Indo Kiwi: Inside New Zealand’s secret adults-only Bali break out


It may well be awhile prior to Kiwis can trip to Bali once more. But do not depression; I’ve discovered the following highest factor proper right here in New Zealand. And simply achieving this adult-only break out is an journey in itself.

I’ve simply landed in Nelson. With loads of sunny climate and moderately little rain indisputably this can be a highest position to construct a Bali bach? But, no: my adventure is some distance from over. I’m heading 3 hours south right into a thunderstorm, destined for the center of nowhere in Westland. A spot known as Fox River.

The escape is isolated, you cant see another house or human from your cabin.


The break out is remoted, you cant see some other space or human out of your cabin.

Any shuttle to the West Coast is an journey. Here, Mother Nature regulations, and he or she’s at all times in a unique temper. Tonight, as we struggle to peer the street amongst ferocious rainstorms, shes indignant.

A couple of hours later, as we arrived at Fox River 40 mins south of West Port we meet Nigel Oates at his driveway after darkish. Just like a fleeting tropical downpour in Bali, the rain has disappeared excluding, right here, have been dressed in puffer jackets. Its only some levels.

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Nigel and his spouse Tracey have spent years growing their Bali-inspired oasis, perched at the aspect of a cliff overlooking the wild coast. Nigel has a background in diggers and helped create the Old Ghost Road, whilst Tracey’s task was once to import decor from Indonesia. The pair blended their abilities to dig out, panorama and magnificence a work in their land with a Bali-inspired glamping cabin.

The front to the break out is up a steep highway when you wouldn’t have a four-wheel force, you want to be pushed up. From there, you succeed in a big Ubud-style picket door surrounded via local woodland. Youre invited to open it and uncover whats at the different aspect.

Enter the glamping retreat via a big Bali-style doors.


Enter the glamping retreat by means of a large Bali-style doorways.

Were greeted via a protracted line of lawn lighting weaving up the hill directing us to our hut. It appears to be like magical, however we each realize it cant be really favored till morning.

With very little light pollution, Indo Kiwi has incredible night skies.


With little or no gentle air pollution, Indo Kiwi has improbable evening skies.

Here, your alarm clock is a mix of pounding waves and daylight which wakes us up round 7.

Outside, we find an broadly landscaped lawn, with a bathtub nestled a few of the local bush, along a chain of huts. One has a kitchen and some other is an outside bathroom.

The glamping retreat has a series of small cabins for the bathroom and kitchen.

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The glamping retreat has a chain of small cabins for the toilet and kitchen.

The major napping cabin is heated, however in wintry weather it would be best to convey a dressing robe for skipping to the more than a few cabins.

We had calm blue sky climate, however I believe its a gorgeous particular position to be in a typhoon.

I really like being tucked up in mattress taking note of torrential rain at the roof and given the West Coasts propensity for wild climate, this occurs quite steadily.

The property is extensively landscaped.


The assets is broadly landscaped.

It’s vital to keep in mind this can be a glamping (or glamorous tenting) break out, and embracing the weather is a part of the journey.

This isnt a five-star resort.

The hand basin in the bathroom has solely chilly water, for instance.

One of the main attractions is the outdoor bath nestled in the bush.


One of the principle sights is the out of doors tub nestled within the bush.

Just like Bali, the principle enchantment right here is popping the whole lot digital off so that you could experience nature.

There are sun-loungers, a big sheltered out of doors daybed and a bathtub to unwind in.

We spent maximum of our loose time tucked up within the daybed subsequent to a gas-fired heater taking note of the waves it was once bliss. But if doing not anything is a combat, there may be so much close by to stay you occupied.

North to Charleston

The captivating tiny the city of Charleston is a 15-minute force away. It was once the scene of a frantic gold rush within the 1860s, even supposing nowadays is a skeleton of its glory days.

The large factor on the town continues to be underground this time involving inexperienced gold: glowworms.

Underworld Adventures gives a four-hour rafting excursion that begins with a adventure into the rainforest on a educate, recreating a time when bush trains have been extensively used. The path weaves up the Nile River Canyon, slowly getting deeper into the plush Paparoa National Park.

The caves are easy to navigate for all ages.


The caves are simple to navigate for every age.

After leaping off the educate, you are given a tyre tube and get started a protracted adventure underground. The cave is impressively huge in puts, with cathedrals of dramatic stalactites. We had to crouch down and roll our tube via small gaps every now and then however it is not anything too alarming.

The caves have been shaped greater than 200,000 years in the past, following the pathways of historical rivers. While some prepared locals were exploring the huge community of caves for years, it wasn’t till 1989 {that a} business caving excursion was once established one of the vital first journey firms at the West Coast.

After 1.5 kilometres of underground strolling, have been informed to lie on our backs, flip off our headlights, and close our eyes. The information provides us a couple of mins for our eyes to regulate, prior to we open them once more to find a magnificent inexperienced glow above us. But that is solely the warm-up.

Floating back down the Nile River after emerging from the glowworm city.


Floating backtrack the Nile River after rising from the glowworm town.

We then stroll right down to some other chamber, however this one has water (do not be disturbed, you are in wintry weather wetsuits, so it by no means will get chilly). Everyone within the team bureaucracy a flotilla via keeping the legs of the individual in entrance, then the information pulls us right into a chamber. Above is a galaxy of blue: weve reached the West Coast’s secret underground town of glowworms.

The amusing does not finish there. After quarter-hour of admiring the view, you get started floating into the sunshine the place you sign up for the Nile River and float down a chain of delicate rapids again to the educate.

This is the type of Kiwi journey that has all of it: a rainforest educate, caving, glowworms, and tubing down a river.

South to Punakaiki

It is likely one of the West Coast’s most renowned stops for a excellent explanation why: on a coarse day, the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki can placed on a impressive display.

The intensity of the blowholes at Punakaiki change depending on waves and tide.


The depth of the blowholes at Punakaiki exchange relying on waves and tide.

The formation dates again 30 million years, and the stroll across the rugged rocks takes you proper up with regards to the blowholes. If Covid-19 is ready ticking off bucket lists nearer to house, make sure you come with this historical forestall.

Glamping fundamentals:

Does it have energy?

It’s an off-grid solar-powered break out, with USB charging for telephones.

What sort of bathroom is there?

A normal flush bathroom, however it is out of doors.

Does it have a kitchen?

Yes, an outside kitchen in its personal hut, whole with a cold bin refrigerator. Fresh cooler pads are dropped on the gate each and every morning. It has a double fuel hob for cooking and a transportable BBQ.

Does it have heating?

The major cabin has a flued fuel heater and there may be an outside heater at the patio.

What concerning the bathe?

The break out has an outside bathe, heated via fuel.

Inside the main sleeping cabin at Indo Kiwi.


Inside the principle napping cabin at Indo Kiwi.

More data:

Staying there: Indo Kiwi is $290 according to evening. See:

Getting there: Indo Kiwi is between Punakaiki and Charleston. It’s simply over 4 hours’ force from Christchurch or simply over 3 from Nelson.

You too can fly to Westport with Sounds Air, adopted via a 30-minute force, or fly into Hokitika with Air New Zealand, adopted via a 45-minute force. See: and

Playing there: Underworld Rafting excursion is $195 according to grownup, $155 according to kid 10+. Use bargain code galaxiesofglowworms for 15 according to cent off. See:

Staying protected: New Zealand is recently below Covid-19 restrictions. Stay house and apply the directions at

The writer was once paid via Canopy Camping to take pictures of the valuables, even supposing this newsletter was once written on advantage.

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