Wharerangi Forest

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Please rest assured that if you do book a stay and a move back to a higher Alert Level means we have to close, we will postpone or refund your stay.

Wharerangi Forest

Waitakere Ranges

Wharerangi Forest Camp is set against the backdrop of the magnificent Waitakere forest. While only an easy 50 minutes drive from downtown Auckland, as you wind up the bush-clad hills of the Waitakere ranges, you'll feel a million miles from anywhere.

The camp is set up close to hosts, Alec and Pip's home - but in it's own little corner of the property. It's a fantastic group holiday option, consisting of two luxury guest cabins and two beautifully renovated caravans - sleeping up to 10 people. 

A short walk through the tall native bush surrounds, connects the bush accommodation with a large camp kitchen, living and dining area. The outdoor deck has spectacular panoramic views - the ideal spot to enjoy the twinkling lights of Auckland in the distance, or the sparkling night sky above.

Surrounded by nature, you'll see native birds like fantails, tomtits, tui and native pigeon dart about in the early evening. A pretty stream meanders through the bush nearby. A short walk through the bush takes you to a glade near the stream with a comfy swing bench for relaxing amongst the trees.  At night you'll hear the sound of water trickling over the rocks and the morepork calling from the treetops.

Wharerangi Forest Camp exudes a warm welcome to city-weary folk. Upon arrival, you're immediately immersed in the tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. The harmonious vibe helps you quickly forget the busy life you've just left, to enjoy peace and quiet, breathtaking views, unspoilt natural bush and golden sunrises.

FROM $250 p/n

Children by arrangement

  • Sleeps 10
            Winter Escape
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27 Turanga Road, Henderson Valley, 0612


Wharerangi Forest Camp is just 50 minutes from downtown Auckland. If you follow the Google Maps to get there, the directions will take you up Mountain Road.  Although this is the shortest route, the road is windy, steep and very narrow in places.  You may prefer the alternative via Scenic Drive which is a little longer but a lot easier, especially if you are arriving after dark.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Wharerangi Forest Camp has all the facilities you need to self-cater. Just bring your own food, and prepare meals in the substantial camp kitchen. There is an induction hot-plate, BBQ and microwave for cooking, and you'll find all the cutlery, crockery, pots and pans that you'll need. A fridge is provided for cool food storage.

    If you want a break from cooking, head to one of the fantastic local eateries. BodegoAdriatico and The Grounds are a few of the many lovely options nearby.

    Make sure you stock up on supplies before you arrive! But if you need to pop out, there is a Fresh Choice or Countdown, both within a 20 minutes’ drive.

  • Things to do

    You can easily wile away the hours just relaxing at the campsite. Grab a book, a bean bag and soak up the forest surrounds. At night, jump in the spa, for star-gazing and bubbles.

    There are outdoor bean-bags and a gorgeous swing bench in the forest clearing to relax in. Get social with some petanque and corn-throw games, or just a good old fashioned board game.

    The area is best known for the network of walking tracks that criss-cross it. They cover a range of habitats from lush native rainforests and scenic coastlines to rocky shores, towering waterfalls and windswept beaches. There are also the famous black-sand swimming and surfing beaches, galleries, weekend markets and a range of vineyards and wineries.

  • Your Hosts

    Alec and Pip Mandis discovered their property 'Wharerangi' when hunting for a home away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Settling in this peaceful and beautiful corner of the Waitakere Ranges has been a dream come true for the couple.

    With privacy, spectacular views and forest tranquillity, they knew they had the perfect recipe for a glamping retreat. It was the ideal opportunity to combine their passion for the natural magnificence of the Waitakere Ranges, and their infectious desire to share it.

    Alec has a precision engineering business, and Pip swapped a busy corporate career to set up the forest camp. No detail has been overlooked and the gorgeous result is a testament to their talents for design, decorating and landscaping.

    Wharerangi is home to the couple and their two busy dogs, independent and slightly aloof cats, a trio of large heritage-breed chickens and an abundance of wild birdlife. They will be delighted to share it with you too!

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