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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 a PurePod - 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 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 came...

The world’s most amazing pod hotels | The Telegraph

These six isolated cabins (pictured above) are spread across a large swathe of South Island, each one offering something slightly different, whether it's whale-watching in the Kaikoura region or wine-tasting in Waipara. Common to all, however, are the sweeping landscapes - of mountains, pastures, sea and sky - brought to the fore by floor to ceiling windows (and total lack of distracting modern features...

Best Eco Honeymoon destinations in stunning New Zealand | Less Stuff More Meaning

New Zealand is known for its gorgeous scenery, Lord of the Rings inspired rollinghills, tranquil atmosphere, and friendly people. With all this in mind, NewZealand is one of the world’s best hot spots for getaways… including honeymoons! Honeymooning whlist reducing your footprint, can be difficult. But with New Zealand’s ‘clean green’ mantra, the country offers a huge variety of eco...

Pod Hopping in New Zealand | Luxury Travel

Following the successful launch of the latest all glass room by PurePod, travel experts at New Zealand In Depth have launched a new itinerary to allow guest to see New Zealand’s South Island across a week-long pod hoping itinerary. The PurePod concept was first launched in 2014 when architect and visionary, Grant Ryan designed an all glass room allowing guests to stay overnight with interrupted...

A luxuriously small footprint : PurePods are doing some ridiculously awesome things with building space | Metropol Magazine

Humans’ stress response reduces just moments after entering a green space, and the term ‘biophilia’ isdefined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. Glass eco-cabins PurePods are theessence of biophilic design, incorporating natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature and viewsand other experiences of the natural world into a minimalist luxury cabin. A sojourn in a...

Kaikoura: Glass-box Glamping in New Zealand | FWT Magazine

Spring has sprung in New Zealand. Newborn lambs are frolicking, buds are bursting and the roadsides are filling fast with brightly-coloured daffodils. Still a bit too chilly for full-blown summer camping, now’s the season to test the waters with a bit of glass-box glamping. And where better to do it than Kaikoura, in New Zealand’s South Island, where there’s a 20-square metre glass hut positioned...

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