped, with hot and cold water, ample storage and plenty of bench space. There are BBQ and 2-burner gas ring facilities available for cooking.
- There is a fully enclosed group lounging and dining area
- The camp bathroom has a separate flushing toilet, with a sink, and a double-head shower (rain head and standard)
- An outdoor cast iron, claw foot bath in private open air "bath house" has unimpeded views of the countryside
- A private outdoor bush shower is available - with luxurious rain head
- A large chilly-bin is supplied for cool food storage and cold pack replacements are kept in the glamper's fridge freezer in the vehicle shed, which you can access anytime. A fridge/freezer and washing machine are available a 5-10 minute walk away from the site in implement shed and farm cottage
- Mobile phone reception and a solar powered phone and tablet charger is available at the campsite
- A solar powered music player is supplied at the site (with bluetooth).
Beds are made up with 100% cotton linen and wool duvets.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink - make sure you bring all the food and drink you need for your stay, including tea, coffee, cooking oil etc
- An extra chilly-bin - if you're a large group, you might find it handy to have an extra chilly-bin on hand
- Walking shoes or boots - if you're keen to explore the farm on foot
- Warm clothes - it can be very chilly in the mornings and at night. A warm jersey and long pants are a must.
- Shower and bath toiletries
- Insect repellent and Sunscreen
- Extra torches - we supply plenty of lanterns and some solar powered lights but it pays to bring a few extra torches. Head torches can be particularly handy.
- Sleeping bags for children on the fold out couch/trundler bed - we supply a bottom sheet, pillow case and pillow for children or full linen if requested. Extra duvets are available.
- Towels for swimming - bring some spare beach towels for taking off the property to swim.
- Mountain bikes - bring your bikes and explore the many tracks around the farm.
Birch Hill is a working sheep and beef farm, so for the safety of all concerned it’s very important to follow the safety guidelines and terms that you’ll find in our booking terms and in your Tent Information Pack. These terms and guidelines include:
- Visitors to the farm stay at their own risk. This is a working farm with hazards both farm related (ie. machinery and animals) and natural (ie. Ongaonga/stinging nettle)
- Leave gates as you find them
- Avoid unnecessarily disturbing stock on the property
- Extreme caution driving in and out of the property
- Supervise young children carefully. There are specific water hazards for young children on the property such as water troughs and dams.
- For your own safety please do not touch any farm machinery, and do not enter the farm buildings on the property.
987 Wilder Road
RD1 Porangahau 4291
You can print a handy info sheet with directions here.
Directions from Waipukurau:
If you drive into Waipukurau from Dannevirke: after you have crossed the railway lines, veer right down the main road (Ruataniwha St) until you reach the roundabout (BNZ on the left). You will see a sign saying Porangahau right. Turn right to follow the sign.
If you drive into Waipukurau from Waipawa, pass Caltex on your left & you'll come to a big roundabout with a sign saying Porangahau straight through.
Go straight through the next round about. You are now on Porangahau Rd which you'll follow all the way out until you reach Wilder Road. It'll take you about 25 mins from Waipuk to the start of Wilder Rd and another 10mins to our farm from there. As of August 2014 we now have cell phone reception on the farm and around Porangahau.
• After about 10 mins you'll pass the Wanstead Pub on your right
• Lake Road to the right
• Ugly Hill Road to the right
• Bush Road to the left
• Wallingford Rd to the left, over Wallingford Bridge
• Pass Wallingford Homestead to the right
• Blackhead Rd to the left
• Old Hill Rd to the left
Wilder Road is the next right about 2Km after you pass Old Hill Rd. It is sealed for the first 2km and then gravel for the remaining 8km (but fairly straight).
Birch Hill Station is at the very end of Wilder Rd - you'll literally drive straight onto the farm and there is a 'Birch Hill' sign on the right. Directly to the left of the sign is our drive way (to a brown house with a tennis court in front).
Eating and Drinking
Birch Hill is self-catering. Just bring your own food and chilly-bin and cook meals using the BBQ and facilities provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Porangahau Village is a 15 minute drive away and does some great Fish and Chips! For a special meal out try either Chapelwick or Wallingford Homestead, who take bookings by arrangement.
The nearest dairy for basic supplies is in Porangahau Village, and the nearest supermarket is in Waipukurau, a 35 minute drive away.
Things To Do
ON THE PROPERTY...
