Getaway: Two weekend escapes

Wainamu Luxury Tents, Bethells. Photo / Supplied.

Wainamu Luxury Tents, Bethells
Head west to these luxurious canvas tents, set within the farmland and bush of Bethells Beach (and five minutes from Lake Wainamu). Inspired by the safari tents of Botswana and Maori whare, each tent features two rooms and recycled wood floors. Camping essentials like an open fire and outdoor hot water bath are given a high-end makeover. Off the grid, with no electricity or mobile service, it's the most glamorous way to log off. From $250 a night; for bookings or more information email or see here.

Tipi retreat in Solscape, Raglan. Photo / Supplied.

Solscape, Raglan
Pick your paradise - a tipi retreat, a recycled railway carriage, an eco bach or an adobe earth dome. Add in surf lessons, yoga classes, massages, bush walks and raw, organic food grown on-site, and this sustainability minded retreat is looking rather appealing. Head there late-April for a permaculture design course, teaching sustainable agriculture and design principles. From $36 per person for a group of four. See

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