Modern family tents offer privacy, space and creature comforts.
Before you buy
View the tent pitched – it may be your regular campground doesn’t provide sites big enough to accommodate it. You’ll also want to check it offers enough space for your family, especially on days when the weather makes going outside impossible.
The most expensive models will be made from canvas which can resist harsh UV light and heavy downpours. Nylon fabric is cheaper and lighter but may not have the life expectancy of a canvas tent.
These need to be super tough and should offer a 10,000mm waterhead rating.
These are typically clear PVC and can be opened to promote airflow. Most have a mosquito-proof privacy mesh backing to keep bugs out and allow you to change without passersby seeing in. Some windows can be poled out to create extra shade.
When you’re using the tent as a home away from home for two or three weeks at a time, you need to consider its features. A high ceiling is a must, but other optional extras could include built-in wardrobes, multiple entrances, access for power cords and
Most poles are aluminium or steel, though some tents use fibreglass and some have an inflatable airframe.
Due to their height and weight, it is essential to use guylines. There will be multiple guyline attachment points around the tent, some attaching to the poles that support the awning or shade.
Look for heavy-duty zippers that can withstand frequent use. They should be easy to use for young children as well as adults.
Kiwi Camping Kakapo 8 $1999, Eight person
One bedroom plus large living area, extra-large rain drain porch, five windows – two with skylights, accessory pockets and power cord entry. Five year warranty. Fabric 320g canvas walls roof and dividers Floor Heavy duty PE Poles Gold passivate steel frame Ceiling height 215cm Area 16.5m², porch 7.6m² Weight 53.2kg. www.kiwicamping.co.nz
Kiwi Camping Takahe 6 $799, Six person
Two bedrooms plus central living area, two entrances, two windows with ‘no-see-um’ mesh, privacy screens or PVC storm flaps, sky light roof panels, fire retardant and SPF50 UV coating. Three-year warranty. Fly 75D, 185T double-coated polyester, 3000mm Floor Heavy duty PE Poles Colour-coded fibreglass Ceiling height 200cm Area 12.8m² Weight 22.8kg. www.kiwicamping.co.nz
Kiwi Camping Kea 4 $229, Four person
Single room plus extended vestibule, two entrances, two windows with ‘no-see-um’ mesh, accessory pockets, power cord entry, fire retardant and SPF50 UV coating. Two-year warranty. Fly 75D, 185T double-coated polyester, 2500mm Floor Heavy duty PE Poles Colour-coded fibreglass Ceiling height 130cm Area 6.1m², vestibule 2.6m² Weight 5.5kg. www.kiwicamping.co.nz