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Kiwi Camping Tuatara Hard Shell Rooftop Tent - Compact

Kiwi Camping Tuatara Hard Shell Rooftop Tent - Compact

Regular price $2,999.00 NZD
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Aerodynamic and packed full of features, the Tuatara Hard Shell Compact is perfect for effortless weekend adventures. Designed for Utes, small SUVs, and hatchbacks, the HSC pops up in under 2 minutes and saves space on your roof rack. The ABS plastic hard shell provides an extra layer of protection on the trails and a wind break in high-wind areas while keeping your tent dry when packed down. Enjoy longer sleep-ins with the blackout fly and darker canvas body. 


  • Tent Fly:  Made from a 420D ripstop Polyester with a Blackout PU coating for longer sleep in's with a darker interior and reduced heat. Water Proof rated to 3000mm, this Fly will keep you dry in any weather! 
  • Tent Body: 280g ripstop polycotton body is heavy-duty but lightweight; the darker colour also helps to reduce internal light. Waterproof rated to 20,000mm, you'll stay dry no matter what. 
  • ABS Hardshell: The Lightweight but hard-wearing ABS travel cover is aerodynamic and tough enough to handle NZ trails.
  • Telescopic Ladder: Adjustable 2.3m aluminium ladder can be adjusted to suit most vehicle heights.
  • Heavy-duty Frame: 22mm/25mm poles for more stability and durability on the trails. Our Aluminium Honeycomb base provides extra strength, giving the tent a 350kg weight limit and lightweight.
  • Sun Roof Feature to make the most of NZ's beautiful sun, perfect for some natural light on those wetter days.
  • 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!
  • Easy Pull Zippers: All our zippers come with our standard Kiwi Camping easy-grip zipper pulls! No more fumbling for the zipper!
  • Light Hanging Points: Internal and external light hanging points make lighting up your ladder or reading at night super easy! Power cord entry slots for running power from your vehicle, so you don't need cords coming through your windows!
  • Mattress: 3cm high-density sponge mattress with a diamond quilted cover for ultimate comfort, so you'll have a great night's sleep no matter how hard the trail is.
  • Fast Pitch: Set up your tent in less than 2 minutes; simply undo the three quick-release latches, and the gas struts will do the rest! The telescopic ladder easily adjusts to the desired height and suits most vehicles.
  • Compact Design: this allows you to make the most of your roof rack space and fits onto most vehicles. 
  • Internal Bungees: For fast and easy pack down.
  • 180-Degree Views: Make the most of the view wherever you are.
  • Sleeps 2-3 people / 2 Adults 1 Child


The Tuatara Hare Shell Compact is one of our easiest-to-set-up and pack-away tents! The Hard Shell Compact can be set up and packed away in 2 Minutes! All you need to do is undo your three quick-release latches, push the lid up, and let the gas struts do the rest! Pack down is just as easy, making it the ultimate over-landing tent! 

Looking to put the Hard Shell Compact on a smaller vehicle? No dramas! the Adjustable Telescopic ladder can be adjusted to suit most vehicles! 


The Tuatara Hard Shell Compact is ready for any adventure! The lightweight ABS shell is tough enough to handle the tightest of over-landing tracks; with a massive internal space, you’ll have plenty of room to spread out! The fold-out base provides an extra bit of shelter for your rig! 



Tested all over the North Island of New Zealand in whatever mother nature can through it! From the heavy frosts on the central plateau to the scorching sun in the far north! these tents are ready for whatever you can throw at them.

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


To mount your Rooftop Tent to your vehicle, you need a pair of roof racks or a roof platform rated to a dynamic load rating of 75kg. The spacing of these cross bars should be 800mm-1000 mm, we recommend using a fix-mounted roof rack system to ensure a secure fit and to spread the weight evenly on your vehicle.  


Open Dimensions: 1620mm W x 1200mm H x 2070mm D Closed Dimensions: 1620mm W x 300mm H x 1260mm D Weight: 72kg Internal Weight Rating: 350kg Roof Rack Rating (Recommended): 75kg
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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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  • Open Dimensions

  • Closed Dimensions

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Tuatara HSC Rooftop Tent

  • 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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  • HSC Roof Tent Annex

    HSC Annex adds extra living space for your touring or camping adventures. Features three entrances and ripstop oxford polyester fabric with blackout PU coating.

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  • HSC Roof Tent Awning

    The HSC awning adds extra sheltered space to your touring adventures. Attach it to your HSC Rooftop Tent through the front zipper and set it up in minutes.

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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.