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Kiwi Camping Tuatara Crest Rooftop Tent

Kiwi Camping Tuatara Crest Rooftop Tent

Regular price $1,999.00 NZD
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Introducing the Tuatara Crest, an upgraded version of our original SSC Blackout rooftop tent in New Zealand. Weighing only 49.5kgs, it's our most compact design, making it an excellent fit for smaller vehicles or ute trays. The slatted base design reduces weight and minimizes condensation. Notable enhancements include a longer front door for better water runoff, side windows for improved ventilation, a larger power cord entry, an improved cover design, and an upgraded telescopic ladder design. With a 70mm high-density foam mattress, you'll enjoy a comfortable night's sleep.


    • Blackout Tent Fly: 200D Ripstop Polyester fly with a 20,000mm waterproof rating. Blackout diffuses light for longer sleep-ins and a cooler interior.
    • Tent Body: 190g Ripstop Polycotton fabric with an 8000mm waterproof rating. It dries faster, resists mould, and provides excellent waterproofing without pre-seasoning.
    • Compact Design: Perfect for smaller vehicles or ute trays.
    • Mattress: High-density 70mm foam mattress for a comfortable night's sleep.
    • Heavy-duty Travel Cover:  1000D PVC with a 20,000mm waterproof rating for New Zealand's diverse weather and tough trails.
    • Frame: 19/25mm Heavy Duty aluminium pole with a slatted base design for reduced weight and increased airflow. Rated to 250kg internally.
    • Cambuckle Compression Straps 40mm thick webbing straps with 304-grade stainless steel cam buckles for secure and easy pack down.
    • Internal space: Oversized hinges for storing bedding or mattress topper inside during travels.
    • Easy Pull Zippers: Standard Kiwi Camping easy-grip zipper pulls for convenience.
    • Telescopic Ladder: 2.3m adjustable aluminium ladder suitable for any car size.
    • Extended Porch: Longer front door opening prevents water entry. 
    • Light Hanging Points: Internal and external points for easy lighting. Power cord entry slots for hassle-free power supply from your vehicle.



    • Rooftop Tent Weight: 49.5kg
    • Internal Weight Rating: 250kg
    • Body Aqua Rating: 8000mm PU Coating
    • Fly Aqua Rating: 20.000mm
    • Floor Area: 2.4m2
    • Body Material: 190g Ripstop Polycotton
    • Fly Material: 200D Ripstop Polyester
    • Matress Dimensions: 1160 W x 70 H x 2060 D (mm)
    • Open Dimensions: 1320 W x 1020 H x 2210 D (mm)
    • Closed Dimensions: 1300 W x 330 H x 1050 D (mm)
    • Travel Cover Dimension: 1350 W x 350 H x 1120 D (mm)
    • 3-year Warranty



    We actively test our rooftop tents in New Zealand's challenging environments to ensure they meet high standards. Backed by a 3-year warranty on Kiwi Camping softshell model rooftop tents.


    Set up the Tuatara Crest Roof Tent in under 2 minutes, making it one of the fastest pitching soft shell designs on the market. The travel cover with a sail track allows neat rolling or complete removal for storage in your vehicle.


    Designed to fit on small to full-size SUVs, opening off the side or rear. Requires roof racks with a dynamic load rating of 75kg. Adjust the telescopic ladder to fit most vehicles.

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      Better sleep makes for better adventures. The Blackout fly ensures a quality night's sleep and longer sleep-ins and helps to reduce the internal heat of your rooftop tent during the summer months.

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      Like a Waterfall

      I imagine that whoever designed this only tested it during the dryer, warmer months. The condensation inside this tent gets horrendous! And I mean waterfall from the ceiling and walls, to the point where you have to have a towel handy to wipe the water from your head throughout the night. Even with both side windows open and the door open (fly mesh screens closed), we still woke in the night with damp bedding and water dripping from the walls. Size wise- my husband and I can sleep comfortably side by side with a little bit of room at the end and between us. Being larger than your average person (not huge by any means) it was a concern that we would be comfortable. It would be an amazing tent to use every weekend (being avid traveller's of the great NZ outdoors) but boy, the condensation is next level! Definitely can see it being used often in dryer months but not year round, which is disappointing.

      Paul C.
      New Zealand New Zealand

      Cool Tent

      Have spent a night in . Ladder is stable and as a old fella I’m confident on it for a *** in the middle of the night . It did have condensation on a very wet and misty cold night It can easily alleviate by opening side windows and because it has the porch cover , the front door can be partially open for ventilation. Tent looks sexy on car . Easy to bolt on and the form is small and compact . All the material is tight and doesn’t flap in breeze . My wife loves the tent and finds the mattress very comfortable . It’s cozy/smallish but I can stretch out at 6 foot 3 no problem . Although my head might touch end of tent may be problem if high humidity . II have this problem on all 2 person tents as a tall person . I think this is perfect two person three season and 1person winter tent . I intend to use above the snow line this winter so will write another review after ten days down south.


        Wherever you're based in New Zealand, we ship our products Nationwide from the far north to the deep south.

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        Locally based in Te Rapa Hamilton, our tent spare parts are all stored in New Zealand. If you have any issues you can reach us at or call us on 0800 161 161.