Ridge Top Farm, Manawatu
The camp kitchen is a semi-outdoor, covered space with a pantry for food storage.
Loads of storage and everything you need if you choose to self-cater.
The camp bathroom comes complete with essential hot water shower and flushing toilet.
Enjoy a double outdoor bath....
Have a go at clay bird shooting!
Everything you need is available to self-cater...
Or go for the fully catered option and indulge in Sarah's delicious home cooked meals.
Ridge Top Farm Glamping
Ridge Top Farm is a unique opportunity to combine the tranquility of glamping with a true North Island 'Kiwi farm' experience.
Located at Tapuae, half way between Wellington and Taupo and just 20 minutes from State Highway 1, Ridge Top Farm makes the ideal stop-over for people travelling the North Island. The 1500 acre sheep and beef farm has stunning panoramic views encompassing Kapiti Island, Mt Egmont and Mt Ruapehu - the perfect place to soak up the central North Island scenery.
The country-themed campsite is nestled into a sheltered spot on the scenic farm, right next to a pretty wetland with regenerating native bush.
In the summer, two luxury tents, a camp kitchen and bathroom, and a dedicated campfire area, create a social and relaxed space for a farmstay. In the shoulder season (May) the bell tent comes down, and the larger tent with its platform deck and woodburning fire can accommodate a couple for a cosy winter get-away.
Wake up between cotton sheets and under a cosy duvet, to the sound of magpies warbling in the early morning light. Start your day off on the right foot with a piping hot shower in the camp bathroom. Cook a meal on the campfire with the kids, or just lie back in the outdoor bath with a cold drink and a good book.
There will be plenty to do to keep you busy too! Enjoy a ‘Glamp n Tramp’ over scenic farmland. Try your hand at clay bird shooting. Watch a shearing demonstration. Take the kids to feed the goat, or just spend some time relaxing with friends around the campfire - a glass of wine in one hand, and a toasted marshmallow in the other.
Bring your own food and cook camp style. Or treat yourself... Order some of Sarah's fantastic home-cooked meals and sit back, relax and wait for your food to be delivered.
Luxury camping at Ridge Top Farm is an experience that everyone will love. From families and groups of friends holidaying together, through to couples seeking a peaceful retreat and international tourists looking for adventure - this quintessential Kiwi farm offers an entertaining taste of true rural New Zealand.
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Ridge Top Farm, Manawatu
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Lavericks Bay, Banks Peninsula
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Check Availability and Book - Ridge Top Farm, Manawatu
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. Please select the single night surcharge during the booking process if only staying one night.
2-Night 'Glamp n Tramp' Package
Complete the form if you're interested in booking a fully-catered, 2-Night 'Glamp n Tramp' group experience for Ridge Top Farm. This option is available to a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6 people. Priced from $220 per person.
Rates and Extras
Ridge Top Farm has a standard minimum stay period of two nights for weekends, but does allow stays of one night for midweek nights (Sunday - Thursday) outside of the main holiday period (20 December - 31 January).The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend and Queens Birthday Weekend etc is 3 nights. The minimum booking period for Easter is 4 nights.
Summer season (1 November to 30 April):
The standard nightly rate for summer is $220 for up to two people.
Additional people are $25 per person, per night. Babies under one year are free.
Maximum number of people over the summer season is ten.
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 May to 30 June):
The nightly rate in winter is $190 for up to two people.
Single midweek-night surcharge - $30
Ridge Top Farm has a 'couples only' policy in the winter season.
Ridge Top Farm is closed for July, August and early September.
'Glamp n Tramp' - $30 per adult, $20 per child (aged 15 or less)
A marked tramp over farmland, taking in amazing views from Kapiti to Mount Ruapehu, with a delicious packed picnic lunch. (Glamp n Tramp is not available over lambing season, between 25 August - 30 September.)
Shearing Demonstration - $30 per adult, $10 per child, aged 15 or less (minimum 2 adults for this activity)
Come along to the Woolshed where you will enjoy watching Angus shearing a couple of sheep. You are welcome to take photos, videos and even take a sample of wool home with you to show your school friends. While at the Woolshed, the kids can have a go at sliding down the sheep race.
Claybird shooting - $100 for 30 shots (for up to 3 people), extra people are $35 per person
Armed with a shotgun and expert tuition, experience the thrill of shooting claybirds overlooking expansive farmland. Clay traps are set on the terrace in front of the main house, all equipment including ear muffs will be provided. No previous experience required. Claybird shooting is subject to availability, and must be booked a minimum of 72 hours prior to arrival.
