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Kiwi Camping Tuatara Hard Shell Rooftop Tent

Kiwi Camping Tuatara Hard Shell Rooftop Tent

Regular price $3,999.00 NZD
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With possibly the lowest profile of any rooftop tent, the Tuatara Hard Shell is made to handle any adventure you can throw at it. The heavy-duty aluminium shell withstands New Zealand's harshest climates, while the pop-up gas struts will see you fully set up in under 1 minute or 30 seconds without the porch. The incorporated 'T' channel system enables you to fit accessories directly to the hard shell. Spacious, hard-wearing, and versatile, the HS is the ultimate Rooftop Tent for serious adventures.


  • Heavy-Duty Aluminium Hardshell: Powder coated Aluminium 170mm packed down (without mounting rails)For extra protection and strength, can hold 150kgs on top while the seals around the shell keep dust and water out
  • 304-grade Stainless Steel: Our gas struts, hinges, and mounting brackets are all made from high resistance to coastal environments
  • Tent Body: Made from a 280g Ripstop Polycotton material is rip-proof, waterproof, and weatherproof. It is lightweight but extremely hard to wear
  • Honeycomb Core Base and Lid Design: Reduces weight and adds strength, increasing the internal weight limit to 300kg.
  • Thick Mattress: 6cm high-density sponge mattress for ultimate comfort, so no matter how hard the trail is, you'll have a great night's sleep
  • Seam Sealing and Double Stitching: Double stitching on all major joins and high-use areas for extra strength and heated sealing on every seam inside the tent keeps all the weather out and you nice and dry!
  • M8 'T' Channel: To attach Kiwi Camping accessories directly to the tent or to make setting up camp lighting a breeze! no more having to bolt lights to your vehicle. 
  • Heavy Duty: Gas Struts withstand gusts up to 40-50 knots and, when open, hold up to 15kg on top
  • Telescopic Ladder: Adjustable 2.3m aluminium ladder which can be adjusted to suit most vehicle heights.
  • Extended Porch: Shields the ladder allowing HS to be open in wet conditions for full-time air flow.
  • Storage: An internal storage net on the lid for all of your bits and bobs, 2 side pockets for your keys or phone, and 2 external shoe bags to keep the adventure outside. 
  • Easy Pull Zippers: All our zippers come with our standard Kiwi Camping easy-grip zipper pulls! No more fumbling for the zipper!
  • Bungees: External fly bungees for fast and easy pack down


Tested all over the North Island of New Zealand in whatever mother nature can through at it! withstanding winds of up to 50 knots and upside-down rain, this tent is ready for whatever you can throw at it! 

Backed by our NZ leading warranty of 5 years, we trust our products and get out there testing them ourselves weekly! 



Setting up the Tuatara Hard can be pitched in as little as 30 seconds without the porch or 1 minute with the porch set up, thanks to the stainless steel gas struts that do most of the work for you; this is one of the quickest setups on the market!

With 3 entry points and multiple ladder mounting locations, you'll have access to your tent no matter how you set up your rig!



The Tuatara Hard Shell has an extremely hard-wearing hard shell made from powder-coated Aluminium with a lightweight but extremely strong aluminium honeycomb base and lid. 

The T-Channel system on the Hardshell allows you to mount all needed accessories from Camping lights, Awnings using the Kiwi Camping Awning Bracket Mounts, or something a bit heavier on top by using the roof rack or cargo tray system! 

The ability to store up to 150kg on top of the shell when closed and 15kg when open allows you to take more toys on your adventures! 



With the Tuatara Hard Shell being our largest and heaviest roof tent, you need to make sure your vehicle can handle the weight; we recommend that your roof rack system and vehicle have a dynamic load rating of 80kg or more.

When setting up your roof rack system, your rails should be no more than 1000mm-1200mm apart.



Open Dimensions: 1280mm W x 1550mm H x 2250mm D Closed Dimensions: 1280mm W x 170mm H x 2250mm D Weight: 67kg Internal Weight Rating: 300kg Open Lid Weight Rating: 15kg Closed Lid Weight Rating: 150kg
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Our M8-T channel system makes mounting accessoires to your roof tent a breeze. Attach camp lights, awnings or roof racks! Use the Kiwi Camping Awning Brackets to mount any of our awnings directly to your tent for a slimmer design.

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Tuatara HS Rooftop Tent Features

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  • Fitted Sheets

    Want to reach that next level of Glamping? Check out our Fitted Sheets! Designed to fit each roof tent, machine washable and made from soft touch cotton.

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  • Tuatara Hard Shell - Awning Brackets

    Want to mount an awning or shower tent directly onto your Roof Tent? Then check out our slim-fitting Awning Brackets!

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  • Tuatara HS Tent Top Rails

    Designed to fit our Hard Shell Rooftop Tent for added storage capacity for your camping adventures. Includes two rails, four brackets and hardware for easy installation.

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  • Tuatara HS Tent Top Cargo Tray

    Designed to fit our Hardshell Rooftop Tent to allow you to stow camping and adventure gear for your touring adventures.

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


    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.

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