Pop-Up Glamping

Explorelife glamping by the river {Event Planning}

Like the idea of sleeping in the great outdoors but need home comforts? Does the idea of set up and packdown take the shine off camping? Pop-up glamping could just be the answer.

The term glamping is bandied around a lot today, but when are you really glamping? Well it’s not just having access to a hot shower and sleeping under a duvet. We reckon it’s when someone else sets up a gorgeous tent with a rug, a comfy bed, lovely bedding, furniture and even flowers. It may even look better than your bedroom at home. Now that’s glamping!

There are plenty of semi-permanent glamping tent sites located around the country now, but we wanted to check out the pop-up versions, where you can camp wherever you please. They work really well for a range of events, from daytime picnics (maybe for a hen’s party), romantic escapes in the country, to backyard sleepovers. Plus they can act as overflow accommodation for party or wedding guests. And, of course, they would bring a family camping trip to the next level.

Photography Credit:  Sean Craig

The three following companies all have bell tents.

Explore Life

Wanaka-based Explore Life Glamping puts you up in comfort with a queen bed, heating and lighting but goes a step further… The tents are given a vintage safari/explorer vibe, with the addition of things like lovely teak and leather furniture; think a writing desk styled up with a little globe, notebook and lamp. It’s a perfect getaway for a couple or a group, and if you need ideas on locations, they also have properties where they can set up (see site for details).

For a picnic or party, a lounge tent arrangement is ideal, complete with comfy cushion-strewn couch, coffee table, sheepskins and rugs – just set up a dining table outside and you have the perfect day. Explore Life can sort anything from catering and florals to entertainment and portable bathroom, so you needn’t lift a finger.


Tessa Moriarty set up Camplight from her Auckland home with the idea that people could plan their own adventure, and do it in style – so pick up or local delivery was her starting point. (The tents can sleep up to eight people, regular camping.) But if you want it all laid on, Tessa will organise a chic set up – a couple can expect a queen air bed, side table and chairs, or you can have up to six people on single airbeds with bedding for a fun slumber party atmosphere.

Nomadic Tents


Nomadic sells a range of tents, rents out unfurnished tents for regular camping trips, and also offers the whole hog – creating a pop-up hotel room for you. Expect a queen mattress, high-quality linen, lanterns, seats and rugs. They’re all about the details so will also pretty up the situation with things like personalised signs for guests, floral arrangements and more.

Nomadic tent arrangements are for up to five people camping or four people glamping with a range of configurations for single and double beds.

So if you are over sleeping on squeaky stretchers, putting on damp clothes and crawling into a tiny pup tent, you might want to try glamping.

By Sarah Nicholson
September 2020

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