Golf Driving - $1 for every ball not returned
Golf driving is free of charge, as long as you return all the balls! Tee off from the green at the campsite into the drums across the gully.
Fully-catered glamping - $100 per adult, per day, $60 per child under 12, per day
Note: Catering is unavailable for weekend of 4 - 6 February 2017.
- Continental and cooked breakfast ingredients, that we supply for you and you cook either on the BBQ or over the campfire.
- Lunch - a delicious picnic basket delivered to you at your campsite at 12pm
- Dinner served with either pre-dinner snacks, or a delicious dessert delivered to your campsite.
Breakfast basket - $30 per adult, $15 per child
- Continental and cooked breakfast ingredients supplied for you to either cook on the BBQ or campfire
Lunch hamper - $30 per adult, $15 per child
- A picnic basket delivered to you at your campsite.
Dinner - $48 per adult, $25 per child
- A delicious dinner all prepared for you to finish off on the BBQ, with either pre-dinner snacks or a decadent dessert, delivered to your campsite.
GLAMP N TRAMP PACKAGE
Weekends & School Holidays (Friday - Sunday night & all School Holidays) - $310.00 per person (minimum four people)
Weekdays (Monday - Thursday) = $260.00 per person (minimum four people)
- two nights glamping accommodation with all quality linen and towels provided
- two evening meals - arrival night and second night
- pre-dinner nibbles on night two after 10.5km walk
- 10.5km walk with map provided for day one
- 5km walk with map provided for day two
- packed lunch for two days
- two continental breakfasts including free range eggs
Check out Ridge Top Farm's Walk Website to find out more.
CORPORATE EVENTS AND CHRISTMAS PARTIES
Leading up to Christmas, Sarah also offers corporate and team building days, where teams of up to 25 can come and enjoy the campsite for the day. A package can be put together to incorporate a number of options, including full catering, or any of the activities outlined below. To find out more, contact Sarah directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, click on it, select the number of people and nights you want, and then hit next. 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 via Paypal to secure your booking. Once you've completed the booking process and Paypal 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, and we also provide a secure link so you can opt to pay by credit card. Credit card payments incur a $10 surcharge.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Ridge Top Farm 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 is a short drive into the property (4WD not necessary). Guests can park their cars on the ridge of the campsite area, and it's a quick one minute walk to the campsite from there. Your car is conveniently handy, so it’s no drama to pop out to explore the local area anytime. You're welcome to come and go from the property as you please.
CHECK IN & CHECK OUT
Check-in is between 3pm - 7pm. We'll ask you to let us know what time you'll be arriving in a pre-stay reminder email that we send you about 4 days out from your stay.
Check-out is by 12pm on the day of departure.
TENTS & BED LAYOUT
One large wooden-framed tent with a 24sqm wooden floor space, comfortably sleeps up to 5 people. A second 5m diameter bell tent, comfortably sleeps up to 4. The two tents are approx 6-8 metres apart.
The large, wooden framed canvas tent will sleep up to 5 or 6 people in:
- one queen bed
- one double sofa-bed
- two camp stretchers (suitable for 12 years and under).
The hut sleeps up to 6 in:
- one queen bed
- three single bunk beds
- one single trundle bed.
Ridge Top Farm is completely off-the-grid, so has no electric power source. Energy for hot water and cooking is supplied via LPG gas bottles. German Feuerhand lanterns that run on clean-burning clarified paraffin provide lighting.
- The camp kitchen, covered outdoor BBQ area and camp bathroom are all located in one area approx 10 - 15 metres from the tents.
- The camp bathroom has a flushing toilet, sink, a shower and hot water. An atmospheric outdoor bath will also have hot running water.
- The camp kitchen is a covered area with a BBQ, sink, hot running water and walk-in pantry that can be securely closed. Plastic containers are supplied for dry food storage. A large chilly-bin which can keep food cold/frozen for up to 3 days is supplied for cool food storage.
- Cooking can be done on either a gas BBQ, gas ring or camp-fire.
- Mobile phone reception is available at the campsite, and guests are welcome to charge their phones at the family home.
The campsite at Ridge Top Farm has a campfire area which is a great place to relax with a glass of wine and a bag of marshmallows at the end of the day. It is dependent on the time of year and conditions though, and at certain times of the year will be unavailable due to higher than normal fire risk.
Queen beds are made up with 100% cotton linen. Linen for all other bedding will be provided. Wool duvets and blankets are provided.
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've taken up the 'glamp and tramp' option
- 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 - don’t forget your eco-friendly bubble bath if you’re partial to froth in your outdoor bath!
- Insect repellent and Sunscreen - A must have!
- 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 - 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.
