Hurunui Jacks, West Coast
Glamping at Hurunui Jacks
Hurunui Jacks is situated on the West Coast of the South Island, just 12 kilometres from the centre of Hokitika, and metres from the spectacular West Coast Wilderness cycle trail.
Hurunui Jacks is an unforgettable glamping experience. Your luxury canvas tent rests on a private spot on the banks of the Kaniere River, nestled amongst ancient virgin forest. Surrounded by National Park and Conservation land - it's 30 acres of total peace and tranquility - and the perfect couples get-away.
The campsite has a rustic, fully covered and enclosed camp kitchen with hot water heated by an old-school, wood-fired chippie. You can either cook on the gas BBQ, gas rings - or try camp-style cooking over an open fire.
Enjoy a steaming hot shower in the camp bathroom...and later enjoy a glass of wine and a soak in an outdoor bath under the stars. Then, tucked up in your comfortable bed, between 100% cotton sheets and under a pure wool duvet, you'll be able to lie back and relax to the sounds of the river and the bush…
The tent is kept warm and toasty with a wood-burning stove, so summer or winter, you'll be camping in complete comfort.
On the property is a lake filled with rainbow trout. Give fly-fishing a try! Or simply take a walk through the private marked walk that meanders through the native bush.
A paradise for wildlife - bush robins, fantails, tuis, bellbirds, and native wood pigeons - flit through the moss covered rimu, matai and totara trees.
If canvas walls aren't for you, don't worry, there's also the atmospheric and cosy cottage accommodation 'The Nest' which is available to book too.
So...if you’re looking for a really wonderful experience, Hurunui Jacks is the place to visit. Lose yourself in the West Coast wilderness. Enjoy the peace… and the ethereal feeling of being surrounded by ancient bush, in a truly unique landscape.
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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 - Hurunui Jacks, West Coast
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.
Rates and Extras
Hurunui Jacks has a standard minimum stay period of 2 nights. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Easter, Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend and Queens Birthday Weekend etc is 3 nights.
Peak Period (1 September to 30 April)
The standard peak nightly rate is $250 per night for up to 2 people.
Off-Peak Period (1 May to 30 June)
The standard off-peak nightly rate is $225 per night for up to 2 people.
Please note that Hurunui Jacks is closed over July and August.
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.
Due to the number of water hazards on the property, Hurunui Jacks is an adults and couples only campsite. If you're looking for a safe and family friendly glamping site, check out some of our other current glamping sites that are super safe and fun for kids.
The campsite is approximately a 100 metre walk along a clear track - partly along the river bank and through native bush - from the guest parking area.
There are no restrictions on coming and going from the property. However, just bear in mind that it gets very dark at night and if returning late, torches will be essential (you'll find torches in the tent for guest use).
CHECK IN & OUT
Arrival: 2.00pm - 8.00pm (or 6.00pm in winter)
Check out: 11.00am
This is to allow enough time to prepare the tent for the incoming guests, however you're welcome to stay on and enjoy the property after you have vacated the tent.
TENT SLEEPING AND BED ARRANGEMENT
Hurunui Jacks has one large wooden, framed luxury tent. The tent has a 24sqm floor space with ample room for a queen-sized double bed, sofa and table and chairs.
The campsite at Hurunui Jacks has no electric power source. Hot water is supplied via a wet back attached to a wood-fired coal range. LPG gas bottles provide gas for cooking and cups of tea. German Feuerhand lanterns that run on clean-burning clarified paraffin provide lighting. A wood-burning stove provides warmth for cosy Autumn and Winter glamping, or whenever there's a chilly evening.
- The camp bathroom has a pleasant-to-use composting toilet, sink, shower and hot water. An outdoor bath set in the bush provides an alternative, and fantastically atmospheric way to get clean too!
- The camp kitchen is a fully covered and enclosed space with bench space and hot water for dishes. Coal range, gas BBQ, double gas ring, campfire/brazier are all options for cooking on.
- Food storage can be found in the camp kitchen cupboards, and a chilly bin with daily delivery of ice packs is used for cool food storage. A separate fridge freezer in Maureen and John's house can also be used for longer term cool food storage if necessary.
- Mobile phone reception is not available on the property. You need to drive approx 8km back towards town to access reception. (There is a new cell phone tower in the planning to cover this area in 2014/15). Guests are welcome to leave phones on charge in the office if needed.
100% cotton, top quality sheets. Wool duvet, wool blankets are supplied, and beds will be made up prior to your arrival.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink
- Warm clothing in winter – especially if you want to soak up the evening stars
- Gumboots could be handy! But if you don't have any, don't worry. Maureen and John will lend you some if necessary.
