SINCE 1987

In 1987, in a small Hamilton garage, Kiwi Camping was set up by a no-nonsense Kiwi named Alan. Lover of the great Kiwi outdoors, Alan figured there was a demand for a range of tents and accessories designed for New Zealand's unique landscape and often challenging conditions.

At that time, canvas tents and furniture were a staple in any self-respecting Kiwis station wagon, and in the subsequent years, Kiwi Camping became recognised as one of the most trusted outdoor brands in New Zealand.

Kiwi Camping tents were exported to Australia and beyond. Their reputation for resilience to weather conditions and near-legendary lifespan made it the tent of choice in campsites around New Zealand.


In 2012, Kiwi Camping was sold to a new generation of camping fanatics. Like many New Zealanders, Gregg and Suzanne Brown had enjoyed a long and happy association with Kiwi Camping. For starters, they'd had many memorable family holidays in Kiwi Camping tents, using a range of their products over the years.

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, many 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.


In 2021, Kiwi Camping launched a range of Rooftop Tents and touring gear led by Jackson Brown. Using Kiwi Camping's 35 years of accumulated knowledge and experience from successful and not-so-successful adventures and his learned expertise, Jackson designed a range of rooftop tents that could stand up to New Zealand's unique weather conditions and last for years of adventures. This meant incorporating the best tent materials, water ratings that work for our climates designs for kiwi vehicles and way of life, and unique market-leading features not yet seen in New Zealand.

The first Rooftop Tent off the marks was the Tuatara Soft Shell Compact, New Zealand's first blackout Rooftop Tent.

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