Equip Yourself for Your Next Camping Trip and Get Quality Outdoor Tents from Intents Outdoors
New Zealand is full of fantastic, exciting places perfect for camping and other outdoor activities. You’ll have no trouble finding beautiful spots to explore. From the famous tramping tracks, spectacular mountains, beach side family campsites, or just ‘going bush’, you can make the most out of your camping experience with gear from a tent company with your best interests at heart.
When you’re off conquering the great unknown, it’s reassuring to know you have reliable gear you can depend on. Having a fun and memorable trip should be the only thing that you think about so make sure that you pack the right gear to stay dry and safe. Wondering what type of tent that you should have? That’s where we come in.
Here at Intents Outdoors, we’ve got a great range of quality tents and camping gear for every purpose. Choose from ultralight tents, tramping tents, hunting tents, family tents, popup tents, inflatable tents, canvas tents, canvas swags, cot tents and roof top tents. We’ve got tarps and poles, windbreaks, event shelters and accessories, gazebos, sleeping bags and air beds, even fly fishing gear ... everything you need for your next camping adventure.
Wind can be your tent's biggest enemy! Don't let wind shred your tent and your holiday. Here are some tips for dealing with windy weather when you’re out camping.
Before you buy
If you’re buying a tent to handle windy weather you should get a good tent and gear suitable for the task. Consider …
Tent functions. Different style tents have different priorities - family tents prioritise size and comfort rather than aerodynamics, tents for casual weekend camping aim for convenience, and ultralight tents focus on light weight … all are less likely to deal with high winds. Look for the right tent for the conditions you’ll be facing.
Tent design. Dome style tents are more aerodynamic and will handle winds better than traditional cabin style tents. Tents higher in the centre with sloping walls, and a low profile will handle winds better. Some tents are all-rounders and some specifically designed to deal with extreme conditions. You can check out more about tent designs.
Tent fabrics. Canvas, polyester or nylon? Each has its pros and cons. Canvas is very tough but heavy and more commonly used in family cabin tents and swags. Nylon is light and strong and polyester a little heavier and bulkier. Both are commonly used for dome tents. Check out Ripstop and fabric Denier – generally the higher the Denier the thicker and stronger the fabric will be. Check out our info on pros and cons of tent fabrics and tent fabric specs for more info.
Tent poles. Generally the more poles used and the more times poles intersect the stronger the framework will be. Check how the poles are secured to the fly. And check the material and thickness of the poles.
Tent tie out points and pegs – make sure there are adequate tie out points, rope and pegs.
Ask the seller for advice if you have any questions.
Before you go
Check the weather forecast. Decide if you’re going or not. You can’t beat nature and sometimes it just might be better postpone your trip. Safety first.
If you’ve just bought a new tent set it up at home and learn how to pitch it and have a good idea of what it can handle before you go.
Prepare for the worst if bad weather is expected. What can you do beforehand to cope? Take the right tent if you have more than one, a repair kit, bigger or different tent pegs, more guy rope, a tarp, duct tape, sandbags … plan B.
When to pitch your tent? Depending on your situation, you might wait for the wind to weaken before setting up your tent.
Find a sheltered spot if possible. Look for natural windbreaks. If car camping you could use that as a windbreak.
Avoid trees. Pick a spot clear of any falling branches and potential hazards.
Clean up the area of objects that might get blown into you and your tent.
Having a helping hand will make things easier.
Check the direction the wind is coming from and pitch the tent with the smallest, lowest end facing into the wind to minimise the profile. Avoid setting up sideways to the wind creating a ‘sail’ to catch the wind’s full force.
Pitch with the main door facing away from the wind if possible.
Pitching in the wind depends on tent design and set up. Think about the best order of steps to set up the tent in the wind. Organise your gear and have what you need ready at hand.
Generally, it’s a good idea to assemble poles first, have pegs in a pocket and stake out the side/end of the fly facing the wind before working through set up.
Guy out the tent properly to add strength to the set up. Set pegs at a 45 degree into the ground and adjust guy rope to keep the fly taut. Loose, flapping parts are more likely to tear.
Avoid leaving the door or flaps open that might catch in the wind.
