From the moment I arrived, I knew it was a place I was going to love.
Nature. Stillness. Tranquillity.
I was welcomed onto the property by doves and a sweet little chicken named Rosie.
I then met the owner and was lead past trees, reeds and a pond, then across a bridge to my generously sized canvas tent. The surrounding water was home to a Pukeko (a native New Zealand bird) and a mamma duck with her ducklings.
My room was beautifully presented; a super comfy looking bed covered with lots of pillows, a mirror and a couple of chairs. Freshly picked flowers sat in a vase on the table. Sometimes it’s the little details that make all the difference.
Camping with comfort. No foam mat on the floor for me.
There was a communal kitchen and a lovely dining room with a very homely feel to it. It looked like a converted glass house, light and bright, it let the outdoors in.
I had my own private outdoor bathroom fitted with a composting toilet, hand basin and hot water shower. Tree stump stepping stones connected my tent to the bathroom. The child in me couldn’t resist hopping from one stump to the next. It had to be done.
While showing among the trees, I watched a Tui (another native NZ bird) dance around in a nearby eucalyptus tree.
No city noise, no traffic or hustle and bustle, just the sound of nature.
This is how you refuel your batteries.
As the day turned from dusk to night the sound of the birds was replaced with the chirping of insects. Warm and snug in my bed, I feel asleep to the sound of nature, the soft pitter patter of rain on the tent canopy and then woke in the morning to dawn’s chorus.
It has been many years since I last went camping.
I had forgotten how much I love it.
Fossil Bay Lodge is a boutique accommodation providing cottages, glamping and a self contained apartment. Set amongst trees and surrounded with birds, it’s the perfect place to switch off and relax.
Located on the western side of Waiheke Island, it is in a great location, close to beaches, Oneroa village and walks. The standard tent like I stayed in will cost you $100 a night and sleeps 2 people.