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.
Children by arrangement
Rates and Extras
Make sure you download or print this info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.
The campsite has two charming cabins set about 5 metres apart and two beautifully refurbished caravans a short walk away.
Tihi Cabin: has a double bed downstairs, and two single beds upstairs. Whakaruru Cabin: has a queen bed. Ngahere Caravan: has double bed plus a single bed if necessary. Moana Caravan: has two single beds which can convert to a double if necessary.
The cabins are the primary accommodation, so the caravans are only used when the group size is larger than 6 people (or 2 couples).
High quality, hotel grade bedding, linen and towels are provided.
NOTE: If you're wanting to have day visitors during your stay, please check with us first so we can advise whether the facilities are suitable.
The kitchen, living and dining area are accessed via a 40 metre bush walk, lit by a string of festoon lights at night. An outside deck, with BBQ and outdoor dining area, offer incredible views out across Auckland city.
The kitchen itself is well stocked with all the pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and utensils you'll need to cook. There is plenty of bench space for food preparation and a single induction hot plate and microwave (as well as the BBQ) for cooking. There are two barbeques provided – a small Webber and a larger Masport, both with lids. An electric toaster and kettle is supplied. A fridge is supplied for cool food storage.
The pantry basics supplied are - salt and pepper, olive oil, herbs in the garden, and Ecostore dishwashing liquid. Complimentary freshly ground coffee from locally roasted beans and a great selection of premium teas are provided.
The property is only 50 minutes from Auckland, but as you wind your way up into the Waitakere Ranges, you'll feel a million miles away from the city.
The main part of the camp (cabins and caravans) is tucked in to its own cosy spot, but it is quite close to your host's (Pip and Alec's) house on the same property. In fact, the camp kitchen, living and dining area that you reach via a 40 metre track from the cabins, is separate from, but part of their actual house (although there is no shared access and you're not even really aware of that when you're there).
While it is quite close to Pip and Alec's house, they leave you in complete privacy. You'll hardly notice the proximity once you're settled in.
The property is a small bush block. It’s very important to follow the safety guidelines and terms that you’ll find in our booking terms and in your guide found inside the cabins.
Of special note is the unfenced stream in the bush at the bottom of the property that flows into a picturesque waterfall. The rocks surrounding it can be slippery and the water level can rise rapidly after heavy storms. The walkway to the forest clearing can be slippery after rain and there are roots etc that could be trip-hazards.
Wharerangi Forest Camp has a strict two night minimum, however where there is a single night gap between bookings, it may be possible to book that single night with an additional single night surcharge of $25 per person. If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
Wharerangi Forest Camp has a standard minimum stay period of 2 nights*. The minimum booking period for long weekends such as Easter, Labour Weekend, Anniversary Weekend etc is also 2 nights.
*Where there is a single night gap between bookings, it may be possible to book that single night with a single night surcharge of $25 per person If you are interested in this option, please email us with your date request.
The standard nightly rate year-round is $250 for up to 2 people.
Additional people* are $50 per person, per night up to a maximum of 10.
When single nights are allowable, there is a $25 per person single night surcharge. This surcharge also applies where you have a multi-night booking but some members of the same group are only staying a single night.
Note - Wharerangi Forest Camp is best suited to adults, but children may be allowed in some circumstances. The $50 extra person charge will apply regardless of whether you're booking extra adults or extra children. Please email us if you're keen to book with children.
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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 Additional Day visitors are not permitted unless the owner expressly gives permission for them to join.
6.7 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.
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. Bodego, Deco Eatery and Marmaris among lots of other lovely options are nearby.
Make sure you stock up on supplies before you arrive! But if you need to pop out for supplies, there is a Fresh Choice or Countdown, both with 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.
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 perfect 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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