Maunga Iti, meaning 'little hills' in Maori, is a large bush block just inland from the stunning Tutukaka coastline. At an easy 2 1/4 hour drive from Auckland, this delectable slice of kiwi paradise makes the perfect escape for weary city folk looking to recharge and relax.
Maunga Iti is owned by Stefan and Ira Seitzer, who have spent the last 20 years creating a private bushland retreat, complete with bush tracks, a pristine fresh water stream and native birds.
The luxury tent is perfectly positioned on the top of a small hill, with dreamy views out over bushland to the ocean and islands beyond. The interior incorporates hand-crafted furniture and a queen-sized bed with Egyptian cotton sheets and natural bedding. At night, a wood-burning stove makes the space warm and cosy. When it's warm, sleep with the tent open, and soak up the sounds of the bush and the view of the moonlight on the ocean.
Access from the back of the tent takes you straight out to your enclosed ensuite bathroom and camp kitchen with on tap hot water.
Campers wanting to completely relax don't even have to worry about meals. Ira (a total foodie) can prepare delicious meals to order - the ultimate glamping treat!
If you can tear yourself away from the comfort and tranquility of your tent, you'll find a range of things to do on and around the property. Maunga Iti has a number of bush walking tracks to enjoy, ranging from 20 - 45 minutes in length. Just down the road is a ridge-way section of New Zealand's famous Te Araroa walking track (which runs the entire length of the country). There's a raft of other activities in the area to take advantage of too; diving or snorkeling at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve, surfing at Sandy Bay, even big game fishing at Tutukaka.
"A perfect weekend at Maunga Iti. Amazing location, stunning views, and wonderful hospitality. We loved the native bush walk, our delicious valentine's day dinner and falling asleep to the sounds of nature. We highly recommend Maunga Iti to everyone looking for a magical getaway. We will definitely be back. Thanks Ira and Stefan."
Amanda and Hone (16 February 2015)