New Zealand’s top dog friendly glamping retreats


Nestled in a few of New Zealand’s verdant valleys you’ll come across many of our favourite dog-friendly glamping retreats. No staycation is complete without bringing your dog along for the experience so we’ve hand-selected New Zealand’s top dog friendly glamping retreats for you to explore. Leave the sleeping bags, night lights and gas cookers at home, this is luxury ‘camping’ at its finest, fit with outdoor baths, woodfires and plush bedding.


Little Rock – Canterbury

Retreat to this secluded patch of paradise where you’ll find yourself accompanied by some friendly fantails and the gentle whisper of the river nearby. Surrounded by trees and ferns, you can take cover at the leaning bar with a homemade cocktail or glass of wine while you immerse yourselves in nature. Let the evening pass you by, snuggled up by the woodfire before slipping into a queen-size bed in the midst of the tree canopy. Perfect for every season, Little Rock offers cute open-plan accommodation with a bathroom and kitchenette as well as an outdoor bath.

My husband and I loved our stay at Little Rock. Jody & Alan were the best hosts and we were sad we couldn’t stay longer! It was a true privilege to take our furbaby with us, and she absolutely loved it too! Hopefully, we’ll be back again one day soon!

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Love Bus – Raglan

Check in to the Love Bus, Raglan’s best dog friendly glamping getaway… with expansive ocean views, you and your dog will be in your element firepit-side toasting marshmallows together. We particularly love the large deck set on 35 acres overlooking the coastline, just 4kms from Whale Bay you couldn’t pick a more perfect spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can pack light as the Love Bus has everything you need for a blissful stay, equipped with a kitchen and gas cooktop, the owners have even gone so far as to include some candles for your candlelit dinner and an extra duvet in winter for ultimate slumber.

“Great place for downtime, even in some wild weather! Great setup and listening to the rain by candlelight was magic. The outdoor bath was fabulous with amazing views. Bed very comfortable and bathroom roomy.”

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River Bothy Glamping – Far North

river bothy glamping

Your home away from home, with all the extras but none of the stress. Nestled amongst Olive trees, the Bothy is far from its basic Scottish hut namesake. The off-grid riverside cabin is the perfect escape for you and your four-legged friend. With some coastal walks, scenic lookouts and white sandy beaches right on the doorstep there’s no wonder Riverside Escape’s River Bothy has such a special place in our hearts. Watch the dusk settle across the water and relax by the wood burner under the stunning night sky.

outdoor bath under the stars

“A beautiful place to stay. Perfect for our water loving dog, relaxing and appreciating the beautiful outdoors. Everything was thought of and it was a beautiful stay.”

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Terako Hut – Mt Lyford, Canterbury

Mt Lyford Hut in the snow

Our list of dog friendly glamping spots in New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without Lake Stella’s mountain retreat… offering tranquillity and a vast array of walking routes you can prepare yourself and dog for a magical adventure like no other. Relax in your private hut with its own exterior wood-fired bathtub after exploring some of the 27km of trails with breathtaking views in all directions. Partake in a bit of stargazing with a well-earned mulled wine or G&T before curling up with your dog in your true alpine-style abode. Take a look here for the full run-down.

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“Highly recommended. Definitely a stellar spot if you’re into sublime wild places… and up for embracing a quality kiwi mountain hut style adventure. Great wee rooms, epic views…”

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Waipu Glamping – Bream Bay

When we think of glamping our minds immediately turn to a safari tent with all the luxuries of a soft bed, cheese platters on the deck and long, hot soaks in the open air. Waipu Glamping ticks ALL of those boxes and most importantly, it’s perfect for furry plus ones. On arrival, you will find a welcome basket with fresh homemade bread, a s’mores kit and chocolates (where do we book?). Waipu Glamping is located on a lifestyle property overlooking beautiful native bush with every detail accounted for. We’d recommend this one for families and couples alike.

“What an awesome spot. Quiet, peaceful and still. It has everything you could need, 10 mins away from the shops/beach, but sufficiently tucked away that you wouldn’t know. The outdoor bath is something special on a clear night.”

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Te tuhi dome – Taupo

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Enjoy unrivalled panoramic views of native bush, farmland and Lake Taupo from this special spot as it comes alive with birdsong at dawn and dusk from the locals. If you feel like exploring, you can embark on some of Taupo’s delights. Dog friendly cafes are plentiful or you could make the most of your private hideaway by taking advantage of the 5-course gourmet dinner on offer from Wild Roots, with 90% of the meal ready to go and waiting for you in your fridge when you arrive. Don’t forget to pack the Salmon Bites for your dog to devour as the sun goes down.

glamping view

“The Te Tuhi Dome is beautifully designed and dressed. It’s comfortable, peaceful, relaxing, clean and functional. It’s has a beautiful view. And a most gorgeous outdoor bathroom”

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