Location Feature: Valley Vista Eco Retreat

This weeks location feature is Valley Vista Eco Retreat.

This location is a unique concept, born from the minds of Beth Stone and Barry Wallace. They initially set out to build a glamping business from scratch, but have ended up with so much more.

Set in picturesque rural Kaiwaka, north of Auckland, Valley Vista provides a wonderful place to get away from all the hustle and bustle. There are a host of different accommodation options, including a bed and breakfast in the restored villa, glamping in a tiny chalet or bushman’s hut and various tent and vehicle options. With 70 acres of land, there’s plenty of places you could set up a tent if you have a 4WD to get you there. There is one thing, however, that really sets this destination aside from others – they are fully off grid. With a brilliant solar setup and a vast array of other eco systems, Valley Vista doesn’t rely on any town supply. Sounds like a perfect place to experiment with your camping setup.

Due to Valley Vista’s location, there’s a vast array of activities in the nearby area. With two coasts within 15 minutes’ drive (Mangawhai and Kaipara Harbour), there’s plenty of great fishing. In addition to the fishing, there’s plenty of places you can go to relax or launch the jet ski. Mangawhai has a brilliant surf beach, as well as an estuary with calmer waters. The Tomarata lakes are also nearby which are a popular spot for families, while the roads around the area provide some great opportunities for exploring and sightseeing. There are numerous restaurants, pubs and cafes near to Valley Vista, so you’re never going to be short of a meal while you’re out exploring. If you’re looking for something particularly nice, check out the cheese shop in Kaiwaka and the chocolate factory in Mangawhai. As far as family activities go, one particularly good place to visit is the Matakohe Kauri Museum. It is surprisingly large and gives a comprehensive and interesting insight into the history of the North.

Alternatively, if you want to simply relax, unwind and take in the awesome views, there’s plenty of opportunity for that. There’s some native bush with a beautiful spring water stream where you can relax in the shade. Or, you could drive your truck to a nice scenic spot to have a picnic before you hunker down for the night in your eco-friendly glamping unit.

Check out facebook.com/valleyvista or phone 0274937801

– Louis Prouting


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