Private camping rentals at Thames

Land for
Tent ready
Area
33 ha

Your host, Chris

Member since September 2017. Be the first to stay here and share the HomeCamper spirit.

Amenities

  • Animals welcome
  • Drinking water
  • Barbecue
  • Electricity
  • Tumble drier
  • Washing machine
  • Drying rack
  • Independent toilets
  • Wireless internet
  • Independent solar shower
  • Independent kitchen
  • Fridge (in house)
  • Horses welcome
  • Bicycle storage
  • Parking onsite
  • Picnic table
  • Campfire allowed
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Description

The driveway is steep, and can be tricky to access from the road at times due to traffic. The main road is a rural road, but very windy, so extreme care must be taken to give a lot of notice before turning into the driveway, and if it is missed, drivers should continue past for 100m and turn around in the turning bay.

The setting

We are 7 minutes from the centre of Thames township, a rural town of 7,000 people.
The property encompasses one whole valley, and there are no neighbours visible.
It is a quiet place, with good access to the sea, and a situation right in the middle of pristine New Zealand native forest.
The land rises from sea level to 340m in elevation, and there are 5km of walking tracks which give access to the whole area.

The spots

The camping sites are mostly situated in the forest, although there is a large grassy clearing that is also available.
The campsites have been selected for their beauty, the ease of access to amenities, and to ensure that they get enough sun.
Some sites are 30 second walk from parking, whereas others may take half an hour.
It depends on how keen our guests are, and how prepared they are with regards to their equipment.

The sanitary facilities

We have a long drop style toilet (dry toilet) and a shower shed with solar showers. However, you can shower where you like (away from waterways) using one of our solar showers, if you want to hang the shower somewhere in the bush. Hot water is only obtainable by boiling it on the stove.
Water is straight from our stream, and safe of any contaminants.

The amenities

We can provide access to electricity for charging devices and limited wifi.
Guests can use the shed downstairs from our house for charging electrical gear, and for storing bikes, etc.
There is a fridge there for guest use, as well as a washing machine (available for $5/load).
There is a charcoal & wood barbecue for use by guests (wood provided).
The kitchen is an outdoor set up under a tarpaulin, with a gas cooker, gas barbecue, sink, bench, and some basic furniture.
There are a couple of cold pools in the stream to bathe in during summer.
All pots, pans, utensils are provided, along with some basic condiments.
We have a good range of books for people to borrow during their stay.
We can take people's recycling and rubbish, and we have composting facilities for biodegradables.
We welcome dogs, as long as they are well trained, are kept on long leashes when not supervised, do not harass other guests or bark constantly, and owners make an effort to clean up their poo.
The proprietors can offer dog sitting services on arrangement, as well as a limited amount of dog paraphernalia.
Breakfast and dinner can be cooked for guests for an additional sum, and given advanced notice.

The activities

There are 5km of walking tracks cut and marked. Much of it is labelled as a botanical walk, and a pamphlet guide can be bought for $2 to accompany it if required.
I am happy to give guided walks for NZ$20/hour, describing the vegetation and cultural history of our place, as I have worked in the bush for over 20 years doing botany work. We have kayaks and basic fishing gear, so visitors can go fishing from across the road, straight from our beach (I can accompany them if I am available).
Fish can be caught 200m from shore.

Other things

The driveway is steep, and can be tricky to access from the road at times due to traffic. The main road is a rural road, but very windy, so extreme care must be taken to give a lot of notice before turning into the driveway, and if it is missed, drivers should continue past for 100m and turn around in the turning bay.


Rules

Advance notice needs to be given for security reasons, and to ensure that someone is home (I work away a lot).
Smokers must take utmost care during summer to ensure they don't start a forest fire, by using ashtrays provided.
No loud and raucous behaviour unless expressly agreed to by the proprietors.
It is a peaceful place, and we would prefer guests keep music volumes low.

Extras

Possibility of breakfast (€9 / person)

A wide range of food (and hence price), depending on what we have in the fridge. Omelette, muesli, porridge, seasonal fruit, bacon and eggs, haggis and smoked fish, nasi lemak... I love to cook, and if you give us a bit of notice we can do our best to rustle something tasty up. All food is free range, and we endeavour to source our food organically if possible.

Tent ready

A tent can be set up on demand for gampers - a dry, comfortable, 2-person tent, with air mattresses, torch lamp, and any other camping gear that may be required. An extra $10 will be charged for this service.


Activities

  • Canoe / Kayak
  • Cultural visits
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Trails
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Location

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.


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