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Accommodation review: Greystone Purepod, Waipara Valley

Frances Cook exposes every glorious detail of staying in a floor-to-ceiling glass cabin. Plan a remote escape when your local alert levels allow. Location Greystone Vineyard, less than an hour north of Christchurch Style Minimalist luxury, with your glass cabin letting you soak in 360-degree views of the Waipara vineyards and Southern Alps. Perfect for A romantic weekend away from it...

PurePods: A great option for the grounded jetsetter

OPINION: Being involved in business, I'm unfortunately often presented with guru business futurists breathlessly describing the future. For anyone who hasn't had the slightly religious-feeling experience, these pundits wave their arms around and talk about "exponential change," "moonshot" and, my favourite, "disruption”. Basically what they mean is that some businesses are doing things...

North Canterbury: The forgotten wine region of New Zealand. Plus, What It’s Like to Stay in a PurePod!

Kelly Bertrand from Capsule Magazine takes a trip to North Canterbury and can’t believe what she finds! We all know that New Zealand’s wine scene is absolutely world-class, and as an, err, enthusiast of trying all the different regions out, I’d like to think I’m somewhat of an expert. That’s expert in rocking up at a cellar door, not wine – just to be clear. Formerly known as the...

New Zealand’s most sustainably focused luxury lodges | NZ Herald

When it comes to lodges we have some world leaders, writes Ewan McDonald. We thought we'd set the bar pretty high when we decided to profile "some of New Zealand's greatest luxury lodges and what makes them so special". Perhaps we didn't realise how many high-end lodgings you can find in and around Aotearoa. So we decided to focus on the best of the best. Some centres have more than their share of...

Travel podcast: Why remote destinations make the best holidays | NZ Herald

Ever wish you could just get away from it all? The NZ Herald Travel team loves going to truly remote places, and this week, we're covering our favourites. Listen to Maggie Wicks' story about "podhopping" her way around the South Island, staying in the truly remote PurePods in Kaikōura, Waipara Valley and the Banks Peninsula. Then join Maggie, travel writer Juliette Sivertsen and travel editor...

Waipara Valley, North Canterbury: A must-do food and wine destination | NZ Herald

The Rakaia River is calling my name: it's hot inside the car. From my window, I see a line of jet boats skimming across the river's metallic-green surface. A family have gathered at the river's edge for a picnic. I want to do that, too. But we must press on. Our goal is to drive to the Waipara Valley, taking in a chunk of the Alpine Pacific Touring Route, one of the country's newest touring routes. We'll...

Great Escape: Go Off-Grid In Luxury At PurePods Kaikōura Hut | Viva Magazine

Hike through kanuka trees to discover a five-star hut of glass The idea of going "backcountry" typically evokes images of hiking boots, long socks and shorts, a giant backpack and a night in a tent or DOC hut. But going backcountry with PurePods is an image of luxury, isolation and endless views of nature, while retaining that off-grid simplicity so many intrepid travellers seek. You might still...

New Zealand holidays: PurePods – sleep in luxury under the stars | NZ Herald

I gazed up from the comfort of my bed at the night sky, a mottled canvas of stars. A dazzling show of constellations, shooting stars and the occasional satellite whizzed across the heavens. Outside the wind blew through the tussock. Something small - a skink, or maybe a rabbit - dashed past. Somewhere outside, sheep were sleeping, or perhaps watching too. I was spending the night in at PurePods - a...

Southern Stays: Escape to glass cabin luxury in Canterbury’s Greta Valley | stuff.co.nz

Showering nude in a glass cabin, totally exposed to the outside world, is a confronting experience. No matter how many times you've been reassured nobody will disturb you, it's undeniably odd. The glass cabin in question was the Atatū PurePod, located about 90 minutes north-east of Christchurch and perched high above the coastline on an historic Greta Valley sheep farm. The pod, the newest in a...

Peek inside these incredible all-glass tiny homes in New Zealand’s South Island | The Upsider

It took the owners of PurePods eight years to develop and build the first 20-square-metre glass tiny house. The part that took the longest? Determining how the technology would run inconspicuously through the home. Because PurePods aren’t your typical tiny houses. Instead, they’re cabins made entirely of glass. Glass walls, a glass ceiling and even clear, glass-like furniture. “The concept...

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