So on my bucket list for a long time has been clamping. I have seem it adveise numerous times and wonder what it was like. Well, while I was in New Zealand I had the opportunity to try clamping with my daughter and grandchildren. It my sound strange, but my daughter arranged that I had a clamping "yurt" in close proximity to certain things, while her "yurt" with the children were tucked a little further back, I liked that because at times my grandchildren would "come to visit" me in my clamping tent.
It's a short walk up a small hill but had some very nice views. Just a few yards away was the tepee tent which the visitors were very quiet there. On one side, just a few yards away were two very large pigs that were well behaved and you didn't hear them until they morning at their feeding time.
I have to mention that they have a caravan that you can rent for your stay to sleep in and it is just really neat even from the outside.
Now, we all live in houses and have bathrooms and so does Okuti Gardens but you have your choice. Seriously, there is a modern day bathroom in the game/music room with shower or you have your choice to use the composte facility. The enclosed game/music room is where you can charge your cell phones, etc but it does take a while.
There is an open air game room which is great for evening games with the kids or if they are young enough they can enjoy the trampoline just for them.
The open air shared kitchen is just as quiet when you are by yourself. Yet at the same time when you are sharing it with other "clampers" it's enjoyable too because you get to meet new and interesting people, Just kind in mind that your refrigerator goods are a few yards away in the computer shed (although no computer is in the shed) You can also charge your cell phones, etc if there is an outlet plug available.
Now, if the weather is super nice and you need a shower, you can try the outdoor solar shower. It was still a little too chilly for me to try that but I'm sure it was interesting.
Three of the things that stick with me are: the "fairy lights" that come on as night time falls and stay on till late. The choice of candlelight or flashlight in the "yurt" and the hospitality of the owners Jane, James and Jim. They work at making this such a wonderful place to go and distress.
Oh! and d[[[[on't be afraid of the dog. He is a gentle as can be.
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