Tent House in Auckland New Zealand by designer Chris Tate
Photography: Simon Devitt

Staying in this A-frame cabin in New Zealand is like camping, but with added creature comforts.

Tent House sits in the rainforests of Waiheke Island – which has just under 9,000 residents – and has a dark exterior that helps it blend with its lush surroundings.

Originally created by architect Chris Tate as his own studio and rural retreat, the cabin eventually turned into a holiday home for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the wilderness.

Says Tate’s practice: ‘It was an experimental project designed to challenge the expectations of what a weekend house may be.’

Tent House in Auckland New Zealand by designer Chris Tate
Photography: Simon Devitt

The 753-square-foot Tent House – which can be rented for $325 a night – has a single mezzanine bedroom and bathroom, and a fully glazed end with uninterrupted views out onto the nearby undeveloped wetlands.

Its minimal interiors offset the surrounding dense vegetation, while upstairs the pitched roof and draped curtains give the sense of sleeping among the trees.

Tent House in Auckland New Zealand by designer Chris Tate
Photography: Simon Devitt

Tate has also installed a deck for afternoon lounging and sun-catching, and a firepit and spa pool.

For those who don’t like to be too far from civilisation, the New Zealand holiday house has wifi, and is a short walk from local beaches, shops and vineyards.

Read next: Stay in this modern beach cottage in New Zealand

Emma is an editor and writer who contributes to Dezeen, Grafik and Creative Review

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