CORPORATE EVENTS AND CHRISTMAS PARTIES
Leading up to Christmas, Sarah also offers corporate and team building days, where teams of up to 25 can come and enjoy the campsite for the day. A package can be put together to incorporate a number of options, including full catering, or any of the activities outlined below. To find out more, contact Sarah directly at email@example.com.
Ridge Top Farm 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 station 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 unecessarily 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. Children under 5 will need to be monitored near the wetlands directly in front of the campsite.
- For your own safety please do not touch any farm machinery, and do not enter the farm buildings on the property
- Being a hill country farm there are many areas that are prone to slips. Guests will be asked to stick to the campsite area and the marked 'glamp and tramp' track (if they do this) to avoid slip areas.
Check-in time is between 3pm and 7pm. We'll ask you to let Sarah and Angus know what time you'll be arriving in a pre-stay reminder email that we send to you about 4 days out from your stay.
1027 Waituna Tapuae Road, RD 9, Feilding 4779
DIRECTIONS TO RIDGE TOP FARM
Ridge Top Farm is just 20 minutes from State Highway 1 just North of Hunterville and exactly half way between Wellington and Taupo.
You can view and print a copy of these instructions, including contact details here.
Directions from Wellington (drive time 2 1/2 hours):
Follow SH1 to Sanson.
At Sanson (end of Foxton Straights) go straight ahead onto Cemetery Road, follow this until the end, then turn left onto Halcombe-Mt Stewart Road, follow this until you come into Halcombe (across the railway line).
Go straight through Halcombe on the Halcombe Stanway Road until it comes to the end, then turn right onto Makino Road, follow this for about 4km. At the Stanway Church (on right), turn left onto Shorts Road (sign posted to Waituna West). Follow this until the end, then turn left onto Dunolly Road. Follow this until end, then turn right onto Williamson Road West. Follow this until the end, then turn left onto State Highway 54 (signpost to Waituna West and Taupo). Follow this approx 1.5 km into Waituna West then turn right onto Waituna Tapuae Road (just before the little bridge), follow this approx 10.2kms. When climbing up Waituna Tapuae Road at about 7.5kms you will come across a 'School Bus Route Sign' just after the sign make sure you follow the road around to the left and stay on the tarseal (don't turn off onto the gravel side road). About another 1km on, the tarseal stops and the last 1.5kms are gravel and our gateway is on the LEFT, number 1027 is on the fencepost just past the sheepyards.
Please note: If you would like to go through Feilding from Wellington (adds an extra 15mins to your trip and gives you a chance to stock up on your supplies or see the Farmers Market on a Friday). Directions are; At Sanson turn right onto SH1 / SH3, follow this for approx 10mins until you come to a slight left turn onto Stewart Road (signs for Feilding). Follow this to the end and slight turn left again onto Awahuri Feilding Road and this will lead you all the way into Feilding (approx 5 mins)
Directions from Taihape (drive time 1 hour):
After Taihape continue on SH 1 through Mangaweka (it's the one with DC3 plane on the road side ) then go through Ohinigati (only has a pub) then continue driving for approx 15 minutes until you see the sign on the left to FEILDING. Turn left onto this road (SH 54). You then stay on this road for about 20mins, over heaps of little bridges, thru Rewa, up a big hill and along some straights until you arrive in Waituna West. In Waituna West turn LEFT just after a little narrow bridge onto Waituna-Tapuae Rd. Follow this road for 10.2kms. When climbing up Waituna Tapuae Road at about 7.5kms you will come across a 'School Bus Route Sign' just after the sign make sure you follow the road around to the left and stay on the tarseal (don't turn off onto the gravel side road). About another 1km on, the tarseal stops and the last 1.5kms are gravel and our gateway is on the LEFT, number 1027 is on the fencepost just past the sheepyards.
Directions from Palmerston North/Feilding (drive time 50 mins from Palmerston North, 30 mins from Fielding):
From Feilding go North out of town on the Kimbolton Road towards Cheltenham for about 12kms. At Cheltenham (pub & diary) turn left onto the Cheltenham Hunterville Road (SH54, signposted to Taupo), follow this road for about 15mins until you come into Waituna West. At Waituna West turn right into Waituna Tapuae Road (just before the little bridge). We are up this road approx 10.2kms. When climbing up Waituna Tapuae Road at about 7.5kms you will come across a 'School Bus Route Sign' just after the sign make sure you follow the road around to the left and stay on the tarseal (don't turn off onto the gravel side road). About another 1km on, the tarseal stops and the last 1.5kms are gravel and our gateway is on the LEFT, number 1027 is on the fencepost just past the sheepyards.
