Tawanui Farm

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Tawanui Farm


Tawanui Farm Glamping is located between Kaikoura and Christchurch on the East coast of the South Island. It's an easy 1 hour, 15 minutes drive from Christchurch and just 15 minutes from the township of Cheviot.

The campsite itself is set on rolling farmland, surrounded by kanuka and pine plantations. Two geodesic domes, a central camp kitchen and a large hot tub are sensitively landscaped into a gentle hillside. You'll get exclusive use of the whole campsite, regardless of how many people are in your group.

An incredible 180-degree view in front of the site looks down toward the Hurunui River, with views from the inland Kaikoura mountain ranges to the North Pacific Ocean. 

Tawanui Farm is a working sheep, beef and deer farm so you'll see plenty of animal and birdlife. Your hosts offer ATV farm tours across their spectacular property - a great opportunity to get up close and personal. Or for the adrenalin junkies, give their Hurunui River Jet boating a try!

At the end of the day, relax in the hot tub under a vast and starry night sky, before getting cosy in your beautiful dome.

Waking up to a new day you'll hear the birds singing from the pine plantation behind the site, and on some mornings, you can even hear the ocean - 3kms from the campsite.

FROM $320 p/n

  • Sleeps 8
            Child Friendly
      Child Friendly

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

Make sure you download or print this handy info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile phone reception at all times.

host address

1434 Blythe Road, Cheviot

Please note that the above address is for your hosts home. The directions to get to the campsite on Tawanui Farm are below. If you have trouble following the directions to the campsite - make your way to the above address so you can be escorted to the campsite by your hosts.


Tawanui Farm is set in the Hurunui District on the East coast of the South Island, approximately 1.5 hours North of Christchurch. 

To get there, follow the Google Maps directions to Blythe Road. To find the entrance to the track that leads to the campsite you'll need to follow the below instructions carefully.

If coming from the south: The track entrance is at the top of a hill to the right approx 1km north of 1434 Blythe Road.

If coming from the North: Go over the Hurunui Mouth Swing bridge, carry on up the hill past Riverview Road. At the top of the hill, the track entrance is on the left.

The entrance to the track is through some pine trees. Go through the entrance and follow the track to left and along the ridge towards the ocean. Stay on this track all the way to the campsite. The track is approximately 3km and goes through some ups and downs and a few sharp turns. You won’t need to open any gates, so just stay on the track. A reasonably steep incline towards the end of the track will indicate you are close to the site.

The track is suitable for any vehicle in all weather conditions.

Once you get to the campsite, make yourselves comfortable and one of your hosts, Mike, Tim or Elspeth will pop up to check you're settled in and give you a quick safety briefing.

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2. cancellation, date changes and severe weather warnings

3. safety and hazards

4. pets

5. GST

6. conditions of occupancy and conduct

7. authority to sign

  • Eating and Drinking

    Tawanui Farm Glamping is self-catering. Just bring your own food and drink, and cook meals using the facilities provided in your camp kitchen. You'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need.

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, Cheviot is just a 15-minute drive away. The Twin Rivers café/gallery with Mt Beautiful Wine Tasting room comes highly recommended. The Paddock bar and restaurant and Cheviot Trust Hotel offer good hearty meals for hungry glampers. 

    If you want to go further afield, the Waipara wine area is 40 minutes South, or  Kaikoura is 1 hour North.

  • Things to do

    At the campsite, there's board games, petanque, and plenty of space to kick a ball. But if you can bear to tear yourself away from the giant 6-8 person gas-heated hot tub and spectacular views of the campsite, you'll find plenty to do in the area.

    Your hosts, the Loughnan family, operate Energy Jet, Hurunui River Experiences if you're keen for a jetboating adventure. This is specially discounted for glampers! They also offer ATV farm tours for those keen to see a true kiwi farm in action (Check out the Rates and Extras button for more information). 

    There's also swimming and fishing available at the Hurunui River, 10 minutes drive away, and surfing and swimming at Gore Bay, 20 minutes away. The Manuka Bay DOC track from the Hurunui River mouth to Gore Bay is a 10-minute drive away.

  • Your Hosts

    Your hosts at Tawanui Farm are Mike, Elspeth and Tim Loughnan - and a nicer bunch of people you couldn't hope to meet.

    The Loughnan family are the fifth generation to farm and live in the Blythe Valley. Tawanui Farm is situated towards the mouth of the Hurunui River and overlooks its beautiful waters

    Mike and eldest son Tim share the responsibilities of running the 450ha sheep and beef farm along with its tourism ventures, Energy Jet and Tawanui Farm Glamping and farm tours. Elspeth teaches at the local Cheviot Area School. Tim’s other siblings Virginia and Hugh are both involved in Environmental Consultancy in Christchurch

    The neighbouring Hurunui River has been a huge part of their lives, mainly on a recreational level. Showing people their part of the country is huge passion for the family. Combining the novelty of glamping with the thrill of jet boating and farm tours has given them a great platform for introducing their beautiful corner of the world to visitors - both Kiwi and international.


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