Frequently Asked Questions

What time is Check in and Check out?

Check in is between 3-6pm. A time has to be pre-arranged so I can meet you and guide you to your camp.

Check out is 10am at Wilding Pines and 11am at Mt Gold.

Is there a toilet?

Yes, we provide a odourless composting loo that we empty regularly, housed in our own custom made tent.

Is there a shower?

Yes, we have designed our own hot water system that pumps out 10L of water per minute. It is set at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius. The shower is housed in our own custom made shower tent and has a separate area for getting changed and keeping your clothes dry. We do ask guests to keep showers to 5minutes each however, as everything is run by solar.

What kind of bed is provided?

We provide a medium/firm inner-sprung mattress on our custom made queen slat bed and a sofa bed that folds out to a king single.

What cooking/kitchen equipment is provided?

  • Cooking utensils which includes pots, crockery, cutlery, glassware, kettle, tea pot and coffee plunger.
  • Cold drinking water (this is taken from the tap and is perfectly fine for drinking, however, bottled water can be provided at an extra charge).
  • A cool box for keeping items cool with ice provided. These will be replenished every 3rd day, free of charge.
  • A BBQ and bbq utensils
  • Outside dining table and chairs
  • Washing up area which includes dish liquid, dish brush, drying rack and tea towels.
  • Complimentary fresh coffee, black tea, an assortment of herbal teas and sugar.
  • Complimentary salt/pepper, an assortment of spices, cooking oil & sauces.

Is the kitchen area covered?

At Wilding Pines there is a shelter over the preparation area, however the bbq and sink at Mt Gold is not covered. Both picnic tables have large sun umbrellas.

What furniture is supplied in the tent?

Your bed

Bedside tables

A sofa bed or 2 chairs

Extra blankets & board games

What other furniture is supplied on site?

An outside dining/picnic table


Outdoor chairs

A hammock

Will I have neighbours?

At Dublin bay our sites are at least 500m apart and hidden from view by trees. It is unlikely you will see or hear each other.

How far am I from the water?

This site is an easy 20 minute walk to a suitable spot for swimming, however as the crow flies the site is approximately 500m from the foreshore

Can you book any tours for me in the area?

Yes, we can happily arrange any activities, tours or accommodation throughout Wanaka and New Zealand.

Do I have to worry about wild animals?

No, New Zealand does not have any dangerous wild animals, reptiles or insects with exception to the white tail spider and the very rare red back spider. These later too are rarely seen in the wild.

What happens if it rains?

Our tents are very weather proof and can handle winds of up to 80km per hour, should the unforeseen happen while you are staying.

We do not allow cancellations due to rain.

Are the tents suitable for honeymoon?

Our tents are perfect for honeymoon. The design of our tents is in itself romantic and coupled with our soft furnishings and ambient lighting it makes for a very romantic retreat. We would recommend honeymoon couples book into Mt Gold or our Wilding Pines Triple room.

What kind of lighting is supplied?

We provide an assortment of lanterns, LED candles and lights and solar fairy lights. It looks amazing!

Can I light a fire?

Sorry but the answer is No. During summer Central Otago is very dry and a small spark could set a forest alight. Therefore no naked flames are allowed on site.

Can I smoke?

This is a no smoking property as the canvas would absorb the smell and we are in a high risk fire zone. We are very strict about this and fines are applicable.

Do I need to bring my own toiletries?

We provide hand soap, body wash, shampoo/conditioner and toilet paper, but you will need to bring your own personal items such as toothbrush/toothpaste.

Is there a first aid kit on site?

Yes, there is a basic first aid kit, and at least 2 fire extinguishers on site in the unlikely event you shall need it. You will also be briefed as to the hazards on arrival and be asked to sign a hazard identification form.

Do you provide Linen?

Yes, each bed is made up with a fitted cotton sheet, a top sheet, a duvet, 4 pillows with pillowcases and extra blankets are available.

Towels, facecloths and hand-towels are also provided.

What activities are offered in the area?

Dublin Bay Site has some great mountain biking right on its doorstep. An easy 10-15 minute ride around the lakefront will lead you straight to Deans Bank, an awesome one way single track with undulating terrain, jumps, and huge sweeping berms. It caters to intermediate to advanced riders. Or if you continue on the 4WD track you can follow tracks in either direction along the Clutha or Hawea rivers all the way into Wanaka or Hawea townships.

The 4WD drive track along the water front is also fun if you have a 4WD and doubles up as a great walking track.

Dublin bay itself is great for kayaking or boating should you have your own equipment and great for swimming and sunbathing.

Down the road there is a pottery barn with some nice pottery for sale, and from time to time they will also provide lessons for the novice.

Can I bring a stereo?

Dublin bay has no power on site so should you like to bring a stereo it will need to run on batteries. Please note however that this is a quiet zone and no loud music is to be played as the sound will travel across the water and disturb other guests or the neighbours even though they are some kilometers away.

Is there any power on site?

There is no power on site but we do provide a power bank in order to charge a mobile phone or camera battery

Is the water safe to drink?

We provide safe drinking water that comes from the Hawea townships water supply. If you would prefer sparkling or still spring water we can arrange this for you at an extra cost.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry no pets are allowed.

Am I allowed to fish in the lakes or rivers?

You are required to have a fishing license to fish in the area, or you can incur a hefty fine. Please check this website for more information. www.nzfishing.com