ONCE YOU GET THERE
Just head up the driveway to the main house where Sarah and Angus will greet you and show you to the campsite. At the campsite, they'll show you where everything is, how everything works and brief you on any safety issues, such as making you aware of the Native Stinging Nettle (Onga Onga).
Eating and Drinking
If you really want to spoil yourselves - go for the Ridge Top Farm fully-catered glamping experience. For an additional $90 per adult, per day, (or $50 per child under 12) Sarah offers breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts (as well as delicious treats for morning and afternoon tea). This option completely removes the hassle involved in self catering. All these meals are prepared by Sarah (who lives on the farm), and only require you to do either a quick heat through, or some final prep prior to cooking on the BBQ. This is a great way to handle meals if you're holidaying with a group of friends and excellent value. Sarah also offers individual meals - either breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check out the 'Rates and Extras' tab for more detail.
If you'd like to self-cater, Ridge Top Farm has all the facilities you need. Just bring your own food and and cook meals using the BBQ and equipment provided in your private camp kitchen. You'll find cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, and utensils.
If you want a break from cooking at any stage, and feel like a trip into town, pop in to Fielding for a meal. We recommend The Strong Room, Focal Point, Paper Plus cafe, and Sushi House which are all in Feilding. The Herb Farm cafe towards Ashhurst is also a good option.
The nearest supermarkets are either the Countdown or New World, 30 minutes away in Fielding. The nearest store selling basics, is 15 minutes away in Cheltenham. You'll also be able to stock up on beer and wine at the Cheltenham Pub.
Things To Do
AT THE CAMPSITE...
- Practice your campfire cooking!
- Relax in the outdoor bath
- Practice your golf swing with some golf driving
- Battle it out over a board game
- Visit and feed the friendly animals
- Take a short walk to the ridge where you can enjoy mountain to sea views
- Explore the wetland with regenerating native bush directly in front of the camp site
- Watch the kids slide up and down the hills on sacks
FOR A LITTLE BIT EXTRA...
Sarah and Angus have created some special, extra fun activities to keep you busy on the property. See our Rates and Extras page for detail on cost.
- Do the 'glamp n tramp' - a marked walk over farmland including a delicious picnic lunch delivered to the half way point
- Check out a shearing demonstration
- Rent a chicken coop and collect your own eggs from your mini-coop right next to your tent
- Have a go at claybird shooting
IN THE LOCAL AREA...
- Visit the Feilding Farmers Market a 30 minute drive away, between 9.00am - 2.00pm on Fridays. This is the farmer market Charles & Camilla visited when they were in New Zealand.
- Swimming at Vinegar Hill in the Rangitikei River - just 20 minutes drive away.
- Bring your rod and go fly fishing on the Rangitikei River - just 20 minutes drive away.
- Visit the beautiful Cross Hill Gardens, a 30 minute drive away, featuring 7 hectares of park like gardens, including one of the world’s finest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas.
- Have a round of golf at the Rangitira Golf Course on SH1 - 30 minutes drive away.
- Get your adrenalin rush at Gravity Cannon bungy & flying fox - a 45 minute drive away.
Ridge Top Farm is owned and run by Angus and Sarah Gilbertson - with the help of their three young children, Tom, George and Pippa. Part of the original family farm, 'Tapuae', Ridge Top Farm is 1500 acres of truly authentic Kiwi farmland.
Angus grew up in Fielding. After working on several large stations and mustering throughout the North Island, he bought into his mother's family farm 'Tapuae' in 1998, to begin farming his own family land.
Sarah, originally from rural Masterton, met Angus when she was living in Parnell, Auckland. They were married in 2008 and very much enjoy their family life in this peaceful part of rural New Zealand.
In 2012, Sarah and Angus came across the 'glamping' idea - and decided it was something they would love to try on their property. Together, they've created a farm-inspired glamping experience – and with their 1500 acres of rolling farmland, approximately 4,000 sheep, 300 cattle, free range chickens, farm dogs, pet sheep and goats, plus loads of activities, there's no shortage of experiences to choose from!
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 Ridge Top Farm. We publish these comments verbatim. Ridge Top Farm is also listed on Trip Advisor.
"We had the most amazing time at ridge top farm, the peace & quiet was just what we needed, so relaxing! Sarah is a fantastic host, so kind and she has thought of all the little touches that make your stay fun & enjoyable, we will definitely be back!"
Sonia Bertelsen (8 February 2017)
"A totally unique experience, all the best bits of camping, none of the bad!"
