Kissing Gate glamping: top 14 in world TripAdvisor

Cottage | Mapua (Ruby Bay) | #38819

9.5/10 (2 ratings)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Kids
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


Gorgeous glamping with luxury cottage plus Pearl and Ruby, our lovingly restored award-winning retro caravans nestled in a private glade beside a pond on a 7 acre farmlet and themed with indulgence and romance. Luxuriate in the outdoor bath with bubbly and beau - serenaded by frogs and native birds - explore the organic orchards and fields; admire the whimsical artwork; recline beside the pond; feed the tame sheep; cruise on our cycles on the Great Taste Trail to local wineries, cafes, artisans, beaches. Wander our open spaces, enjoying the birdlife and bush. Enjoy delicious citrus and fruit after a farm walk or along country lanes. Kissing Gate has a luxury 2-person glass shower, a full kitchen and dining - and of course beautifully appointed Pearl and Ruby. Pearl is themed in 1960s cafe/milk-bar style - she's an extra lounge and was the 2013 winner of the NZ Beach Hop retro caravan competition; Ruby exudes elegant luxuriance and has a super-comfortable queen bed. Winter is a speciality with electric blankets, heaters and TWO fireplaces - under starry skies or in the cottage. Kissing Gate is in cycling heaven amongst quiet country roads winding through olive groves and vineyards. Catch the ferry to Rabbit Island. Ride to Mapua seaside village with its cafes, artisans, craft brewery, live music, and stunning inlet. Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park are 30 minutes away. "Thank you so much for your hospitality - Kissing Gate was the best place we stayed in the Sth Island for our honeymoon! You were both so sweet and welcoming! You've created a wonderfully unique and charming slice of heaven here in Mapua. We enjoyed our bottle of champagne in every little hangout spot you created here - cheers! We loved making breakfast in the kitchen, listening to the birds and the frogs. We made a fire both nights and took a bath under the stars - it was magical.

We had a blast cycling through the countryside and tasting wines along the way. Our favourite was Neudorf Winery ... WOW" CandJ

Special conditions:

This is your own private 'campground' for 2. "Our own private Garden of Eden" - guest. View Copper Gate (4bdrm #23621) or Paris Suite at Copper Gate (studio). Corru Gate (3 bdrm #1334). Long weekend minimum stay requirements. Enjoy quiet rural life yet 25 min to city and 4 min to cafes, vineyards, studios, golf, village and beaches. Safe/fenced property with that desirable country and coastal lifestyle. E-bikes and standard bikes fleet available.

Extras: Cleaning (Optional, NZ$65.00 per stay); Linen (included); Regular bikes (included); e-bike hire per day (Optional, NZ$45.00 per person);


  • Clothes dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Internet (Broadband)
  • Microwave
  • Swimming pool
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Ruby master bedroom

    1 x Narrow single bed
    1 x Queen bed


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*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

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  • Kissing Gate is like an enclave within another property, but it is...

    Kissing Gate is like an enclave within another property, but it is completely private from the other accommodation options on the property. Kissing Gate has been created with an incredible amount of love and care, and the attention to detail is quite extraordinary. Perhaps the biggest compliment is that we changed our plans and instead of spending the day away from the property we choose to stay inside Kissing Gate and enjoy all of the features that have been created, including the outdoor bath.

    kiwi2europe 100%|3x Jul 2018

  • It's so relaxing cooking in the cute little kitchen, sitting by the...

    It's so relaxing cooking in the cute little kitchen, sitting by the fireplace & looking up at the stars. The favourite was the bath on the deck overlooking the pond. The bedroom caravan was so cozy & warm. Ruby caravan was great for reading books. Really good shower. Enjoyed picking some fruit in the orchard, also yummy eggs. It's very private & you feel like you're in your own little world.

    RoseBa16 100%|4x Sep 2017

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