Phoenix Valley, Tauranga
Glamping at Phoenix Valley
Phoenix Valley is a little pocket of pure tranquility, situated just 15 minutes from the centre of Tauranga in the sunny Bay of Plenty.
The driveway winding gently down through lush ferns and pungas is the first clue that you're heading somewhere special when you arrive at Phoenix Valley. The luxury campsite is nestled into a fir tree forest on top of a hill looking down across the valley floor - perfectly positioned to capture views of the towering pumice cliffs, and the crystal clear stream running past the poplars lining the banks.
The campsite consists of a beautifully decorated luxury tent, cleverly designed camp kitchen and a large deck with viewing platform. A luxurious outdoor shower and bath set into the trees, complete what is a truly unique outdoor experience.
This is glamping of the very best kind. Perfect for couples looking for a peaceful and private escape, you'll enjoy relaxing in your king-sized bed listening to the sounds of nature... The beautiful Tau Tau stream running by, the light breeze rustling the leaves of the trees, and the gorgeous sound of birdlife. Tuis, fantails and morepork abound, not to mention resident geese, Jeffery and Jemima.
During the day, it's easy to jump in the car and head out to explore the region - McLaren and Omanawa Falls are nearby, and if you feel like city buzz, Tauranga with it's shops and cafes is only a short drive away. Otherwise, just take the time and relax. Enjoy a dip in the swimming hole, a walk in the bush and at the end of the day - star gazing to your hearts content in a hot steaming outdoor bathtub.
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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.
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Bay of Plenty
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Lavericks Bay, Banks Peninsula
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Check Availability and Book - Phoenix Valley, Tauranga
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
Phoenix Valley has a standard minimum stay period of 2 nights. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
Peak (1 October to 30 April):
The standard nightly rate for the peak period is $280 for up two people.
Off-Peak (1 May to 30 September):
The standard nightly rate for the off-peak period is $250 for two people.
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 all of our Canopy Camping Escapes glamping sites. 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.
Phoenix Valley 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 Canopy Camping Escapes campsites that are super-safe and fun for kids.
Guests can drive right up to the campsite for easy coming and going.
CHECK IN & OUT
Check in: after 3pm
Check out: before 11.00am
TENT SLEEPING AND BED ARRANGEMENT
Phoenix Valley has one large wooden, framed luxury tent, sleeping two people in a luxurious king-sized bed.
The camp kitchen and bathroom are situated approximately 10m from the luxury tent. The campsite has no electricity, but everything you need is provided for comfortable camping.
- The camp bathroom has a pleasant-to-use dehydrating toilet, covered basin area and steaming hot outdoor shower and bath. Hot water is supplied via a gas powered califont.
- The camp kitchen is lean-to style, with bench space and hot water. A BBQ and gas ring are available for cooking.
- Food storage can be found in the camp kitchen and a chilly-bin and cold packs are supplied for cool food storage.
- Mobile phone reception Spark phone reception is available in most places on the property. Vodafone and 2degrees have patchy reception.
100% Egyptian cotton, top quality sheets are provided. Wool duvet, and underlay are supplied, and beds will be made up prior to your arrival.
WHAT TO BRING
- Food and drink for your stay
- Warm clothing in winter – especially if you want to soak up the evening stars
- Footwear suitable for walking on the property
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Beach towels
Phoenix Valley is a 15 minute drive from Tauranga and 2.5 hour drive from Auckland.
89 Merrick Road
Eating and Drinking
Phoenix Valley has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and cook meals using the BBQ and gas ring. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need, and a chilly-bin and cool packs for keeping food cool.
If you want a break from cooking, Four 14 cafe - a short 5 minute car ride away - does fantastic food and coffee. There are plenty of other restaurants to choose from in Tauranga - just 15 minutes away.
Stock up on supplies at Countdown - a 10 minute drive away.
Things To Do
AT THE CAMPSITE...
- Enjoy the bush walks on the property
- Take a dip in your private swimming hole, a short walk from your tent
- Battle it out over a game - there are a selection of games and activities provided in the tent
- Rest, read, relax and enjoy the serenity.
