Glam Camping at Castaways is set on a spectacular North Island coastal property in the South Western corner of Auckland, just 50 minutes drive from the CBD.
The well-known resort offers guest accommodation, a tranquil day spa, beautiful restaurant - Agave, loads of adventure activities - and now glamping!
There are three Coastal Tents located on the secluded cliffs above Karioitahi Beach, a tree tent suspended in between two mighty totara trees and a unique new group glamping Village - they've not done it by halves.
The Coastal Tents are located 10 minutes by golf cart from the main resort, giving couples a chance to instantly unwind in a truly restful and romantic spot. With your gourmet self-cook dinner and breakfast included in the package, all you need to think about is getting yourself there - the rest is taken care of.
These specially designed tents are the ultimate in 5-star glamping. Although completely off-grid, solar power produces electricity for lighting, stereo, even an espresso machine and refrigerator - which you'll find stocked full with all the food you'll need to create delicious, gourmet meals on the BBQ.
Castaways is about a 50 minute drive from the centre of Auckland. Google Maps gives accurate directions to get to there.
Once you arrive at Castaways, you'll need to check in to reception. Once checked in, the team will give you instructions on how to get to your tent. Make sure you arrive before dark so you can safely drive (via golf cart) to your tent. Late (after dark) check-ins, will not be able to access the tent.
If you need to get in touch with Castaways prior to your arrival, give them a call directly on 09 236 5041.
Check in is after 3pm on the day of arrival and before 5pm.*
Check out is before 10am on the day of departure.
Check in is at Castaways reception, which is well signposted at the entrance of the resort.
*Please note that you must arrive before 5pm. The golf carts you'll be given to transport you to the tent site can't be driven at night due to safety reasons. If you arrive after 5pm, you will not be able to access your tent for the night.
Castaways tents are off-the-grid, and all power is supplied via solar panels and gas. Lighting works in the tents just like at home - flick the switch! Powerpoints are available for charging small devices.
There is no mobile phone reception at the Coastal Tents. Mobile phone reception is 100m up the hill behind the tent for the Coastal Tents. There is no WIFI at the tents but there are powerpoints for charging small devices.
Castaways Glam Camping is for adults and couples only. 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. You can select 'child-friendly' in the search bar to find these sites easily.
For 2-Night Ultimate Relaxation Package guests: If you've elected to get to the tree tent via electric bike, water bottles, bike helmets, and safety vests are provided, but don't forget to bring sensible biking shoes, sunscreen and a raincoat.
Castaways coastal tents are situated near a clifftop, so caution needs to be taken and signposts should be adhered to. There is uneven ground on the farm and around the sites and care should be taken when walking around.
October, November and April:
- $480.00 per couple (including self-cook meals and wine)
December, Jan, Feb, March:
- $520 per couple (including self-cook meals and wine)
Note - additional night can be booked for $500
May, June, July, August and September: - Friday and Saturday - $480 per couple, per night (including self-cook meals and wine) - Sunday to Thursday - $430 per couple, per night (including self-cook meals and wine)
All public holidays and public holiday weekends and surrounding dates:
- $560 per couple (including self-cook meals and wine)
Your Coastal Tent Experience will include:
A gourmet dinner and breakfast package complete with cooking instructions and BBQ
A bottle of wine and other beverages as well as chocolate and fruit treats
Hotel luxury bedding and linen with breathtaking views straight from your pillow to the ocean below
A seamless solar powered off-grid luxury experience.
If you'd like to book one of the below 'extras' - just make a note in the comments box when booking and someone will get in touch with you to arrange directly.
Indulge yourself at the Bersantai Day Spa with treatments starting from $85
Archery - $45 per person (min 2 people)
Grab your bow and arrow, take aim and see if you're a hot shot or and outside chance! Enjoy the tranquility of our hillside archery site and recieve expert instruction to improve your score. Allow 1 - 1/2 hours.
Clay Target Shooting - $95 per person (min 2 people)
Ready...aim...fire! Take your best shot. Test your aim at our very own target range set in the cliff tops of Karioitahi Beach. Enjoy the satisfaction of blasting a clay and improving your skills. Includes all equipment, fully facilited and anyone can do it! Allow 1 hour. May not be suitable or pregnant women.