Throughout the night you may need to check your tent and make adjustments
Do what you can and accept the weather – try to get some sleep.
If your tent is not going to beat Mother Nature it might be time to pack up and come back another day. Stay safe.
When you get back think about what you could have done to improve your set up and keep that in mind the next time you go camping in windy weather.
Merry Christmas to everyone from Intents Outdoors! Almost there. Time to get your camping tents and holiday plans sorted.
We make every effort to make sure that orders are dispatched as soon as possible but once they leave our hands, final delivery depends on the courier companies. Most orders should be delivered on time but couriers will be swamped and delays can be expected.
We recommend allowing at least 2 extra working days to account for any potential delays. Better still, get orders in as soon as possible to make sure things get delivered ahead of time.
We will be working through the holiday period and pick up may be possible with prior confirmation.
As usual all orders will be shipped as soon as possible but we will not be able to dispatch orders on statutory holidays. The courier companies will be closed from Saturday 23rd – Tuesday 26th Dec. and for the New Year holiday from Dec 30th – Jan 2nd
For deliveries needed before Christmas …
North Island services - For orders placed before 2pm we can do same day dispatch and it’s usually next working day delivery. We recommend placing orders by Tuesday 19th Dec. to allow a couple more days in case of delay.
South Island services - For orders placed before 2pm we can do same day dispatch and it’s usually takes 2 working days for delivery. We recommend placing orders by Monday 18th Dec. to allow a couple more days in case of delay.
*Rural services - Delivery to rural addresses requires an extra 1-2 working days on top of the times above.
What are the advantages of roof top tents? Are there any disadvantages? Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons to help you know if they're right for you. Then check out answers to a lot of common questions for people considering one of our Orson Roof Top Tents.
What are the advantages of a roof top tent?
Mobility – Great for a road trip. The perfect adventure on the road if you’re moving from place to place. Set up wherever your vehicle can go. Top choice for people who often head out for weekend trips, surfers moving from beach to beach, 4x4 enthusiasts and anyone looking for a bit of adventure and fun.
Quick and easy set up – park and your tent can be set up in a few minutes. Another 10 minutes to set up the annex if required.
Comfort – sleeping on a luxurious double mattress up off the ground for a great night’s sleep. And leave your bedding in the tent when you pack up.
Durable – made of tougher, more durable and longer lasting weatherproof materials (like canvas, steel and aluminium tread plate) compared to ground tents which often focus on being light and portable.
Off ground – like your own tree house - no mud or flooding, catches breezes for ventilation.
Frees up storage space in vehicle – having the tent on the roof means you have more space in your vehicle for other gear.
Security – up off the ground makes things less accessible to animals and people.
Cheaper than RV – enjoy some of the comforts and mobility of an RV on a budget.
Are there any negative points to think about?
You can’t drive off to the nearest shops if the tent is set up. If you’re planning on camping in one spot for a long time that’s not so convenient. Bring your bike.
Getting the tent on and off the roof – a tent weighs about 60kg so will require 2 strong people to lift it up on and off. I leave mine on the vehicle for the whole camping season.
Road handling – affects the centre of gravity on your vehicle and fuel efficiency but nothing too noticeable.
Height – the height of the tent may make some parts difficult to access – I keep a small folding chair handy.
Higher cost – more expensive than a ground tent.
What’s the verdict?
The pros far outweigh the cons. Having one on my roof, that's my opinion. We've made a lot of planned trips and spur of the moment overnighters when the sun has come out. A roof top tent will open you up to a whole lot of new adventures. The feedback from our customers has been ‘Absolutely love it!’ Roll on summer.
If you're still not sure about a roof top tent then contact us at Intents Outdoors and we'll do our best to help out with any info or advice you might need.
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Right Tent for the Right Environment
Aren’t all tents pretty much the same? Tents are increasingly designed for specific purposes - different tent designs perform well in different terrains. When looking at purchasing tents, it’s crucial to consider where you’ll be using your tent and what conditions you’ll be experiencing. If you’re a keen camper you might be looking for a versatile, durable tent to handle varied situations or you might need a certain type of tent to handle your specific needs on your next adventure. There are many things to consider.
