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Our Story

Kiwi Camping, camping for kiwis, was set up in a small garage in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1989 by a couple of no-nonsense Kiwis.

Lovers of the great Kiwi outdoors, they figured there was a demand for a range of tents and accessories designed for New Zealand’s unique landscape and often challenging conditions.

THEY WERE RIGHT! And in the subsequent years, with a firm focus on family camping, Kiwi Camping became recognised as one of the most trusted outdoor brands in New Zealand.

A keen understanding of the challenges and a willingness to listen to their customers, saw them produce a range of family tents that have dominated the New Zealand camping landscape for over 25 years.

In 2012, Gregg Brown from Aber bought Kiwi Camping. Sure it made good business sense for Gregg, but the decision to purchase Kiwi Camping was motivated by much more than business.

An enthusiastic camper himself, Gregg and his wife Suzanne had enjoyed a long and happy association with Kiwi Camping. For starters, they’d had many memorable family holidays in Kiwi Camping tents themselves, using a range of their products. The businesses also worked closely together, jointly promoting gas camping appliances for over 15 years.

When the opportunity to purchase Kiwi Camping came about, it proved a no brainer. With a healthy network of alliances in the industry and personal track-records as seasoned campers (a few rock festivals in their teens, an impoverished O.E. in the 80s and more recently, 12 years of hauling their young family around the campsites of the north island), Gregg and Suzanne saw it as an exciting challenge and an opportunity to turn Kiwi Camping into the foremost camping brand in New Zealand.

It’s early days in its new incarnation, but the grand plan will see Kiwi Camping move to another level. We’ve already cranked our commitment to the outdoors up a notch, pledging our financial, physical and emotional support to Forest & Bird, and by sponsoring community environmental initiatives. And in the not too distant future, we’ll be offering a lot more than just the hardware to make your camping experience as good as it can be.

Keep right up to date with us and you’ll be glad you did when you next plan a camping holiday!