Kiwi farmers cash in on glamping craze

New Zealand farmers are being encouraged to look at offering glamping accommodation as the demand for luxury camping options grows.

Ruben Martinez from international glamping website Glamping Hub told Rural Exchange that many New Zealand farms are well-suited for glamping.

"New Zealand in general has the landscape which lends itself to outdoor outdoor accommodations," he said.

Martinez said the first thing for farmers to think about is the accommodation type.

This glamping set-up is on a working beef farm at Otiake in the South Island.
This glamping set-up is on a working beef farm at Otiake in the South Island. Photo credit: Supplied

"There's no shortage of options - cottages, pods, domes, safari tents or bell tents."

He said it's a good idea to try and offer something different.

"Try and be different, and offer an experience that lends itself to the landscape," Martinez explained.

A farm near Whakatane offers a 'countryside getaway'.
A farm near Whakatane offers a 'countryside getaway'. Photo credit: Supplied

"A type of experience that's attached to the accommodation and property, and that helps tell a story, is also really important."

For farmers worried about time away from farming duties, Martinez said glamping is a good option as property owners can spend as much time as they wish with their guests.

"If they want to offer a high level of service, or if want to leave people to enjoy the scenery and leave them alone, they can."

Glamping Hub features a number of New Zealand farms, including stays on farms in Waikato, Whakatane and Otago.

Listen to the interview with Ruben Martinez from Glambing Hub on Rural Exchange.

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