Arriving at The Camp in Hāwea a sense of calm sweeps over you. Children go by on bikes, parents pull out fishing lines, the sunlight dapples against the trees. Tent doors are propped open, pizza from the food truck sizzles, water laps against the rocks. It’s a beautiful scene and I took my whānau there to experience it (and FYI we didn’t want to leave)
I’m instantly transported back to campsites from the 70s in that it’s a slowed down way of life, the simple things are paramount. Lazing around, eating when you’re hungry, swimming and drying off under the trees and sunshine.
We stayed in one of the Denver tents which was set in a perfect circle of tents and facing Lake Hāwea. The most beautifully framed view you’ve ever seen.
Taking our toddler along for the ride and you might pause and think “camping? Toddler?” but this is the most perfect place to make memories.
A huge area of space to run, ride, swim, meander. There’s a huge playground, the lake has a sheltered paddle area, massive grassy areas to play games and a food truck to get your takeaway (and coffee in the morning).
We had a tent set up with a porta-cot and for the first time in months our wee one slept the whole night through. Absolutely fully entered into the land of nod.
It. Was. Glorious.
Our tent was situated in a private space in that we also had the luxury of an extra bigger tent which housed a kettle, area to sit, fridge and electricity. Perfect for sorting out snacks and making a cuppa in the afternoon.
There’s also the space and capacity for events and large groups to get in on the action with new accommodation and venue opportunities just popping up and the space for weddings to be held onsite.
We had a wander around the new large purpose-built geo dome called The Beehive perfect for corporate and wellness retreats, groups, special events and weddings.
We spent the day wandering The Camp proper and couldn’t believe how huge it was – so much space!
We also had a swim, went out on a SUP, skimmed stones, sipped coffee, rode bikes, had ice cream, had a delicious lunch over at Lake Hāwea Hotel, swung on swings, climbed rocks, sipped cold wine and then collapsed into our beautiful Denver tent tired, exhilarated and relaxed.
Ready for another new day.
There’s also the opportunity to get involved in the Family Package at The Camp. Accommodation and bike hire all sorted and tied up in a neat little package. Nothing for you to think about.
So many options for families, couple spending quiet time, a weekend away alone to read or write that novel and group bookings.
Something is very clear though it’s the perfect place to head and totally relax. Remember why you live in this darned amazing country and get yourself to The Camp Hāwea right now. You won’t regret it.
I worked with The Camp on this piece, but if I didn’t think you’d like them I wouldn’t write about them.