From Auckland, Highfield Forest Retreat is a comfortable two to three hour drive from the city, allowing time for a supermarket shop in nearby Dargaville. I had never ventured to the north west of the North Island before but after driving past a large human size kumara (NZ sweet potato) figurine with arms and two billboards asking "Did ya get ya Kumaras?", it was clear to us that we were in Kumara Country- Northland, the home of a Kiwi staple.
As part of the Canopy Camping Escapes Collection, the Highfield Forest Retreat is set on a farm where nearby, the owners’ 160 cows graze in the sunshine on lush green fields… what a life it is out here. Pulling up the private driveway we spotted four brown bunnies hopping alongside the car and we knew we were in for a treat. There's a time and a place for phone reception and wifi, and this was not one of them. It’s a reclusive spot where you're disconnected from the city and given all permission to laze, graze and enjoy mother nature.
I've been lucky enough to show off my spectacular backyard to my friend Bethany from California and her daughter Kylie and this was an experience we won't forget. A cosy, private retreat, Highfield is nothing short of magic and we spent two nights here, soaking in the outdoor bath tub, creating homey meals, listening to the birds, reading and lazing in the dappled sun.
Between the main cabin and tent, Highfield can accomodate four people.
View the entire Canopy Camping Escapes collection here.