Helen Hartley (31 January 2017)
"We had a fabulous weekend at Ridge Top Farm. Sarah is a lovely host, the surroundings are stunning, the food was delicious, there was plenty to do, and the campsite is beautifully appointed. A great way to get away from it all when you still want a bit of luxury and comfort!"
Briony Davies (29 January 2017)
"Don't miss out on this unique experience. The location of this site is breathtaking, and the set-up is amazing. Very cosy with everything you need. Would love to visit again!"
Bianca Healy (3 January 2017)
"We loved our stay at Ridge Top Farm, its converted my son over to how much fun camping is. There are loads of activities to do while you are there, and the hosts are lovely. Get the catered option - Sarah is a great cook!"
Vee Linton (20 December 2017)
"Fabulous, cozy, well equipped setup, beautiful setting, really thoughtful and friendly hosts."
Paula Stuart (15 December 2017)
"The perfect setting for ultimate relaxation with a view to die for! Luxurious camping with the most comfortable, cosy warm bed. The outdoor bath under the stars and the 3 fires for toasting marshmallows complete this paradise. The food is exceptional and every thing you need is at your fingertips here! If your looking for a peaceful getaway that exceeds expectations - look no further than Ridge Top Farm! Will definitely be back."
Melissa (12 December 2017)
"We took a girls trip to Ridge Top Farm and none of us wanted to leave! It was the perfect trip away to get off the grid and refresh in nature, while still having a luxurious experience. The four of us stayed for two nights and got to be the first to experience the new hut which is wonderful! Highlights for us were the outdoor fire (and Sarah so thoughtfully provided marshmallows) and the outdoor baths. We were so impressed by the attention to detail and that all the charming farm touches each served a function as well as being just beautiful. Bring your wine and leave your worries - we will certainly be doing it again sometime soon!"
(7 December 2017)
"This has to be one of the best weekend getaways I've ever had. Sarah really knows how to host!"
Jack (30 November 2017)
"This spot is lovely. Embrace the lack of technology, and chill out and relax. Take plenty of good food, wine and good company and you can't go wrong."
Kirstin Monk (31 May 2016)
"If you are looking for peaceful R&R, this is the place, welcoming owners, highly recommend."
Amanda (24 May 2016)
"Beautiful scenery, lovely people, perfect setting. Amazing experience!"
Lesley Francis (20 April 2016)
"Had such a great time, felt so relaxed when we left. Even though the nights were cold we were all toasty and warm."
Christian Carter (14 April 2016)
"Ridge Top Farm is beautifully decorated, peaceful and a delight to stay at. Sarah is a wonderful host and we couldn't have asked for a better experience."
Shayla (5 April 2016)
"Wonderful place for a young family out in the country but still have all the mod cons."
Barbara Kendrick (3 April 2016)
"For those who want to escape into the rural landscape, an adventure awaits. Tucked in a sheltered corner of Ridge Top Farm, a rustic hideaway with style and charm offers thoughtful amenities and options to indulge - a true glamping experience!"
Pallas Cotter (1 April 2016)
"Amazing stay at Ridgetop Farm - so peaceful and luxurious and Sarah is an incredible chef!"
Jeanne Stuart (30 March 2016)
"Sarah and Angus are awesome. Very open feeling, yet secluded. We did some skeet shooting with Angus and he made it very easy and enjoyable. Sarah prepared a delicious meal for us which we cooked ourselves in the spacious kitchen/dining area."
Larry and Lee Chillemi (16 March 2016)
"Fabulous getaway that has captured all the best bits of camping!"
Grace (15 March 2016)
"As two families of 5 staying for the weekend we found Ridge Top farm to be the perfect escape. Sarah and Angus were the perfect hosts.
We were so impressed by the thought that had gone into the layout of the facilities which made it suitable for all weather conditions and group size. The extra experiences such as the Claybird Shooting and the Chickens were a hit with young and old. Angus was the perfect claybird tutor! Sarah thank you for your warm welcome and attention to detail that made our break from the city so special. We shall return."
Toni, David, Meg, Scott and the tribe (2 March 2016)
"Sarah was very friendly, informative, easy to communicate with. Outstanding place to stay. Tents, kitchen, bathroom. .everything was absolutely lovely. Very well organized. Breathtaking view, specially during sunset. Also watching the stars in the bath at night was just amazing. Our bbq dinner was all nicely prepared. It was very delicious!"
Jerry Seo (25 February 2016)
"This was a great way for our family to experience "camping" without being set up to do it all ourselves. A very gentle, easy and comfortable way to experience this kind of holiday with our children, and the lovely hosts helped make it so relaxing and enjoyable."
Charlotte Wood (24 February 2016)
"Amazing stay. All the luxuries of home but the peacefulness of camping and being woken up by the sun or farm animals. Food was delicious too!! Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise!"