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
Discovering Phoenix Valley was a dream come true for Greg and Becs, who had been searching for the perfect place to build a retreat for several years. When they finally came across this amazing valley structure, with absolute privacy and spectacular scenery, they knew they'd found a place where you can leave all your troubles at the gate and be at one with nature. Both Greg and Becs have a passion for helping others and eventually would love to see the valley with 4-6 more tents so they can hold retreats where people can really get away and re-energise. The Valley is all off the grid, and water is harnessed from the springs that come from the cliffs - crystal clear and delicious to drink.
Becs is a passionate veterinarian who run's her own online veterinary pharmacy - and is also an independent consultant for skincare brand Arbonne, who create amazing vegan skincare and nutrition. Greg is a Health and Safety manager for a local company in Tauranga. They have three adorable dogs, Cooper, Luca and Stevie, and two horses.
The Valley is their life and passion and they love nothing more than spending a beautiful evening under the stars and cooking on the fire.
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 Phoenix Valley. We publish these comments verbatim.
"Phoenix Valley was by far the most beautiful and peaceful place I have ever stayed at. There is nothing I could say about this place and the people who host it, that isn't praise."
(5 February 2017)
"Phoenix Valley is absolute paradise. Greg and Rebecca were unbelievable hosts from the moment I enquired until the end of our stay. I actually proposed to my girlfriend during our stay and they were fantastic accomplices in helping me keep it quiet and in making it as special an occasion as I could imagine. Thanks again and I am sure we'll be back!"
(29 January 2017)
"Our time here was amazing! Everything from the location to the campsite was spot on."
28 January 2017)
"I'm wishing I had stumbled across canopy escapes years ago! We just got back from a break away in the most beautiful secluded bush outlook with the sounds of the stream below. The canopy was pure delight, huge comfortable bed, beautiful craftsmanship and decor to soothe your soul. Relaxing and refreshing and we are certainly booking again!"
Sandy Pope (22 January 2017)
"The set up of Phoenix Valley is so well thought out. The hosts made sure that there was everything that is needed. We loved making fires and roasting marshmallows in our robes, and playing their selection of games until there was no light. The outdoor shower and bath was amazing! The water was lovely and hot. The water hole was another of our highlights of our getaway. The water is freezing cold but beautiful, and we enjoyed venturing as far as we could down the stream. The hosts were so lovely and helpful, whilst also being respectful of our privacy. We had an amazing time and will definitely be back!"
Chelsea (2 January 2017)
"Phoenix Valley is a hidden gem! The view was spectacular and the sounds of the river and the native birds made the experience even more relaxing. The hosts thought of everything to make our stay as memorable and enjoyable as possible. We would highly recommend to all couples!"
(30 December 2016)
"This place is heaven! If you want to go somewhere and escape the craziness of the world then this is it!"
Catherine (4 December 2016)
"Perfect location to go and relax! Such an awesome environment!"
(4 December 2016)
"Was the most amazing experience for my parents and they could not have raved enough about Phoenix valley! Awesome customer service, couldn't of had better! You guys are amazing! Thank you so much! 10/10"
Sarah (30 November 2016)
"This is absolute perfection. A truly amazing place to getaway and relax. The helpful hosts make your time even better, giving great suggestions of things to do, but also having all those extra touches that make your stay even more memorable. The outdoor shower was the perfect way to start the day and the bath was the perfect way to relax and end your day. Total bliss."
Tash (30 October 2016)
"This glampsite has been so carefully thought out and constructed with style, enormous original creativity and extreme attention to detail. It is literally 5 star accomodation in a tent !! The hosts were respectful of privacy but always only a txt away. This is the best accomodation I have ever experienced in decades of international travel."
Karen Hignett (25 October 2016)
"Wow, this truly was camping in style. The beauty that surrounded us was spectacular and accommodation perfect. The bed was extremely comfortable & the sound of the stream nearby made for a perfect sleep. We will be back!"
Tracy Darkes (4 October 2016)