Camping. A typical New Zealand pastime. There is nothing better than heading out into the great wilderness with family and friends, and spending a week under the canvas, with only the sound of the occasional, possum to wake you up in the middle of the night.
Jokes aside when it comes to choosing a tent, you want to make sure you pick the right one. There is nothing worse than buying a cheap camping tent for it to get ripped or blown away on the first night of your peaceful holiday.
This guide pulls together the best tents for sale NZ in 2018, that can be used by you. your family, and your friends for the perfect weekend away.
1 – Retreat 360 7 Person Module Tent – $1,199.98
This tent has all the bells and whistles you could ever ask for. With 7 sleeping person sleeping capabilities, its the perfect tent for families, or young teens heading off to a festival.
With the 3 back rooms, plus a large spacious area at the front, this tent is perfect for those that want extra breathing room on their weekends away.
With everything from a solar charging ceiling pocket, to a star-gazing window, this tent is perfect for the large group of kiwis wanting to go camping.
Of course being a 7 person tent, its rather heavy. At 42 kg, you’ll need to have several people help you carry the tent to your campsite and help set it up.
All in all this is the perfect tent for those looking to have a more luxurious camping experience, whilst still maintaining the ruggedness of being in the outdoors.
- Reliable (will last many years)
- Very durable
- Simple and easy to setup
2 – XT North Star 2 Person Tent – $699.98
The second tent gracing our list is the XT north star 2 person tramping tent.
This tent is extremely extremely rugged and can withstand wind speed of us to 95km an hour! If your a tramper that likes to take on mountains with a friend, then this may just be the best tent for you.
Coming in at a very impressive 3.5kg, its the perfect tent to hike up the Tongariro crossing or wondering about the Hunua Ranges.
Even though the tent is light and easy to carry, there is still enough storage space, uttilising an overhead hamock to store everything a weary tramper may need!
This is the perfect tent for the wanna be Edmund Hillary, or your average tramper that wants to take things to the next level.
- Alloy Poles
- Keep shoes out of tent with foyer area
- Optional ground sheet
- Small tent bag
- Very light
- Many pegs
- Small-ish for two people
3 -Retreat 80 3 Person Tent – $249.98
Don’t let the price of this tent fool you! It may be cheaper then the others listed here, but it still packs everything you could ever need into your new canvas home.
With a sleeping capability of 3 people, this is the perfect for both a family tent, and for young teens that want to have a few beers on a rural
New Zealand beach.
With breathable, water repllant canvas, you don’t need to worry about your new home flooding during the ever temperamental New Zealand weather!
The only slight issue with this tent is the obvious size. Whilst you can fit 3 people in it, its a little bit of a squeeze to bring cooking, sleeping and generic camping equipment with this tent.
But if you have a small family or group of friends that wants to get out of the greater cities for the weekend, this tent is the best option for you!
- Very well priced
- Water repellent canvas
- Hard to pack away
4 – Retreat Compass Hub – $499.98
Whilst it isn’t exactly a full tent, this is the perfect camping accessory to add to your smaller tent, to add both space and comfortability on your next camping holiday.
The Compass hub is essentially a gayzebo, that attaches to your tent to add more living space to his tent.
Coming in at only 30kg, with four door entry, make the retreat compass hub the perfect edition to your next family camping holiday
Obviously you’ll need to be more careful with this hub as apposed to a tent. Tents are specifically designed to protect their contents from the weather surrounding them. The compass hub may hold up in light wind and rain, but don’t trust it to hold up in the middle of a downpour!
5 – Lansan Ultralight Tent (2 person) – $499.98
Weighing in at a tiny 1.72kg this is one of the lightest tents on the New Zealand market.
This tent is perfect for those campers that are travelling in the summer months, where the weather is not as extreme.
The tent is very easy to setup with only two poles, which are helpfully colour coded, an outer fly and an inner fly.
If you’re planning on taking this tent to a destination with harder or more difficult terrain, it might be worth investing in some stronger pegs to keep the tent pegged to the ground. Because the tent is one of the lightest on the market, the aluminium pegs have been designed solely with the intention of losing as much weight as possible.
In more diffiult terrain these pegs may bend and not provide a stable footing for the tent to sit on.
It’s also worth baring in mind that the tent is not the most breathable on the market, once again another sacrifice made due to its lightness. This can easily be resolved by opening both the outter and inner fly, during the summer days to allow the canvas to breathe and ventilate.
However if you’re looking for a very easy tent to carry on your back on your next camping adventure the Lansen Ultralight should be the perfect choice!
- Extremely light
- Easy to setup
- Very sturdy
- Original pegs break easily
6 – Mono 1 Person Tent v2 – $149.98
And last but not least something for the solo camper; the second version of the Mono, 1 person tent.
This is a very cosy tent that doesn’t have much space for gear inside it, but if your only camping under the stars for a few nights, its the perfect option.
It weighs a very light 1.73kg, and much light the Lansen tent, is extremely easy to setup with colour coded poles and an inner and outer fly.
If you’re planning on doing lots of tramping and just need a tent as a place to put your feet up at the end of the night, the Mono V2 is the perfect option for the solo camper.
- Very well priced
- Very easy to setup
- Pegs break easily
If you have bought a tent for the summer months coming up in New Zealand, hit us up in the comments and let us know which one it was!
We’re always interested in hearing from our loyal readers.