- Soak in the outdoor bath
- Have an outdoor shower in the fresh air
- Relax in a hammock with a good book while the kids entertain themselves with the sandpit, paddling pool and sprinkler
- Grab your gumboots and enjoy a peaceful meander up the rocky stream
- Battle it out over a board game
- Walk or bike the many farm tracks and take in the views
- Have a game of petanque, outdoor darts or good ol' fashioned swing ball
- Stargaze at night with the telescope provided
- Roast marshmallows on the outdoor fire.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- The longest place name in the world (Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu), Porangahau village and Porangahau beach are all within a 20 minute drive from the farm.
- Grab some great fish and chips at the Duke of Edinburgh pub in Porangahau
- Porangahau beach is 5km further on from the village. It is 8km long and fantastic for walking – especially on a calm day!
- Bring your clubs and visit the Porangahau Country Club (by the beach) for a round of golf. The course is excellent and it's only $10 a round. If tennis is more your thing, bring your racquets. There is are 4 astro-turf tennis courts where visitors are welcome to play for a gold coin donation. You can also hire clubs & racquets at the beach.
- Visit one of our nearby historic homesteads; Wallingford and Chapelwick Coastal Estate. Both provide morning or afternoon tea and a homestead & garden tour for $15 per person. They also do lunches & dinners by arrangement.
- Go a little further afield for some other beautiful and fairly deserted beaches in the area. Whangaehu is 45 minutes away, but has a lagoon that's great for kids.
A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD:
Toward Waipukurau/Waipawa and north to Hawkes Bay proper and all within a 1.5 hour drive you'll find:
- The Central Hawke's Bay Settlers Museum.
- Trails along the Tuki Tuki river for walking
- The interesting and varied shops, vineyards and restaurants of Havelock North, Hastings, Napier and Te Awanga
Birch Hill Station is a family owned sheep and beef farm in Porangahau, Central Hawkes Bay, run by Ben and Libby Tosswill. They will be your hosts during your stay.
Ben and Libby left their banking jobs in the bright lights of London in 2009 to run their own farming business and raise their children free-range, back home in Hawkes Bay.
Ben's parents, Bruce and Julie, farmed here for almost 40 years, transforming it from mostly scrub and gorse into a beautiful sheep and beef farm. They fenced off 850 acres of bush and left plenty of trees and bush around the farm to prevent erosion and ensure that stock have excellent shade and shelter.
Birch Hill is 1300 ha (3200 acres), with 800 ha in grazing paddocks and the rest in native bush and pines. It is a beautiful property and with 15km of fully fenced farm tracks, it is safe and easy to take in the views and have a real farm experience. Birch Hill is a “hill country, summer dry” farm and has approximately 4000 breeding sheep and anywhere between 100 - 400 cattle depending on the season. Lambs are born over Aug/Sept and calves born in Sept/Oct. Ben and Libby's goal is to produce top quality, free range meat for the export and domestic market by having the healthiest, happiest animals possible.
Birch Hill proudly supplies Silver Fern Farms with product and have been featured in Mindfood Magazine ('From the Source', July 2015 - there's a copy at the glampsite). The farm has also been used in an international advert for Silver Fern Farms. Ben and Libby also supply lamb directly to Mister D restaurant in Napier which comes highly recommended!
1. Booking and payments
1.1 A deposit of 10% is required to confirm your booking and secure the property. This will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking. A 2.5% credit card payment surcharge will be applied to this payment.
1.2 On receipt of the deposit, you will receive an email confirming both the payment and your booking details.
1.3 The remaining balance will be due 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date. An email reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to this date, where an outstanding balance remains. The reminder email gives you the option to pay the remaining balance by internet banking or, if your internet banking payment has not been received within 48 hours, the remaining balance will automatically be charged to the credit card used at the time of booking. Please note: a 2.5% credit card payment surcharge is applied to all payments made by credit card. Credit card data is held in a secure and encrypted environment.
1.4 Bookings made within 4 weeks in advance of your arrival date will be charged the full balance at the time of booking (this may be processed in two payments).
1.5 If you are unable to pay the balance before the stated due date, you will forfeit your deposit and your booking will be cancelled.
1.6 Bookings made online within 48 hours of arrival will not be confirmed immediately. Once the campsite has agreed that the booking can be honoured, the guest will be informed by Canopy Camping Escapes and the credit card used for the online booking will be charged the full balance of the stay (note that there is a 2.5% credit card fee).
