On the hunt for a unique New Zealand accommodation experience and an escape from the big city hustle? Footballs + Stilettos visits Clifton Glamping, a luxurious getaway just minutes from Havelock North, Hastings and Napier, where relaxation comes easy and the adventures are endless.

Perfectly positioned on rolling hillside overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Maraetotara river lies Hawkes Bay’s newest romantic getaway for couples who long for the adventure camping provides, without foregoing life’s little luxuries.

Clifton Glamping is the creation of Tom and Lucia Gordon, who wanted to share their passion for the family farm, and its diverse landscape with the rest of the world. Inspired by Pinterest and crafted with love on historic Clifton Station, the couple set about creating the perfect glampsite ready for the warm summer months.

With a relaxed ambience and an exotic mix of eclectic African and Asian inspired décor to greet you, it’s all about choice at Clifton Glamping. Snuggle under the covers of the king-size bed whilst admiring the view or step onto the sun deck complete with lounge chairs and read a book. Barbeque sausages for an authentic camping experience or unleash your culinary skills in the self-catering kitchen.  Take a luxurious outdoor bubble bath or cool off in your own private watering hole.

You’ll need to sit down on the rustic camp chair and toast a marshmallow over the open fire while you recover from all these decisions, and while you’re at it, take in the tranquil sounds of nature surrounding you and the vast view of the countryside in front of you.

Not one to sit still for too long? Clifton Glamping has activities to cater to everyone’s tastes. Complimentary bikes allow you to access some of Hawkes Bay’s picturesque coastal trails, where you can take in the panoramic ocean landscape. Just minutes away you’ll find some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed wineries where you can indulge in some taste testing or dine in and enjoy a glass of wine with lunch.

For a more authentic farm experience, Clifton Station offers Sheep dog and shearing demonstrations, or grab the reins and go horse riding along the banks of the river which gently meanders through the farm. Te Awanga beach provides the surfing enthusiast with a stunning break just 2km away, or if you feel inclined to tee off on a luxurious golf course you can do that too.  World-class Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is just up the road and comes complete with an indulgent Day Spa.

So what are you waiting for?  When it’s time to relax, refresh and reconnect with nature, Clifton Glamping offers everything you could possibly wish for in a slice of Hawkes Bay paradise.


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