- Insect repellent & sunscreen
A couple of safety things to note for your trip to Hurunui Jacks...
- No dogs are permitted on the property for the safety of the wildlife.
- Note that there are a lot of water hazards on the property - ponds, a lake and river boardering the property.
693 Lake Kaniere Road
Hurunui Jacks is approximately 12km inland from Hokitika and 13km from Hokitika Airport.
Approaching from the South on State Highway 6, turn right at the sign for Lake Kaniere (or left if you're coming from the North), into Stafford Street. Bella Vista Motel is on the corner. Follow the signs to Lake Kaniere.
At Kaniere you'll see a g.a.s Station. Shortly after, there is a left turn from Kaniere Road into Lake Kaniere Road (this is signposted Lake Kaniere). Make sure you take this turn, DO NOT follow the road round to the right (the Kaniere - Kowhitirangi Rd.) this will take you out towards the Hokitika Gorge (as stunning as it is, you might not want to go there just yet!)
You'll know you've made it when you see a Hurunui Jacks sign on the road side.
Print out a Hurunui Jacks info sheet with address, host contact details, and google map directions, for your drive right here.
Eating and Drinking
Bring your own food and cook using the gas BBQ or gas rings.
The nearest supermarket for supplies is the New World supermarket in Hokitika, approximately 12 kms away (15 minutes drive time).
You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you will need in the camp kitchen.
Alternatively, treat yourselves to some of the great local nosh! Here are our recommendations for places to eat and drink in Hokitika:
- Fat Pipis Pizza - best pizza ever.
- Phil at The Regent Theatre Cafe - for the best coffee.
- West Coast Wine Company - drinks and nibbles in a secret garden. They often have live music and a 'bring your own food' policy!
- Porky's Takeaways - best fish and chips on the Coast!
Things To Do
ON THE PROPERTY
- Go for a bush walk through marked tracks in our private native bush
- Feed the rainbow trout in the lake
- Take one of the three mountain bikes we have for guest use and go for a bike ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail
- Battle it out over scrabble or dominoes, or one of the other board games kept in the tent
- Soak in the tub with a good book and a glass of wine.
IN THE LOCAL AREA
- Pick up some good old Kiwi fish and chips from Porky’s Takeaways, grab a bottle of vino or a few beers, light a fire on the beach and watch the sun set. Stunning.
- Have a mooch around the metropolis of Hokitika. Check out the arty shops, have a real fruit ice cream from Sweet Alice’s, they make their own fudge too.
- Best 2 – 3 hour trip from Hurunui Jacks….drive up to Lake Kaniere, past the amazing Dorothy Falls, the stunning Hokitika Gorge. Maybe call in for a beer at one of the local pubs - The Kokatahi Hotel or The Empire Hotel at Kaniere and meet some of the eclectic locals.
- There are lots of beautiful and interesting walks and bike rides around the area. The Kaniere Water Race track is a classic. There are bikes if you would like to take off for a cycle. And….the West Coast Wilderness Trail, part of the NZ wide cycle trail initiative, is right on the doorstep.
- Neighbour, Bevan Climo, just a 1km or so down the road, is a renowned pounamu (greenstone) carver. Check out his amazing work. He plays a mean guitar too.
John Plows and Maureen Cook are a couple with a diverse and fascinating background.
John (now 67) came to NZ when he was 3 years old from the UK. He started out his career as the first screen printing apprentice in NZ - his first printing job was the original 4 Square Man poster.
Since then, he's been involved in everything from clothing retail (ex-director of Kiwi clothing company Global Culture) through to guiding hunting, fishing shooting types in the New Zealand wilderness.
John bought Hurunui Jacks, in 2000 and knew that he'd finally 'found his place'. He then set about convincing Christchurch based Maureen that this was the place for her too. Word on the street, is that she was finally wooed by the promise of a chicken coop and her own little flock!
Yorkshire lass, Maureen hasn't looked back - and now wouldn't dream of exchanging life on the West Coast for anything else.
Since settling in Hokitika, John and Maureen have combined their experience and launched their own Hurunui Jacks clothing and merchandise range (West Coast inspired - whitebait/gumboots/Monteith's beer!). You can buy their fantastic range either online on their website or in the i-SITES up and down the Coast. They also have plenty of stock on hand, so if you love what you see, you can also buy direct from them during your stay at a special discounted rate, just for guests.
