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The Atatū PurePod is just 90 minutes drive north-east from Christchurch, perched high above the coastline on an historic Greta Valley sheep farm, with sweeping sea views and fabulous sunrises.
Every direction you look there are stunning views, from the rolling hills dotted with sheep, to the snow-capped mountain views out the bathroom window, to the endless sea views – imagine how magical it is to wake up to the sun rising out of the water right in front of you!
Your journey to the Atatū PurePod starts with a scenic drive through a beautiful and historic farming area.
Take your time and enjoy the scenery, which switches from rolling farmland to forest and back to farmland again.
If you are lucky you might even get to see a cow or two wandering right beside the road or meet the local farmer moving a mob of sheep along the road.
After about 25 minutes you will reach the PurePod carpark. Leave your large luggage items in your locked car (it will be safe) then follow the walking track as it firstly follows a farm track before gently winding its way up through the native bush.
The walk is just under 750m and will take you around 15 minutes. Depending on the time of year, you may get to see lambs frolicking in the nearby paddock as you walk along the farm track. As you turn off into the native bush section of the walk keep an ear out for all the birds, including bellbirds (korimako), fantails (piwakawaka) and the occasional rifleman (tītipounamu).
As you round the last corner you will see the Atatū PurePod for the first time, perched on top of a small knoll. Once you get up to the PurePod, take a moment to soak in all the breathtaking views, whichever direction you look, the views are fabulous, from farmland to the sweeping coastline.
Once you are at the PurePod, you can sit back, relax, soak in the views and enjoy a complete absence of people. Comfortable deck chairs are provided, as is the most comfortable bed we can find. The PurePod has all the facilities you require including a fabulous shower, flush toilet, crisp linen, cooking and eating equipment including a gas hob and barbeque, tea coffee and milk; as well as an assortment of games, local reference books, a telescope and a whole lot of nothing to do!
“I feel like there’s no way to adequately thank you all for the invention of the PurePod experience. Everything from beginning to finish; the meander through the beautiful farmland, the sheep with tiny lambs and the crops and the cattle all going about their business as if they were not beautiful and unusual and from another world, the fantastic views of the ocean before the mist rolled in and enclosed us in white softness. Then, walking up the hill, lambs skedaddling around us, out of the mist emerging like a mother star ship was the wonderful PurePod bubble!” Vicky & Tim, Australia
If you are staying for a couple of days, perhaps set aside some time to check out some of the local sights, whether that’s the wineries down the road in Waipara, walking along the Motunau Beach, finding a good fishing spot at the Hurunui River mouth or experiencing the thrill of a jet boat ride on the Hurunui River with Energy Jet.
Please note, this PurePod is not suitable for those with mobility challenges due to the walk and the steps up to the PurePod.
Dinner & Breakfast Package
You can either bring your own supplies, or preorder a dinner and breakfast food package when you make your reservation. Made from fresh local ingredients the evening meal includes a snack platter with a tasty selection of cheeses, dips, pâté, bread or crackers, relishes, olives and cured meat or salmon. The main will include the chef’s selection of a locally produced meat (lamb, beef or venison), ready for you to cook on either the hob or barbecue (with instructions provided) accompanied with seasonal salads or vegetables and potatoes, plus something delightfully sweet to finish. Breakfast is either homemade toasted muesli or coconut, chia & cranberry bircher, both served with fresh yoghurt and berry compote. Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.
You can walk back down to the car park and drive to the Fossil Point Cafe or Amberley to stock up on supplies, but we guarantee once you get to your PurePod you’ll want to stay put, so please ensure you have enough food and drink to totally indulge in the isolation.
To include the Dinner & Breakfast Package on your booking, select this option at time of booking your PurePod stay (or let us know after you have made your booking and we can add this to your existing booking).
Private Farm Tour and Mountain Biking
If you are keen to explore the farm more during your stay, sign up for the scenic off-road tour offered by the farmer. For this tour, the farmer will take you for a drive through the farm while they share some of the history of the original family settlers, and show you even more of the scenic coastline, plus, you’ll get the chance to visit the local seal colony. The tour is for about 1 hour and costs $85.
And, if you enjoy bike riding, there is an off-road mountain bike looped 8km track, with beautiful views towards the Hurunui River mouth and the Pegasus Bay coastline. The track is well signposted, but you’ll need the map supplied by the farmer to get started. The cost is $18.50 per rider.
The track includes some steep gradients for that extra bit of fun. With an average fitness level you’ll be able to complete the track in around 1.5 hours.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to miss out if you don’t have your own mountain bikes with you, as the farmer can provide electric mountain bikes – a medium sized Giant, and a large Trek. It’s just $80 per rider including bike & helmet hire and access to the private mountain bike track.
Select these options at time of booking your PurePod stay
Check in & out
Check in is from 3pm (but please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to walk to the PurePod before dark). Check out is by 12pm on the day of departure. Once you have confirmed your booking, you will receive instructions on how to find your secret slice of paradise.