A perfect family vacation at Rockwood Station – the Carriage

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How many stories have I written over the years about my adventures alone around the world? Backpack in Asia solo? Walking around New Zealand on your own? Running away to charming huts in the mountains to think and write? Growing up as an only child, I love my own company, and being alone makes me happy. It’s comforting.

Loneliness has largely been my strength. Traveling alone has been my cup of tea since I was a teenager. But for two years now I have been part of a family where I have lived with my partner and his two daughters in Lyttelton. My housing dynamics have changed drastically. My sense of self, of family, of being a partner, has evolved markedly over the last few years. I have learned to be part of a team.

Because we share custody of the children, most of our travels were completed by default when they were not with us. Although to be fair, my travel days have fallen back a lot since New Zealand’s borders closed. But when I had the chance to return to one of my favorite local glamping sites to check out a new site, I was struck that this could be a good chance for all of us to travel somewhere together.

It was hard, fun, challenging, rewarding.

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

I am always on the hunt for unique and quirky getaways, brought to life by creative souls who have a lot of heart and courage! And my friends at Canopy Camping Never ceases to amaze me with the incredible people they bring on board with their glamping places around New Zealand.

Rockwood Station is a refurbished historic train carriage tucked away on a high farmhouse in rural Canterbury, an hour and a bit inland from Christchurch. Located next to a creek overlooking Mt. Hutt, it’s cozy, sweet and charming, the perfect place to escape.

Giulio and I came out here to the original glamping place to celebrate our anniversary a year ago. It was beautiful to return with the kids and show them the joy of rural New Zealand. Spoiler alert – the beloved horses.

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

Lovingly restored and decorated in the friendliest ways, Rockwood Station the Carriage is the perfect place to get away with your loved ones for a little R&R. Wifi-free and out of the reception I never get tired of visiting places where I can really disconnect.

In 2019, locals Ben and Cheryl bought an old wagon and started breathing life back into it. The restoration took a few years, with the most unique glamping experience. The Carriage is their second glamping retreat on their farm. That Cottage sits right up the road and is just as amazing.

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

Where two sweet streams meet and turn into the Hororata River, this is where the wagon has its new home. With a large deck area enjoying a beautiful, epic view of Mt Hutt, it’s the perfect place to turn off, unplug and enjoy the natural surroundings of the stunning highland farm.

As the sun goes down, you will enjoy stunning pastel skies and breathtaking cloud formations that make the Canterbury Highlands so spectacular.

Although the best feature of course is the double outdoor bath. Perfect for soaking under the stars, especially for two little sisters!

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

It was so much fun sneaking away here with Giulio’s two children. I love seeing the wonder and joy in children’s eyes as they explore new places. This is definitely a new chapter for me as a lifelong solo traveler, but getting out into nature (in comfort) with kids for a few days was enlightening.

Crossing fingers because they think I’m cool to bring them places like this, but who knows!

Have you ever stayed in a train carriage like this? What is the most unique place you have visited? Are you also new to family travel? Share!

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

rockwood station wagon

Many thanks to Canopy Camping for hosting us at Rockwood Station. As always, I keep it real. As you could expect less from me!

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