Jennifer (19 February 2016)
"With a busy work and family life, we hadn't had time as a couple and time to truly relax for years. This experience was amazing, truly relaxing but still with the outdoors experience which we loved. We adored the bath and the yummy food and Sarah was so welcoming and helpful. Thanks guys, loved it."
Rachael Schmidt-McCleave (17 February 2016)
"Very well set up and presented. It's set up for couples, families or groups of friends and caters for all ages. All you need are your clothes, food, wine & a need to relax - everything else if taken care of."
Jess Tassell (9 February 2016)
"Ridge Top Farm was the perfect escape for us for a couple of nights after our wedding in Palmerston North. It was super relaxing just enjoying each other's company, reliving the moments of our big day, playing board games, and bathing in the outdoor bathtubs until the sun had gone down and the stars had appeared. The highlight for us was the delicious food prepared and brought down to us by Sarah. Absolutely loved our time here and would recommend it to all soon to be newly weds!"
Jennifer (8 February 2016)
"I love the wilderness! I love the lambs! Even the dung that pathed our way. Thanks to Sarah who is such a wonderful host! We had a group of 10 - she fed us all well!"
Alan and Family (7 February 2016)
"We loved our getaway at Ridge Top Farm. It was a great way to relax and get back to basics, premium basics."
Kate (3 February 2016)
"This is an amazing luxury experience - it can only really be described as Glamping Heaven. We loved the setting, the facilities and the amazing food cooked by Sarah. We travelled with a party of 4 adults and our 6 year old daughter - everyone was very sad to leave and we will definitely be back. It will be very hard to find another location with such amazing views, a sense of peace and tranquility, outstanding facilities (the cooking and living areas in particular have been well thought out), and I cannot overstate the amazing welcome given by Sarah and her family and of course her totally yummy food that she delivers to your table!"
Vicki Lawson (26 January 2016)
"Gorgeous location and set up, couldn't ask for more. Thanks again."
(20 January 2016)
"Such a beautiful setting! So cosy on a chilly day. The fireplaces are so nice and the outdoor baths were really nice to sit back and relax in."
(18 November 2015)
"We loved our time at Ridgetop Farm! The bed is one of the comfiest I've slept in and the tent was warm and cosy. A highlight for me was the outdoor tub where I lay back and looked at the stars and the gorgeous full moon. This was the perfect getaway for total relaxation. Thanks Sarah for being a great host!"
Shelley Dalton (1 October 2015)
"Fantastic location for our family of 5. Ridge Top Farm really caters to families well with good facilities and lots of activities and games for the kids. Having everything so well organised allowed us to maximise quality family time together. Thanks for an awesome stay. We'll definitely be back."
Danny Hui (29 September 2015)
"Thank you for hosting us, it was amazing and we were super reluctant to leave. Highlights included a bubble bath under the stars, Sarah's yummy cooking, acting like kids roasting marshmallows and the best shower ever. We're definitely keen to stay longer in the summer."
(30 June 2015)
"The hosts, Sarah & Angus are awesome, the food was fantastic! so definitely book the dinner, definitely do the claybird shooting! the bed was comfortable, the scenery, the location, everything was pretty awesome all round! The fireplaces!!"
Madelyn (29 June 2015)
"We stayed at Ridge Top Farm in winter for our wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful setting and staying in winter made it extra romantic. We loved having a hot bath under the stars on a crisp winter night and snuggling up round the fire, actually talking instead of watching TV or looking at our phones. Can't wait to go glamping again!"
Kelly Langton (1 June 2015)
"The outdoor baths with running hot water were a real hit with us all. The rest is really comfortable with gorgeous bedlinen. There is attention to detail in every little feature. Sarah has done a great job in designing it all. We loved the camp kitchen area too and sitting around the fire relaxing or camp cooking. All in all a great luxurious break away."
Mower Family (15 May 2015)
"We absolutely loved our stay at Ridge Top Farm. It was so private and serene, it was well equipped and had everything we needed. Loved the outdoor baths too! :) we will be back"
Megan (13 May 2015)
"This was by far our best family holiday we have ever had. The warm in hospitality and the excitement of the whole experience was beyond words. Such a great family adventure."
Lucy Dickinson (20 April 2015)
"As a busy family of five, Ridge Top Farm was the perfect way to slow down and reconnect as a family. Cooking together on the BBQ, board games, meandering over farmland, and baths under the stars. We highly recommend and hope to come back soon."