Dome tents have flexible poles which cross over the middle of the tent and have ends that are secured to webbing straps at the corners giving them a dome shape. Generally perform well in windy conditions, have good interior space, can deal with challenging weather conditions, including snow and are a very popular design. Geodesic tents use 4 or more criss-crossing poles to form a strong triangular structure, meaning they have greater stability in extreme weather conditions such as on mountains or windy, exposed areas. Semi geodesic tents work on the same triangular structure but typically use fewer poles. A good combination of weight and weather resistance in varied conditions makes tunnel tents a popular choice. They use a series of parallel arches giving them a tunnel shape and good internal space, and are ideally set up into the wind, but must be staked out for them to take shape and stay up. These are just a few of the tent designs available.
Sounds kind of obvious but you’ll also need to consider what you need your tent to do. Think about your priorities and what conditions you’ll be facing, then what kind of tent meets your priorities and is best suited to handle those conditions. You might like the look of an ultralight tent – wow, looks great and weighs less than your water bottle - but it’s not for you if you’re going car camping with the family.
Weather Proof Tents
The ideal weather-proof tent should be able to withstand the elements. It should cope with heat providing ventilation to keep you cool and comfy and provide shade from the sun. In rain, it should also be waterproof to keep you and your gear dry. And in the face of heavy wind your tent should be able to remain standing. Tent fabrics used should be able to contend with the stresses of sun, rain and wind. Most tents are rated as 3 season tents suitable for use in spring, summer and autumn while 4 season tents are designed for use in colder winter conditions with heavier rain, snow and winds that can destroy lighter weight tent poles and fabrics.
More and more people are finding that a shelter provides lots of options when camping. They protect against the sun, wind and rain. When used in unison with tents they provide a covered communal area day or night with multiple uses for living, dining and storage. The good news is we also have these available in stock with a range of accessories meaning you can customize them to suit your needs and set up a super camping HQ.
Why Shop With Us
With the multitude of tents available getting the right tent for you can be a bit confusing. Which design, purpose, specifications, size, material, rating, fly and floor, weight and packed size is right for me? Sure, making the right decision may seem tricky but with Intents Outdoors we’re here to help answer your questions. Our goal is to help you make the best possible choice for you so your next outdoor adventure goes without a hitch.
As well as the usual tents we’ve also stocked up on other camping gear like hammock tarps, windbreaks, camping and event shelters and gazebos, cot tents, sleeping bags and air beds. We have hiking backpacks, fishing packs, and fishing vests. We’ve just brought in canvas tents, swags and inflatable tents, and roof top tents for use on vehicles. Keep an eye out for new camping products we bringing in to the market.
Maintaining your gear is essential. We know bits and pieces disappear or need replacing so we have a range of spare parts and accessories for your tent including a range of tent pegs and stakes, guy ropes, and poles.
Have a question? Don’t be shy. We take pride in our product knowledge and would be more than happy to answer any questions, so we can guide you to the best camping gear for you.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can help you find the product that is right for you. We aim to please.
Looking to buy for a big group? Buy from us wholesale. If it’s for a group of kids ready to go on their first outdoor adventure or for a company teambuilding activity, you can come to us and we’ll be ready to provide you with what you need.
In line with our goal of being your trusted shop for camping gear, we’ve made the buying process a lot easier and convenient for wholesale transactions. This way, you can save on time and effort and instead focus on counting down the days until your greatest outdoor experience of all time.
Product Quality Guaranteed
We put our name on the line with every product we sell, and so we make sure that you get great value for your money with every purchase. And better yet, all of our products come with a one-year warranty. While we are confident that you won’t have to use it, this is us saying that we have your best interests at heart.
In the slight chance that a product is faulty due to manufacturing defect, we will correct the issue. Just get in touch with us immediately and you can rest assured that we’ll do our best.
Here at Intents Outdoors, all the tent gear you need is within easy reach. Our friendly staff are happy to share their skills and knowledge with you so you can make the best decision. Your satisfaction is our mission, and we take that as seriously as you do your camping trips.
Make your next camping trip smooth and easy with top quality tents. Reach us by hitting our Contact Us button and sending your queries. We look forward to hearing from you and, more than that, we’re keen to help you with your next outdoor expedition!