As well as their beautiful luxury campsite, John and Maureen also have 'The Nest'. The Nest is cosy, comfortable cottage accommodation and it's available to rent right here. Perfect for those that prefer solid walls over canvas!
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 Hurunui Jacks. We publish these comments verbatim. Hurunui Jacks is also listed on Trip Advisor.
"The thrill of camping with the comforts of home."
Melissa (30 September 2016)
"Whether you're looking for a quiet escape, a romantic getaway, or just to try something a little off the beaten track, there really is no time better than NOW. Hurunui Jacks has it all and you will fall in love immediately."
(27 September 2016)
"A fabulous setting to get off grid."
Missy (15 September 2016)
"Loved the relaxing environment and the isolation to take some time back for ourselves. The fires were amazing nothing like sitting around under the stars eating dinner with the fire and some candles. Coming back, best holiday I've ever had."
Sam and Tom (11 September 2016)
"A slice of paradise!!"
Scott Gallacher (9 September 2016)
"Untouched native bush, a river singing at our doorstep, welcoming hosts and cosy accommodation. Nothing more we could want. A blissful weekend."
Sarah (21 June 2016)
"Absolutely stunning. If you want a relaxing weekend away in the the west coast forest I definitely recommend going to Hurunui Jacks. We had the best time."
(10 June 2016)
"It was seriously so relaxing and peaceful to not have any reception, can't even explain how enjoyable it was!"
Annie (10 May 2016)
"Such a wonderful place to stay, brilliant to be disconnected from the rat race, magical to be staying in such a natural bush setting and experiencing (comfortably) how New Zealand's pioneers had to live daily."
John & Ruth Gamblin (23 April 2016)
"We loved our visit to Hurunui Jacks. It is such a calm and peaceful spot."
Chloe Newble (21 April 2016)
"5 star camping...beats a hotel any day. Best holiday we have had!"
Ashley (19 April 2016)
"We had the most amazing, romantic getaway canopy camping at Hurunui Jacks. It was wonderfully private and serene. The outdoor bath was fantastic and there's everything you could ever need...just bring food & drink and you're set!"
Kerry Andrews (11 April 2016)
"Two nights weren't enough!"
(7 April 2016)
"We highly recommend hurunui jacks it's such a beautiful setting so relaxing and peaceful, worth every minute of it."
Brogan and Andy (25 March 2016)
"This is the place to go if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of a busy life."
Anna (20 March 2016)
"John and Maureen have a very special place and all of the extra little touches like candles, farm eggs and marshmallows make it extra special! We loved it!"
Emily Hope (3 March 2016)
"Such a wonderful place to enjoy the peaceful tranquillity of the bush, river and wildlife, we will be back."
Michele (2 March 2016)
"Peaceful, relaxing getaway. Magical native forest."
Debbie Knight (23 February 2016)
"An absolutely magical getaway. Such a special place. We can't wait to come back!"
(30 January 2016)
"We had a wonderful honeymoon at Huranui jacks! Could not ask for a more romantic spot to hide away at for a magical few days."
Mikaela (24 January 2016)
"No power, no cell reception, no distractions. Hurunui Jacks is a very unique, beautiful and tranquil experience. We thoroughly enjoyed the candle lit, outdoor bath - the only interruption in silence being a curious Weka. John, Maureen and Dennis were exceptionally accommodating, their efforts and personal touches ensuring we had everything we could have asked for and more. It was extremely hard to leave their little piece of paradise."
Jenna and Anthony (5 January 2016)
"It's a great introduction to camping if you've never gone on your own. If you're an avid camper then it's a perfect pampered experience. You're also very close to the necessities but you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, which is the point in camping, after all!!"
Maria (21 December 2015)
"A beautiful, peaceful destination, the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway from a busy city life. Highly recommend!"
16 December 2015
"Thanks so much Maureen & John.....you have the most amazing camp setup and were absolutely brilliant hosts. Picked us up/dropped us off at the airport, offered to purchase our groceries, loaned us bikes to go exploring. We had such an amazing time.....made even more special by an accepted marriage proposal. We will definately be back."
Barry Fowler (6 December 2015)
"This is the closest to paradise on earth. Great experience despite the weather."
(6 December 2015)
"This was such a refreshing get away from the city. With life getting busy it was so nice to get away from the fast pace of life, phones and emails and just spend time together in such a well thought and beautiful spot. Whether is was gold panning, playing a game of uno or enjoying a lovely cheese board we felt 100% at home. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the outdoors and is after a special get away."