Watson Family (10 April 2015)
"Ridge Top Camp is in the most stunning location with wonderful views in all directions. Angus and Sarah are the perfect hosts and I highly recommend that you take advantage of the addition farm activities offered. You must also try meal option as Sarah's cooking is of the highest quality."
Nigel Perks (20 March 2015)
"It was everything we expected and more! Loved the little welcome pack, the hosts were great, friendly, helpful, organised. Amazing backdrop to relax in. Loved the outdoor baths and the chiminea. We will be back!"
Celeste (16 March 2015)
"We wanted a weekend away just to unwind, relax and think of nothing but the now. We SO found this at Ridgetop Farm, a wonderful location and stunning set-up - it is the epitome of 'glamping'!"
Trang Jones (6 March 2015)
"Absolutely beautiful, romantic and serene getaway for the weekend. Could not fault a thing. Would go back in a heartbeat!"
Amber-Jane (24 February 2015)
"Such a fantastic place to go - well looked after and fed extremely well. An all round amazing experience."
Emily Marsden (16 February 2015)
"Perfect getaway for 2 families with young children. Plenty of space for the kids to run around and once the children were tucked up in bed the adults can enjoy a hot bubble bath with a drink under the stars - we stayed in the outdoor baths for almost 3 hours!"
Elizabeth (10 February 2015)
"What an amazing experience! Would highly recommend to others! Its just like staying in a motel except that you have stunning views and unique surrounding!!! LOVED IT!"
Tara Robertson (9 February 2015)
"Far exceeded expectations and can't wait to return. Really felt like we had a relaxing break even though it was only a weekend. Went home very refreshed."
(1 February 2015)
"Sarah has thought of everything to make the glamping experience feel special. It would be perfect for 2 couples. They can sit round the fire in the evening playing games or just chilling out with a glass of wine and good conversation."
(20 January 2015)
"We had the best break away. It was fun and relaxing, quality time spent as a family away from the city.The owners were warm and welcoming and nothing was to much trouble for them. The tents are very cool, and outdoor baths a big hit. It was excellent, and we look forward to going again."
(15 January 2015)
"Sarah and Angus are fantastic hosts. Make sure you do the walk with the picnic lunch as a treat 1/2 way through."
Mike Conroy (12 January 2015)
"The whole experience at Ridge Top Farm far exceeded my expectations. It is obvious that the glamp site is a labour of love by Sarah and Angus and the effort and attention to detail was a rare treat. Thanks guys it was one of the highlights of our holiday."
Linda Billett - Gold Coast (9 December 2014)
"Sarah and Angus have created a quirky comfortable environment with attention to detail and everything supplied for a relaxing fun time whether you go as a couple of a group of family or friends. You do need to love being in the country of course!"
Liz French (2 December 2014)
"If you're looking for a get-away-from-it-all, technology-escaping experience with a touch of indulgence, this is perfect."
Sarah Brown (11 November 2014)
"Feel absolutely encouraged to give this place a go! Charming and discrete hosts; thoroughly relaxing and stylish experience. We have stayed at lots of baches and holiday homes and the premium we spent on this was worth every dollar; this break was our honeymoon and it completed our fairy tale wedding perfectly! Thanks."
Brett Whincup (29 October 2014)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our two days there as part of our honeymoon. The food was exquisite and the service excellent - Sarah was a great host. Despite the weather, we had a great time and will be back to enjoy the outdoor bath."
Nathan & Laura Holt (6 October 2014)
"A lovely, secluded site with ample furnishings and facilities. Take advantage of the extra services offered by the hosts!"
Danielle (16 September 2014)
"I have really enjoyed my stay at the Ridge Top Farm, the quiet and secluded atmosphere communing with nature coupled with all the necessities. Loved the outdoor tub!"
Jo Ann (12 September 2014)
"Beautiful views, peaceful surrounding and amazing food!! Our stay was pure bliss."
Melissa (26 August 2014)
"Ridge Top Farm is a fantastic place to unwind and relax. We loved it!"
6 August 2014
"Highlights for us: the FOOD, having no power which meant we spent quality (no phone) time with each other, sitting under the stars in the outdoor baths and the fen for yourself attitude - camping but not full on camping. We had an amazing time and will definitely be back."
Jasmine (30 July 2014)
"Our stay here was better than we'd ever expected. Everything was catered for and the attention to detail was incredible. We were lucky enough to have beautiful clear skies making the 'Glamp and Tramp' a truly unforgettable experience. The views over to Mt Ruapehu were unbelievable, and the delicious vintage style picnic we enjoyed just topped off the experience. Well worth the extra money. The baths under the stars were also a highlight - we'd had cloudy evenings so we weren't expecting to see many stars, but both nights as soon as we settled down with our glasses of wine in the tubs, the clouds parted and the skies were incredible. We could have sat there staring at the stars long after our baths went cold! I've already recommended this place to friends and family - everyone should get to experience this little slice of heaven!"
