The Zempire story

Zempire® is the little New Zealand camping empire built by husband and wife team Richard and Sophie Knauf. From small beginnings, a dedication to smart design and “the last 10%” has seen this Kiwi company quietly build a global community of devoted fans.

New Zealand’s spectacular but often rugged mountains, forests, beaches, rivers and coasts are where we put our designs to the test. Down here at the bottom of the world, the fresh sea breezes, strong UV light and sometimes wild (the locals like to call it “invigorating”) weather are nature’s perfect testing ground. If they can stand up to these conditions, they can thrive anywhere in the world.

Strength and durability are essentials for any great outdoors product - but it’s the dedication to design that makes Zempire® something special. All Zempire® products are meticulously constructed for ease of use, packability, and extra comfort. Every detail is considered. What’s more, they look great and are fun to use.

It’s the little things that matter.

Then there’s what we like to call “the last 10%”. These are the design features that elevate a product to something you’ll want to tell your friends about. It might be the way something packs down in lightning fast time, easy-pump “no arguments” air frames for quickly putting up tents, or glow in the dark zip pullers for those middle of the night bathroom visits. We’re continually testing new ideas, and it’s your feedback that keeps us striving to be even better.

Over the last 16 years, the Zempire® team are proud to have built a global network of like-minded distributors and inspired people worldwide to explore, roam and reconnect with a simpler way of life. Zempire® is now one of the fastest-growing camping brands in the world and can be found in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and North America.

So, are you ready to join us in the great outdoors? Build your own little empire with our range of products designed for adventure seekers.

About the distributer

We are sporttech. We are specialized in the production of Tents, Backpacks, Bags, and other (Outdoor) Accessoires. Our family-leaded business develops and produces Camping furniture and a wide range of Outdoor accessories for several market leading companies, specialist trade and PR-agencies.

On top of that, we are trying to find outdoor brands we like, in order to distribute them in the European market. That's why we started to distribute Zempire in 2022. Because we believe in the quality and durability of their tents as well as the innovative extras they provide. Innovation & changement in the outdoor market starts here. We are based in Germany, in a small town called Hirschberg. Where you are always welcome to visit us, have a look at our showroom and have a chat with us.

Contact Information

SPORT-TECH Rui-Yi-Lin GmbH & Co. KG 
Zempire DACH
Goldbeckstraße 6
69493 Hirschberg a. d. Bergstraße

Email Zempire:
Phone: +49 6201 84397 13