Kate and Hamish (2 December 2015)
"Hurunui Jacks was wonderful and extremely welcoming. They provided the perfect environment for giving us a relaxing and private 'glamping' retreat. The experience was perfect and exactly as advertised, we can't wait to head back! If you love New Zealand, you already love Hurunui Jacks."
Dez (30 November 2015)
"If you are on the edge about a camping holiday give this a try. You are eased into the outdoor camping life with a touch of luxury and and a few homely touches to draw you in. It's peaceful, tranquil and you won't regret the stay. P.S - the bath is a big treat."
Clark and Charlotte (15 November 2015)
"Try it - you will love it!!!"
Raylene and Doug (3 November 2015)
"Hurunui Jacks was beautiful, relaxing and an experience unlike any I have experienced. Maureen and John are so welcoming and made us feel at home and like valued guests. It is a true piece of paradise!"
Laura Jones (30 October 2015)
"Hurunui Jacks was the perfect escape from our busy lives. The scenery is beautiful & peaceful, we we're so relaxed."
Marce & Becs Taulango (14 October 2015)
"Loved Hurunui Jacks... the location, the camping experience, Maureen, John and Dennis... would do it again!"
Jaime Butler (5 October 2015)
"The hosts were amazing! They were so accommodating and there were so many personal touches from them that just made the experience that extra bit special. They were also very aware to ensure your privacy at the same time as being so friendly and welcoming. Everything was there that we needed! The spot where the tent is located is a piece of paradise, nothing beat waking to those views! Maureen and John had a lot of local knowledge to share of the essential things to do and hidden secrets. Everything was so comfortable and it really felt like home for those three days .... it was so hard to leave! Loved every minute!"
(30 September 2015)
"Had a wonderful time, perfect location and facilities. Can totally recommend the experience as a superb way to rest and recharge. Lying back in the outdoor bath watching the stars was just bliss!"
Cheryl and Dave (15 September 2015)
"An experience which should not be missed - and I promise it's not just for tourists. With no distractions from your everyday life and just the warm glow of an outdoor fire and an endless sky of stars I promise you, you will relax like you have never relaxed before.... honestly book in for a night you will not regret it."
Ellen Dawson (9 September 2015)
"Such a beautiful, peaceful place. Maureen and John were so helpful, they really love and care for the place so much and have thought of every detail, from lanterns and hotwater bottles to the gorgeous kitchen setup and outdoor bath. Can't wait to come back!"
Cassie & Tom (4 July 2015)
"Perfect place for a romantic getaway. This is 5 star camping and even in midwinter, Hurunui Jacks surpassed all my expectations. Simply stunning"
Lucy Currie (29 June 2015)
"It's a beautiful site, the owners are helpful. The accommodations are well equipped, lovely fresh breakfast amenities, fresh towels and outdoor tub for starwatching. Absolutely recommended."
(23 June 2015)
"If you are looking to get away from it all, in a secluded beautiful setting, with home comforts, this is for you!"
(19 May 2015)
"I highly recommend staying at this lovely location. Being able to go to sleep listening to the sounds of the river flowing, and waking up to sunshine and birds chirping was absolute bliss. Wonderful privacy while surrounded by lush natural bush. Friendly and thoughtful hosts who have thought of everything.. down to a supply of gumboots and rain jackets."
Letitia (5 May 2015)
"Rain or shine this is amazing. Fantastic experience that you will be talking about for weeks :)"
Anna Taylor (9 April 2015)
"Without a doubt this was one of the best weekends away we have ever had; from the magical setting, fantastic facilities and all those special touches (including the marshmallows for toasting), to the peace and quiet, the whole experience was fabulous. Thank you for creating such a wonderful haven; we were lucky to have enjoyed it on a clear night (when the brazier was in full roar) and during a spectacular West Coast storm that lit up the tent (when the fire and glow of candlelight created the most deliciously cosy atmosphere). We couldn't recommend Hurunui Jacks any higher; an experience everyone should try. Thank you!"
Kelly & David Taylor (31 March 2015)
"Thanks for an amazing weekend, the rain tried to keep us away but from the time we arrived the weather was lovely. Such a great set up in a beautiful spot and Maureen and John were lovely and very helpful."
Jess Lewis (11 March 2015)
"When we first arrived we were sitting around the brazier drinking gin and tonics discussing the most fun/best days of life. Our wedding was top of the list, followed by some fun days spent with friends at festivals, parties at my parents place in Granity and particular days on different holidays. On Saturday afternoon after swimming in the swimming hole we added that day to our list too."
Niki and Fred (21 February 2015)
"Maureen and John have done an amazing job of creating the most perfect spot and are wonderful hosts."