2. Cancellation and severe weather warnings
2.1 Some campsites may have limitations due to weather. If severe weather is forecast we will call you as soon as possible prior to your scheduled arrival date to advise you and cancel your booking. You can choose whether to defer your holiday to a later date subject to availability or receive a full refund.
2.2 Your 10% deposit is non-refundable, however it can be transferred to another booking made within a 12 month period, if your stay is cancelled more than 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
2.3 Cancellation by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
3. Safety and Hazards
3.1 Campsites are often situated on working farms and there are hazards both natural and man-made. You accept that you enter the property at your own risk to participate in a glamping holiday.
3.2 Participation in activities such as, outdoor baths, climbing trees, walking on the property and any other activity on the property is the responsibility of the Guest and is done so at their own risk.
3.3 Canopy Camping Escapes accept no liability for accident, loss of property or personal injury whilst on your stay.
No pets allowed. Campsites are often situated on working farms, and therefore are not suitable for visiting pets.
GST of 15% (where applicable) is included in the daily per night cost. A GST invoice will be supplied if requested.
6. The Holiday – Guest Conditions of occupancy and Conduct
6.1 The Guests have the right to occupy the Property for the paid holiday period only.
6.2 Guests are required to observe the rules and familiarise themselves with the procedures contained in the information folder provided in the tent.
6.3 Guests shall take all reasonable and proper care of the property and its furniture, fittings and effects in or on the property and leave them in the same state of repair, condition, cleanliness and tidiness as at the commencement of the rental period.
6.4 Guests are required to inform the owner of any damage or breakage in or around the property promptly so that it can be repaired and replaced for the next guests. Guests are bound to reimburse the owners for replacement, repair or extra cleaning costs where reasonably demanded by the owners for damage caused by the guests.
6.5 Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
6.6 Guests undertake to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period. Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner in consulation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
7. Authority to Sign
The person who completes the Booking Form certifies that: he or she is authorised to agree the Booking Conditions on behalf of all persons included in the Booking Form, including those substituted or added at a later date; the signatory is over eighteen years of age; they agree to take responsibility for the party occupying the Property, and to notify Canopy Camping Escapes if they are not a member of the holiday party.
Comments from our guests
The guest comments we publish on this page come from a feedback survey that we send every guest after their stay at Birch Hill. We publish these comments verbatim. Birch Hill is also listed on Trip Advisor.
"Fabulous glamping site, a very unique experience in a wonderful location. A luxury weekend to be treasured."
Tracy Jack (2 February 2017)
"We absolutely loved our stay at Birch Hill, the set up was amazing and the view was beautiful. Great for groups. We would highly recommend it."
Kate Dunlop (29 January 2017)
"The stunning outlook makes for a great escape from the hustle bustle. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would go back in a heartbeat."
(26 January 2017)
"A luxurious experience with everything you could possibly need. Beautiful views and a real feeling of being secluded. Would head back in a heart beat."
Daisy (25 January 2017)
"An amazing weekend, Ben and Libby were so welcoming and helpful, the campsite was everything we'd hoped for on a city girls weekend away, modern, clean, and glamorous! Loved it. We will be back."
Sarah (25 January 2017)
"Celebrated our sons birthday at this awesome spot, really well equipped for all needs. Very relaxing and peaceful we all enjoyed it very much."
Paula Burns (16 January 2017)
"Birch Hill was such an amazing place and experience. The pictures look great before you go but the execution of it all is mind blowing. The perfect place to set the scene for asking my partner to marry me. Safe for the kids and comfortable for the grandparents too. Hosts lovely to thank you."
Thomas Jones (13 January 2017)
"This place is amazing! Very peaceful although be prepared for some wind especially at night. The site has everything you need (bring another battery for a phone if you are there for a while) Lots of outdoor games. The fireplace is great. Bring marshmallows. Have a bath! Prepare to relax and just chill out!"
Michael Henley (11 January 2017)
"Loved the remoteness of the location and the gracious host Libby - the views from the site were inspiring, enjoyable hiking routes mapped out, and the facilities were practical and very comfortable."