Amy and Ben (23 July 2014)
"Bliss. This place was like a slice of paradise. Tranquil environment, and good old fashioned fun all rolled into one. The outdoor baths are bliss and the clay shooting so much fun. We are already thinking about booking a trip back with our two boys."
Pip and Stu Lyons (15 July 2014)
"A group of 6 of us went for the best 30th weekend. The farm is gorgeous, the owners are lovely, as is their dog! Highly recommend Clay Bird shooting, even if you're not a shooter, you get really into it. And soaking in the baths!
We made full use of the BBQ and cooked up french toast, burgers and a fry up. It was so lovely snuggling up by the fire, playing games and leaving the real world behind."
Natalie and friends (27 June 2014)
"Even a cold winter weekend this place rocks! The tent gets lovely and warm, the kitchen is well equipped, hot water is hot, baths on starry nights.... and the stars, seriously the stars are amazing!!!"
Susy Carr (4 June 2014)
"The outdoor bathing experience under the stars was amazing, the night was so still and silent, the most relaxing contrast to city life. The privacy was unmatched and the setting beautiful, along with the decor in the tent, kitchen and bathrooms, done so beautifully! We found it hard to leave and wish we had stayed longer! Sarah and Angus were so friendly and thoughtful, we would love to stay again."
Rosa Gould (1 May 2014)
"We took a two year old and six year old, one with food allergies, to ridge top farm in late April. It rained during the night but we remained very warm and snug in our tent and there were plenty of games to keep us entertained. We had a fantastic time. The set up was very professional and Sarah was so accommodating to our needs. The food was fantastic. Without hesitation we would recommend ridge top farm!"
O'Reilly Family (28 April 2014)
"This is a great experience to get away from everything and just relax. The peacefulness of the location was a big plus and having a bath outdoors under the stars was outstanding!"
Glynn Howell (25 April 2014)
"We had our honeymoon here and loved it. We thought the icy cold weather might dampen our experience but it just made us hunker down in tent by fire and relax. Missed the starry nights...but out of the control of our hosts. Lovely hosts...couldnt do enough for us. Clay target shooting was awesome and we enjoyed petanque and the glamp tramp. Pay the xtra for lunch. Such a nice cosy tent. Really appreciated covered and sheltered dining area."
Andrea Wheatley (16 April 2014)
"Perfect for a weekend away from city life. Had everything we needed to relax and enjoy the private rural setting, from the outdoor bath, outdoor fire and extremely cosy luxury tent. Very welcoming and friendly hosts."
Rebecca Taylor (11 March 2014)
"We had a wonderful stay with our 2 year old little boy at Ridgetop farm. It was fun to go back to basics (not so basic with hot water & flushing loo) & just unwind from everyday fast paced life we all seem to lead now. Would recommend to family & friends to experience."
Amber Carroll (5 March 2014)
"Get out and try a totally new experience and see what a fantastic environment exists at Ridge Top Farm: breath taking views, a warm welcome, farm life. Take friends or family, food, wine, books and just have fun!"
Vivienne Haldane (1 March 2014)
"If you want the outdoor experience without the pesky inconveniences and be surrounded by beautful scenery and the most important home comforts, this is perfect. We will be back."
Tracey O'Connell (18 February 2014)
"Ridge Top Farm was magnificent. The camp was just as it looked in the pictures....a truly magical stay hosted by the very friendly owners Angus and Sarah. We loved every minute!"
Judy Tully & family (16 February 2014)
"Amazing - loved the beautiful tents, comfy bed, the well stocked facilities, piping hot shower and the baths under the stars. Kids had a ball. Hosts were just lovely and will definitely be back to try another camp - A must do!"
Alex Hill & family (12 February 2014)
"Friendly hosts who provide great food, a great spot to relax for a few days and enjoy camping without the stress. Clay pigeon shooting is a must."
Charles Woollin & family (28 January 2014)
"What a treat - after our stay at Ridge Top Farm, regular camping will never be the same again! The facilities were spacious, artfully decorated and thoughtfully stocked with all the necessities. We loved roaming the paddocks, sipping red wine in the outdoor tubs and roasting marshmallows on the open fire. The beds were uber comfortable with lots of cozy bedding (which came in handy during cyclonic weather) and the chic canvas tents oozed camping glamour! My sisters and I loved our experience, and are already looking in to when we might be able to return."
Kate Ferris - Tauranga (22 January 2014)