Jo (10 February 2015)
"Great location amongst the ferns beside the river, comfy bed, and a wonderful little kitchen and bathroom with plenty of hot water for a bath nestled amongst the trees."
John Hearn (24 January 2015)
"It is amazing. So good that we kind of don't want to tell anyone about it as we want to keep it our little secret."
Tim (14 October 2014)
"A definite for the bucket list."
Patrick and Adrienne Grose (5 October 2014)
"We absolutely loved our short stay at Hurunui Jacks - wish it could have been longer! John and Maureen were so accomodating and all the lovely little touches made our stay that much better. Hardly got time to read our books with all the exploring, fire tending, campfire cooking and board games! Would love to come back one day."
Carrie Peterson (2 October 2014)
"We'll be back to Hurunui Jacks - camping in style with all sorts of sweet little twists - fire always going on arrival, hurricane lamps on the deck waiting for us, fire lit so the outside bath was toasty warm. Very comfy and snug beds. And right on the Wilderness Trail, which is awesome! Fabulous time. Thanks Maureen & John!"
Shona Addison (1 October 2014)
"My husband and I had a wonderful time here. The hosts are friendly and helpful, the tent is warm and comfortable and the location is superb. We enjoyed having the pleasures of camping in such comfort!"
James and Ally (19 September 2014)
"We had the most amazing weekend at Hurunui Jacks. John and Maureen have had a beautiful dream that they brought to life and we are so happy to have been able to share it! If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, switch off and just relax this is the perfect place - a little slice of heaven!"
Amanda Keefe (16 September 2014)
"We had a splendid weekend away, at Hurunui Jacks. Such a romantic and peaceful getaway. We truly felt the most relaxed we have ever felt and would go back in a heartbeat. Our hosts were lovely and friendly and we just had the ultimate weekend away. Would defiantly recommend Hurunui Jacks and can't wait to explore other Canopy Camping sites."
Laura Munford (14 July 2014)
"Our stay at Hunrunui Jacks was like a dream. Maureen and John were so lovely and gave us a very warm welcome, showing us the ropes and letting us know what to expect and what we could do during our stay. The bed was very comfy and super warm, we had gorgeous lanterns all set up ready to use, and even some ready made treats to enjoy by the fire - which was already set up and waiting for us when we arrived. The scenery is magical, and we loved everything about it and wish we stayed longer. Will definately be returning to Hurunui Jacks and telling all our family and friends to do so too!"
7 July 2014
"Had a bloody marvelous time. So many beautiful memorys. We even got engaged at hurunui jacks, which i won't forget. Maureen & John were lovely & made us feel so welcome. Recommended to all to get away from the busy cities & get lost in paradise. Loved it."
4 June 2014
"5 star resorts have nothing on this truly special place, it turned the accomodation into the adventure and was something totally unique and fun, totally private and relaxing, we felt worlds away from the hustle and bustle yet still had a glorious king sized bed to climb into after a bottle of red and a long soak in the outdoor bath, bliss! Cannot recommend this place enough!!"
19 May 2014
"A true get-away from it all experience. Luxurious tent nestled in the bush, gold panning right outside your door & a lovely bath in the middle of the bush with loads of hot water. All the good stuff of camping & none of the bad stuff."
5 May 2014
"I still felt I was camping which i love and the added comfort of the tent and kitchen, hot water, bath and shower just enhanced the whole experience. They have created a piece of real New Zealand magic!!! Can't wait to come back."
27 February 2014
"You cant help but feel relaxed and happy. What a sad day it was having to leave this incredible place. Total bliss"
Jacinta and Jethro (19 February 2014)
"We absolutely loved getting away from it all, no power, no phones - it refreshes the soul and makes a wonderful change from everyday life. The tent is amazing and so comfortable and private. The setting couldn't be better - nestled in the bush next to a bubbling stream - bliss!"
Jess (16 February 2014)
"Dare yourself to try something a little bit different. Its a decision you wont regret."
Victoria McDonald (23 January 2014)
"We absolutely recommend this place for people who by any reason wants to feel like camping but wants some comfort or needs some comfort. The balance between luxury and deep forest camping is perfect, the place is amazingly beautiful and the hosts are the sweetest and most interesting people."
Daniel Bayona (9 January 2014)
"We felt as though we were on Safari- snug and cosy in our huge tent with romantic mosquito netting artfully draped about. No wild animals though, thank goodness- just peace and seclusion. A magical break from reality - loved reading by the brazier in the fading light and watching the moon rise through the bush."
Jude & Ken McKenzie (18 December 2013)