(5 January 2017)
"I cannot recommend Birch Hill enough. I have travelled extensively over the years and would put this experience in my top ten. We loved the seclusion and all the facilities. You are able to walk around the farm and create wholesome fun for the whole family that kids today probably don't get enough of. Our kids 3 and 6 had a ball, never asked for the TV and enjoyed exploring the bush, stream and farmland. My husband and I loved the outdoor bath and shower in the evenings with a glass of wine. At night the outdoor fireplace was awesome to toast marshmallows cos even at night, the temp can drop in summer. Finally our hosts were amazing and couldn't have been more accommodating. If you decide to stay at Birch Hill you won't be disappointed at all. We will definitely be trying other canopy camping sites and will be back to Birch Hill for sure!!"
Lundon Family (30 December 2017)
"It was beyond expectations and the pictures didn't do it justice. A great place for a group to relax and unwind. A little slice of heaven that is well worth the drive."
Lauren Tully (6 December 2016)
"Loved the long weekend at Birch Hill, Libby was a great host ! We had a non-camper with us which was a bit of a concern when we turned up, but everything was amazing and luxurious ! Beds are extremely comfy with lovely linen, loved the outdoor bath and shower - with the bonus of hot water. It was great having the "shed" to use, still a little cool (weather) at this time of year. Would love to return with my family or a group of friends."
Jo Buxton (21 October 2016)
"Birch hill is probably the closest I will get to heaven -- it was such an unforgettable experience and a place I will never forget! From the fully equipped kitchen to the friendly, curious neighbours (cows), Birch hill was everything I could want for a weekend getaway. I had the best of nature right on my doorstep without having to compromise comfort. I am in love. Anything you could want at a campsite was there but you also had access to gorgeous views. You feel like you have thousands of acres to yourself. It is a must see experience. I am already planning to go back and almost don't want to tell others because I want to keep this hidden secret all to myself!"
Chelsea (11 October 2016)
"This is one holiday that is truly a good investment for you!"
Dale Anderson (8 October 2016)
"Absolutely loved our weekend away at Birch Hill. Libby and Ben were so welcoming and looked after us very well. Definitely exceeded expectations and I would recommend to anyone."
Sophie Spiers (27 September 2016)
"Everything about this place was magical, from the gorgeous detail in the main tent to the well thought out common spaces, then....there was the view. Breathtaking, awe inspiring view. We would go back in a heart beat."
Nicola Knobel (21 September 2016)
"We had an amazing week at Birch Hill. It is a beautiful spot and a beautiful farm with some amazing beaches and cute towns/villages to visit. Ben & Libby were wonderful hosts who were always happy to help and answer any questions we had about their farm and the surrounding areas. It was a real adventure for our 3 children who were also lucky enough to see some sheep being sheared during our stay - definitely a great experience for some city kids. We will definitely venture back again!"
Jasmine Leaning (26 April 2016)
"Such a magic weekend of precious family time. Birch Hill is an absolute delight and was an experience loved by us all. Thanks Libby and Ben for your exceptional detail and sanctuary that you have created. Worked perfectly for our family of 4. We have been raving about it."
Kate (2 March 2016)
"Great views, great starry nights, and great solitude. What more can you ask for?"
Dennis (16 February 2016)
"Thank you to Libby and Ben for sharing their little slice of heaven with us. The campsite was even more than what we expected! Gorgeous views! It was nice to go back to the basics and live the relaxed, simple life- in the most cutely decorated, trendy way :) The kids loved playing all of the games provided and napping in the hammocks in the shade. And my husband and I took full advantage of the outdoor bath and shower area to unwind every single evening. Definitely recommend this glamping experience- as it'll be an experience you remember forever!"
Kat Baker (27 January 2016)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Everything was thought out superbly and we really enjoyed the lovely personal touches. Libby and Ben were fantasic hosts. Can't wait to go back."
Nicola Newman (20 January 2016)
"This place is truly camping in style! It has the wow factor! Libby and Ben are wonderful hosts and ensure all your glamping needs are taken care of - right down to the detail - they've thought of everything. Great location. We absolutely loved it!"
Heather (18 January 2016)
"Birch Hill is a lovely family friendly camping site. It's well kept and the hosts really care about you!! The outside shower and bath is just fabulous."
(12 January 2016)
"Perfect place to go if you want to unwind. No one around you the view is amazing and best of all everything is provided! It was nice to have games already there for us to use."
Nirali (11 January 2016)
"Ben and Libby are fantastic hosts and they've made Birch Hill a wonderful place to stay. The facilities are top-notch and it's just such a beautiful, well-thought out location. The solar lights and USB charger are a nice touch."
Mike Conroy (2 January 2016)