Give the gift of glamping! Gift Vouchers are available for Castaways 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.
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).
2.1 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 or date changes by you within 4-21 days of your arrival date will result in 50% of the total cost of your stay being charged. Cancellation or date changes within 3 days of your arrival date will result in 100% of the total cost of your stay being charged.
2.4 Date changes made more than 21 days prior to your original arrival date are allowed without penalty.
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.
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 consultation with Canopy Camping Escapes.
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.
A gourmet dinner and breakfast package complete with cooking instructions is included in the price. You will be given a choice of steak, salmon, chicken or vegetarian, and either red or white wine, to select from during the online booking process. You'll enjoy a 3 course, easy self-cook dinner, and continental and cooked breakfast. You'll also be provided with plenty of snacks and a selection of drinks.
Tea, coffee, milo, and even a coffee machine to make a decent espresso, are all provided.
Things To Do
You can completely unplug and reconnect at Castaways. Read, relax, soak in the outdoor tub, or lounge in the hammock. Cosy up in bed with a good book and listen to the sound of the surf.
Enjoy the amazing views and changing light on the ocean from wherever you are - the bed, the bath or the hammock! If you can tear yourself away, go for a stroll on the property, either on the farm, or down to the beach.
Castaways offer a range of activities, such as archery and clay target shooting, that you can book directly with Castaways once you've made your booking. You can also book into Bersantai (Castaways day spa) for a hot stone massage or one of the many other tempting treatments available. Once you've made your booking just contact Castaways directly to book your treatment.
Castaways is set on a recreation reserve in the most south western corner of Auckland City.
In 2002 Gavin & Raewyn Shine purchased the property and existing business (KP's) and after extensive renovations to the restaurant, reopened as Castaways, a Wedding, Conference and Dining destination.
Over the years Castaways has grown and expanded to include 25 chalets and studio units, a day spa, beautiful new restaurant - Agave, and loads of adventure activities. It's now one of the most popular wedding and conference destinations in the Greater Auckland region.
In 2013, Gavin and Raewyn started a whole new Castaways experience with Castaways Glam Camping. They started with just one, and now have the three coastal tents and the Totara tree tent to offer guests. Their latest glamping endeavour is the brand new Glam Camping Village. Serena Shine, Gavin's daughter has taken over management of the glam camping for Castaways and is supported by a number of friendly and helpful staff, including live-in resort managers.
2-Night Ultimate Relaxation Package
Package price - $1320 per couple
One night in the Coastal Tent
One night in the Totara Tree Tent, Castaways forest based glam camping tent located inland from the coast
A 60min relaxation massage or facial per person in Bersantai, Castaway's unique Bali inspired day spa
A late lunch at the Castaway's onsite Agave Restaurant with a Day Tripper’s meal (eight scrumptious options to choose from)
3-Night Great Escape Package
Package price - $1960 per couple
Your 3-Night Great Escape Glam Camping Experience includes:
Three nights at a secluded coastal Glam Camping setting with transportation via your own electric buggy to the main Castaways resort
After your first night, wake up to a day of indulgence by making your way to our unique Bali inspired day spa where you will enjoy a 60 minute Relaxation Massage or Facial.
After you’ve been pampered you'll enjoy lunch at our onsite Agave Restaurant where you’ll have eight scrumptious lunch options to choose from off our day tripper menu.
The next day of your escape is a day of adventure. Head back down to Castaways Resort reception to meet your Archery guide who will take you to our hillside archery range where you have the chance to test your bowman’s skills.
After Archery, enjoy another scrumptious lunch at our onsite Agave Restaurant before heading back to camp for your last night under the stars.
Castaways Glam Camping Packages
Complete the form below to enquire about either our Two-Night Ultimate Relaxation Glam Camping Experience or our Three Night Great Escape Glam Camping Experience. We'll get back to you as soon as possible to confirm the dates you want are available, and complete your booking.
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